About OALM

About OALM

The Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OALM), under the direction of Diane Frasier, OALM Director and Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA), provides leadership, guidance and oversight for acquisition and logistics at NIH. OALM is a diverse, multi-faceted organization with a wide array of responsibilities that are carried out across other offices within the larger organization.

OALM provides leadership, advice and oversight in acquisition and financial advisory services to the 27 Institutes and Centers, which comprise the National Institutes of Health. By working in conjunction with the ten (10) operating Offices of Acquisitions, which carry out the R&D and large station support contracting, and the delegated community that performs day-to-day purchases, OALM strengthens the critical partnerships across the NIH customer base to facilitate quality and responsiveness in acquisition. Additionally, OALM is a leader in providing logistical support to the NIH through the central services for property, key transportation, logistics, and NIH-wide acquisition services. OALM’s services are delivered through the:

  • The Office of Acquisition Management and Policy (OAMP)
  • The Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO)
  • Deputy Director’s Office (DDO)
  • Administrative and Program Resources Office (APRO)
  • Program Planning and Management Branch (PPMB)
  • Financial Coordination Office (FCO)

This Web site serves as a gateway to these services and resources

The Office of Acquisition Management and Policy (OAMP)

The OAMP is dedicated to providing key leadership and guidance in acquisition and financial advisory services to the NIH. OAMP strives to ensure that the best value in products and services from the simple to complex research and development projects is achieved. In addition to providing the R&D and negotiated contract policy, OAMP implements simplified acquisition policy, administers and oversees the NIH Purchase Card and BPA Programs.

The Office of Logistics and Acquisition Operations (OLAO)

The OLAO provides a wide variety of high quality products and outstanding services to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies. OLAO is NIH's premier central services organization for personal property, logistics and acquisition services, and a valued business partner to the other agencies it supports. OLAO handles many services for the community from reverse auctions, to renting a vehicle from Enterprise Car Rental.

Deputy Director’s Office (DDO)

The DDO supports acquisition data needs, training, certification programs, and performance measurement for the NIH acquisition community in addition to supporting several key HCA initiatives

Administrative and Program Resources Office (APRO)

APRO performs the key Administrative Officer activities and program coordination and oversight for crosscutting programs which serve as a resource to all offices within OALM. In addition, APRO provides support to the OALM Director on internal management and workforce studies specific to operations and human relation matters.

Program Planning and Management Branch (PPMB)

The PPMB directly supports the Head of Contracting Activity and the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OALM) staff on myriad issues ranging from governance and NIH Business System (NBS) enhancements to special projects that impact acquisition policies and the NIH community. Serving as a liaison with the acquisitions community and partnering with the NBS Project Team, the Office of Financial Management (OFM), and the Office of Budget (OB), the PPMB strives to provide technical, logistical, and project and change management expertise to support OALM’s mission activities and objectives.

Financial Coordination Office (FCO)

The FCO provides support to the OALM budget process relative to establishment, allocation, and control. FCO also performs routine analysis of spending activities and provides guidance to the OALM Director/HCA and program managers on the regulatory aspects of using funds.