NIH Names 40-Year Vet Mary Armstead to Lead Contracting, Acquisition Policy

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Mary Armstead (NIH photo)

The National Institutes of Health has appointed Mary Armstead associate director of the agency’s office of acquisition and management, effective Oct. 1, Federal News Radio reports.

Tom Temin writes she will report to office Director Diane Frazier and oversee the agency’s contracting activities, acquisition policy, credit card programs, blanket purchase agreements and the financial management division.

She will also have responsibilities to NIH’s parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, where she will oversee negotiations of indirect cost agreements with commercial firms for research and development contracts and grant recipients, the station reports.

Prior to this appointment, she served as director of NIH’s Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center, or NITAAC, which awarded a potential $20 billion information technology services contract in May.

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