What is OCM?
OCM supports the NIH mission and its commitment to the health and wellbeing of people in the United States and abroad.
The office was established in 1996 to:
- Enable NIH institutes and centers (ICs) to more effectively and efficiently receive needed services.
- Facilitate savings in full-time employee activities generally associated with centralization of services, while still allowing institutes to retain some control over the services they receive.
- Promote an increased level of consistency in the application of procedures and in the quality of operations across NIH committees.
- Address the goals of reinvention/streamlining by promoting greater efficiency in the utilization of existing full-time employees.
What does the OCM do?
OCM is dedicated to assuring overall compliance with the
Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Public Law 92-463.
FACA became law in 1972 to provide a system for governing the creation and operation of advisory committees within the Executive Branch of the U.S. government. Federal agencies must adhere to FACA requirements and to
FACA guidelines set forth by the General Services Administration. In addition, agencies must maintain systematic information on the nature, functions, and operations of advisory committees, and they must appoint a Committee Management Officer to oversee administration of FACA requirements.
The NICHD OCM ensures that all FACA requirements are met, that federal advisory committee meetings are legally held, that the meetings allow for discussion and decisions regarding health and health policy, and that these issues are deliberated so that recommendations made are in the best interests of the public. For specific information about OCM services, visit
Why does NICHD have an OCM?
NICHD OCM acts as a competitive service center, a concept that emerged as a follow-up to the 1994 NIH Leadership Retreat as a way to provide flexibility in meeting and facilitating NIH-mandated full-time employee reductions.
These service centers provide a formal vehicle for NIH ICs to obtain services from other NIH ICs for a variety of administrative tasks.
Service centers perform functions internally, through an interagency agreement. The benefit of an internal service center is that it increases the range and quality of services available, often with fewer staff, which means a lower overall cost to NIH.