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Office of Communications and Government Relations

The Office of Communications and Government Relations (OCGR) is the office with overall responsibility for coordinating efforts to interpret and disseminate the goals and results of NIAID research programs and projects to numerous audiences, including

  • The biomedical community
  • Congress
  • State and local governments
  • The media
  • Constituents and other specialized groups
  • Physicians and other healthcare professionals and the general public, at national and international levels

OCGR program efforts include

  • Developing short- and long-term communications policies, objectives, and strategies in support of the mission and priorities of the Institute
  • Serving as the liaison and point of contact for all legislative matters; providing critical legislative analysis and preparing Congressional testimony
  • Coordinating responses to all NIAID-directed media inquiries; writing news releases and statements directed to the media
  • Responding to requests for information and records submitted under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) programs
  • Responding to public inquiries regarding NIAID-related research and health topics; for example, biodefense, HIV/AIDS, and infectious, allergic, and immunologic diseases
  • Writing content for and producing pamphlets, fact sheets, and Web-based information materials for the public
  • Managing the NIAID website, including content, policies, standards, and guidelines, and using the Internet as a primary tool in communications efforts
  • Serving as the Institute’s liaison with appropriate voluntary, advocacy, and professional societies; providing information exchange; and building understanding partnerships
  • Utilizing and integrating new communication technologies

OCGR directs and coordinates the following offices:


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Last Updated September 19, 2013