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Reports to Congress

General Information

The Office of Science Policy Analysis (OSPA) often leads the development of reports mandated by Congress. Examples of reports prepared by OSPA include Congressional Appropriations Committee Reports (CACRs) and those mandated by the NIH Reform Act of 2006, which includes the NIH Director’s Biennial Report and the report on NIH Collaboration with other Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) agencies.

Summary of the NIH Reform Act of 2006

NIH Biennial Report

Biennial Report of the Director of the National Institutes of Health
The NIH Director’s Biennial Report provides Congress, NIH stakeholders, and the public with an integrated portrait of activities across all of the NIH Institutes and Centers on a biennial basis.

Major sections of the report include:

Biennial Report of the Director of the NIH coverAn overviewPDF Icon (Print Version PDF Icon), of NIH structure, operations, policies and procedures and various cross-cutting activities

NIH research activities on specific disease, disorders, and adverse health conditionsPDF Icon (Print Version PDF Icon), with an emphasis on strategic planning and funding decisions

NIH research activities from the perspective of key research approaches and resourcesPDF Icon (Print Version PDF Icon), such as genomics, data registries, career development, and information clearinghouses

Reports on Centers of ExcellencePDF Icon (Print Version PDF Icon), established by statutory mandate in areas including Alzheimer’s disease, Autism and Health Disparities

Appendices (Print Version PDF Icon), including the statutory mandates for the NIH Biennial Report, descriptions of the missions of the NIH ICs and the OD program offices, data on the primary NIH research training programs, and an index.

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Report on NIH Collaborations with Other HHS Agencies

Section 403A [283a] (a), Annual Reporting to Increase Interagency Collaboration and Coordination, was added to the Public Health Service Act by Section 104 of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reform Act of 2006, and requires that the NIH Director forward to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary an annual report on NIH’s collaborations with other HHS Agencies .1 This, our fifth report to the Secretary, covers FY 2011.

The NIH’s collaborative efforts with other HHS agencies are a critical component of the HHS mission to protect the health of all Americans and provide essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. As the Nation’s leading biomedical and behavioral research institution, NIH is dedicated to the pursuit of fundamental scientific knowledge about living systems and the application of that knowledge to improve people’s health and reduce the burden of disease. Our collaborations with other HHS agencies promote the translation of NIH’s research to community health practice, coordinate a range of health programs and policies, enable better tracking of patient safety initiatives, and optimize agency efforts to reduce health disparities, thereby providing a healthier population, resulting in increased social and economic benefits.

The 2011 fiscal year report can be found on the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Web site located at

All prior year reports are also located on the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) Web site at

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