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GSA, NIH Partner in Centers of Excellence Initiative

The two agencies are entering into a partnership to accelerate IT modernization at NIH research institute focused on child and maternal health

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, are entering into an agreement to modernize IT operations at NICHD. The collaboration is part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative, housed within GSA’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office.

This collaboration will facilitate NICHD’s acceleration and adoption of an IT modernization strategy. NICHD researchers carry out the institute’s mission in the lab, in the field, and in their offices using critical infrastructure, data, and applications. The IT modernization strategic roadmap developed through this CoE partnership will provide immediate business value to NICHD and address strategic opportunities in an accelerated manner.

The CoE team of Cloud Adoption, Data and Analytics, and organizational change management experts will be supported by private sector teams, and expert practitioners who reside within the CoE, using documented best practices from the federal and private sectors.

“GSA is proud that the expertise of our Centers of Excellence will support the critical NICHD research,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “It is more important than ever to focus on cross-agency collaboration, and I look forward to seeing the fantastic results that will be achieved at NIH through this IT modernization partnership.”

“The addition of NIH as a new partner is a testament to the dedication of the CoE, and the larger TTS team, to continue to serve agency partners amid today’s challenging environment,” said TTS Director Anil Cheriyan. “The CoE will help the NICHD team advance foundational technology elements, such as infrastructure, data, and applications that are critical enablers of its mission.”

NIH is the latest agency to partner with GSA and apply the CoE approach to modernization. Other agencies have included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

As part of GSA’s Technology Transformation Services within GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, the CoE initiative accelerates IT modernization at federal agencies by leveraging private sector innovation and government services while centralizing best practices and expertise for holistic transformation. TTS helps agencies make their services more accessible, efficient, and effective with modern applications, platforms, processes, personnel, and software solutions.

About GSA

The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across the government. One of GSA’s four strategic goals is to improve the way agencies buy, build and use technology. To learn more about GSA or the CoE visit or and join the conversation on social media at @USGSA@GSACOE and @GSAEmily.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development leads research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. For more information, visit https://www.nichd.nih. gov.

About NIH
NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit