[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 27 (Wednesday, February 10, 1999)]
[Pages 6672-6673]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-3240]



National Institutes of Health

Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of 

    Part N, National Institutes of Health, of the Statement of 
Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority for the 
Department of Health and Human Services (40 FR 22859, May 27, 1975, as 
amended most recently at 63 FR 8656, February 20, 1998, and 
redesignated from Part HN as Part N at 60 FR 56605, November 9, 1995), 
is amended as set forth below to establish the substructure of the 
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
    Section N-B, Organization and Functions, under the heading National 
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ND, formerly HND), 
is amended by inserting the following:
    Office of the Director (ND1, formerly HND1). (1) Plans, directs, 

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and evaluates the development and progress of programs and activities 
of the Center; (2) develops major policies and program decisions based 
on an evaluation of the status of support and accomplishments of the 
Center's program areas; (3) coordinates with full-time institute 
liaisons to facilitate appropriate coordination and scientific input 
within NIH; (4) collaborates with other NIH Institutes and Centers in 
the identification of ongoing activities and planned new directions in 
complementary and alternative medicine research and research training 
as it relates to the overall NIH mission; (5) serves as the focal point 
for a program of complementary and alternative medicine intramural 
research carried out in NIH laboratories and clinics, including the 
sponsorship of intramural research trainees; (6) maintains requisite 
liaison with other government, voluntary, and private organizations and 
groups nationally; (7) promotes complementary and alternative medicine 
research by outreach and responsiveness to scientific and lay publics, 
including Congress, the media, and the general public, especially by 
managing the Center's information clearinghouse; (8) coordinates all 
aspects of committee management, including the activities of all 
Congressionally-mandated committees and advisory councils; and (9) 
coordinates all extramural and intramural training activities of the 
    Office of Administrative Operations (ND12, formerly HND12). (1) 
Advises the Director, Deputy Director, and senior Center staff on 
administrative matters; (2) plans and directs management functions of 
the Center including financial management, personnel management, 
purchase and maintenance of equipment and supplies, and acquisition and 
management of space; (3) is responsible for execution of the research 
management and support and intramural budgets; (4) develops, 
implements, and supervises the Center's program planning and evaluation 
activities by initiating and conducting a wide variety of analytical 
studies that provide a rational basis for key policy and program 
decisions; and (5) has broad responsibility for the supervision of the 
Center's computer-related activities.
    Office of Legislation, Policy and Analysis (ND13, formerly HND13). 
(1) Advises the Director, Deputy Director, and senior Center staff on 
policy matters and other relevant issues that may affect Center 
programs and initiatives; (2) develops and implements the program 
planning, analysis, and evaluation activities of the Center; (3) serves 
as liaison with the NIH legislative analysis community, keeping abreast 
of their policy and program developments; (4) conducts the Center's 
legislative liaison activities, including drafting testimony, reports, 
and memos concerning the Center's and NIH's complementary and 
alternative medicine-related activities, responding to Congressional 
requests for information, and analyzing and tracking legislation 
regarding complementary and alternative medicine; and (5) analyzes and 
tracks legislation affecting the mission of the Center, and makes 
recommendations to the Center Director for legislative proposals.
    Office of Communications and Public Liaison (ND14, formerly HND14). 
(1) Represents the Center's Director for press and other public 
matters; (2) prepares reports, publications, press releases, exhibits, 
and education programs, and responds to inquiries from the press, 
professional organizations, scientists, and the general public about 
the complementary and alternative medicine research programs and 
policies of the NIH; (3) communicates the goals and results of NIH's 
complementary and alternative medicine-supported research and provides 
information about the Center's mission, programs, activities, and 
initiatives to the general public and specific target audiences, both 
directly and via intermediaries, such as the news media; (4) advises 
the Director, Deputy Director, and other Center staff on communication 
matters and, as appropriate, assists staff in meeting their 
communication needs; (5) assures compliance with NIH and Departmental 
procedures for the review and clearance of public materials, including 
manuscripts, speeches, and publicly available electronic documents; and 
(6) serves as the contact point for members of the public who wish to 
communicate with Center staff, and also facilitates collaborative 
relationships between the Center and the many individuals and 
organizations it serves.
    Division of Extramural Research, Training and Review (ND2, formerly 
HND2). (1) Advises the Director, Deputy Director, and senior Center 
staff on matters pertaining to the development, promulgation and 
management of policies and procedures related to extramural (grant, 
cooperative agreement, and contract) research and training programs in 
complementary and alternative medicine; (2) represents the Center on 
numerous permanent and ad hoc NIH, Departmental, interagency, and non-
governmental committees concerned with extramural program activities; 
(3) provides guidance in the development of Center policies and 
recommended procedures concerning peer review, extramural research 
programs, research training and career development programs; (4) 
facilitates and stimulates interaction and exchange of information on 
complementary and alternative medicine between NIH Institutes and 
Centers to promote understanding of the NIH's long-range plans; (5) 
interprets effect of proposals for long-term support on projected NIH 
Institute or Center plans regarding complementary and alternative 
medicine; (6) recommends budget allocations for the various 
complementary and alternative medicine-related programs; (7) acts as 
liaison between NIH Institutes and Centers for activities relating to 
complementary and alternative medicine grant application assignments, 
foreign travel, and foreign grants; (8) identifies complementary and 
alternative medicine research developments and determines where 
additional research and training efforts are required; and (9) arranges 
workshops, conferences, seminars, and meetings where appropriate to 
stimulate or facilitate research in complementary and alternative 

Delegations of Authority Statement

    All delegations and redelegations of authority to offices and 
employees of NIH which were in effect immediately prior to the 
effective date of this realignment and are consistent with this 
realignment shall continue in effect, pending further redelegation.

    Dated: January 5, 1999.
Harold Varmus,
Director, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 99-3240 Filed 2-9-99; 8:45 am]