IT Modernization

NIH lab taps GSA's cloud expertise

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The General Services Administration and one of the National Institutes of Health's research operations have partnered to rapidly modernize the component's IT plans.

GSA and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICDH), signed an agreement that will leverage GSA's Technology Transformation Services's Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiatives to develop and adopt an IT modernization strategy at the institute, according to a May 4 GSA statement.

NICDH researches a wide range of child, familial and reproductive health issues.

The collaboration, said the agencies, will speed up the research organization's modernization of IT infrastructure, data and applications at its headquarters in Bethesda, Md., as well as its field offices and operations.

The IT modernization strategy, they said, will uncover "immediate business value" that NICHD can capitalize on quickly.

GSA said along with TTS experts in its Cloud Adoption and Data and Analytics centers, it will also bring in private-sector teams and use federal and commercial IT best practices to the effort.

"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," said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy in the statement.

"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 in the statement. "The CoE will help the NICHD team advance foundational technology elements, such as infrastructure, data, and applications that are critical enablers of its mission."

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Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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