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​​Delegations of Authority

Delegations of Authority - The Delegations of Authority Program provides assistance and policy guidance to NIH functional and program managers in the research, development, review, and issuance of all new and revised NIH Delegations of Authority.


​Delegations of Authority 

The NIH Delegations of Authority Program manages formal delegations of authority (DoA) from​ the NIH Director and other senior officials across NIH.  These delegations are maintained by the NIH Delegations Officer within the Division of Management Support (DMS), in hard copy and electronically within the NIH Delegations of Authority system. 

The system provides NIH staff the ability to review NIH DoAs.  In addition, Institutes and Centers (ICs) maintain their respective redelegations within the system. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What are Delegations of Authority?

  • Formal assignment of legal power to make decisions and take actions
  • Documentation of responsibility for decision making and expenditure of funds
  • Administration of day-to-day operations (personnel, property, travel, training, etc.)
  • To tell you:
    • Who is delegating and receiving the authority
    • What authority is being delegated
    • Where this authority can be used
    • Why the authority has been implemented

What does the Delegations of Authority Program Provide?
  • Assistance and policy guidance to NIH DoA Issuing Offices and program managers with research, development, review, and issuance of all new and revised NIH-level DoAs.
  • Maintenance of official files for all NIH DoAs signed by the NIH Director or other senior NIH officials and issued through the NIH DoA system.
  • Access and guidance for the DoA system and Delegations-L listserv
  • Liaison to Senior level HHS managers in the coordination of management initiatives and activities
  • Coordination with IC and OD office DoA Coordinators.

Where is the current list of Delegations?
All current NIH Delegations from the NIH Director to senior NIH officials are accessible via the NIH Delegations of​ Authority Database, located at​ (NIH Access Only)


IC staff who wish to view their IC's DoAs, please contact your IC DoA Coordinator for more information.

Additional Reference

Overview of the DoA Database​​​
Submitting Delegations of Authority
DoA Laws, Policies, and Memoranda
DoA Resources​
DoA Coordinators

Contacting DMS

Division of Management Support

Director, Anna Amar

National Institutes of Health,

Office of Management Assessment

6011 Executive Blvd., Suite 601, MSC 7669

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: (301) 496-2832 or (301) 496-4606

Fax: (301) 402-0169

Want to know more about allegations?

DPI has the authority to conduct reviews using certain rules and acts.

Learn More About Allegations
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