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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 Compliance Management (DCM), 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
Delegations of Authority Resources​​
DoA Coordinators

Contacting DoA

Program Lead, LeRoy “Scott”  Sloper

Management Operations Branch

Division of Compliance Management

Office of Management Assessment

Office of Management

Office of the Director

6705 Rockledge Dr.
Suite 601
Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone:(301) 480-5065