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Risk Management

Risk Management – The NIH Risk Management Program provides all organizations in NIH a framework for systematically identifying and addressing risks that might adversely affect NIH’s ability to fulfill stated missions, goals, and objectives.

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Risk Management

Risk Management is a continuous process, carried out by the members of an organization, designed to proactively identify and mitigate risks to help promote the achievement of the organization's objectives, strategy, and mission.

Risk Management involves a process in which risks are identified throughout an organization so that appropriate actions can be taken to address them.  Risk Management also drives accountability by assigning responsibility to personnel for considering risk as part of their daily jobs.

As a steward of public funds, NIH is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective risk management and financial management systems that meet the objectives of the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA) and OMB Circular No. A-123, Management's Responsibility for Internal Control.

The NIH Risk Management Program​ (NIH Users Only) operates with the purpose of:

  • ​Supporting the research mission and vision of NIH.
  • Improving strategic decision making.
  • Identify risks and proactively manage them.
  • Increase organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Promote accountability and integrity of the organization's work.
  • Use a common approach to evaluate operational and management risks.
The NIH Manual Chapter 1750 policy outlines responsibilities​ for complying with the NIH Risk Management Program.  The Risk Management Program establishes and outlines procedures for managing risks and for evaluating controls that improve programs and operations within the agency's extramural, intramural, and administrative components. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who do I contact for patient issues?
Please contact the NIH Clinical Center to speak with a Patient Representative at (301) 496-2626.  The Patient Representative handles all problems or concerns related to patient issues.  The RMAL does not handle patient-related matters.

Who do I contact to validate a physician's credentials?
Please contact (301) 496-5937 to speak with the Clinical Center's Credentialing Services desk.  The Credentialing Services staff handles the review of medical staff credentials, assuring NIH health-care providers are well qualified.  The RMAL does not handle physician-related matters.

Where can I find a link to OMB Circular A-123?
Information about the OMB Circular A-123 can be found here.

Where can I find a link to the Federal Managers' Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA)?
Information about the FMFIA can be found here.

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Contacting RMAL

Risk Management and Audit Liaison

Director, Meredith Stein

National Institutes of Health,

Office of Management Assessment

6011 Executive Blvd., Suite 601, MSC 7669

Rockville, MD 20852

Phone: (301) 496-2461 or (301) 402-5845

Fax: (301) 480-0169

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