The goal of the Return on Investment activity is to provide the NIH Director with authoritative, qualitative and quantitative analyses of return on investments, by studying selected and measurable outputs and outcomes of NIH investments. The value of NIH investments are analyzed with an understanding of NIH’s science advances and their economic implications for the health care system and for society, with particular attention to cost-savings, cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statue that allows individuals to request access to federal agency records, except to the extent records are protected from disclosure by the Freedom of Information Act.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) FOIA office generally handles three different categories of requests:
- requests for information maintained by the Office of the Director, NIH
- requests that involve trans NIH issues or initiatives unless a specific IC has responsibility
- requests for information that will not be released because it is protected by one or more of the FOIA's nine exemptions or three exclusions
While all requests may be sent to the NIH FOIA Office, each of NIH's separate Institutes and Centers has its own FOIA Coordinator. Requesters should direct requests for information about a specific NIH component to that component.
For additional information about the Freedom of Information Act and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) go to: http://www.nih.gov/icd/od/foia/index.htm.
For additional information about the Freedom of Information Act and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) go to: http://www.hhs.gov/foia/45cfr5.html.
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