The Acquisition Departments are responsible for selecting the most efficient and
cost effective method of procuring supplies and services, including maximizing the
use of commercial products and services, promoting competition and minimizing administrative
operating costs. The three procuring departments are:
The Purchasing Department is responsible for the acquisition of all commercially
available products supporting Frederick National Lab operations. It also supports
the other on-site contractors under contract with NCI and other NCI and National
Institute of Health (NIH) programs. The Purchasing Department has four main groups:
Supplies and Services Team
Responsible for the acquisition of all supplies and commercial services. Supplies
include requests from the Facilities Maintenance and Engineering (FME) shops and
the Consolidated Warehouse, live animals and veterinary supplies, radioisotopes,
media and sera, chemicals and reagents, biopharmaceuticals, research & development
production supplies, laboratory furniture, computer related supplies, office supplies,
and other related industrial and laboratory items. Services include printing, temporary
staffing contracts, relocation, couriers, and lab analysis testing.
Responsible for the acquisition of all capital equipment, system-specific software,
installation, start-up supplies and initial hardware and software maintenance to
render the system operable, office furniture, system furniture and design services.
Capital equipment acquisitions include all laboratory, administrative, computer
and some installed equipment.
Equipment Maintenance Team
Responsible for repair of equipment, software support agreements and for service
maintenance agreements for laboratory and administrative equipment.
Acquisition Support Team
Responsible for the Purchase Card program, Blanket Purchase Order program, and the
cellular/wireless program. Also responsible for providing support to buying groups,
i.e. processes bids proposals and solicitations, Contracting Officer's Authorization
(COA) when required.
Subcontracts and Intellectual Property
Includes items not commercially marketed, such as major research and development projects, technical services to meet customer requirements, and consultant agreements.
Includes design, construction and renovation projects, and real property leasing.