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National Cancer Institute (NCI) — Consolidated Support Services
NOVA provides assistance throughout the NCI in support of a vast array of activities, including the conduct of scientific meetings, information dissemination, report preparation, communications, data management, program evaluation, and administrative support. The goal of these efforts is to help monitor research programs, transfer research results to researchers and health care providers, assess state-of-the-art science on topics of special interest, convey clinical recommendations, create opportunities for collaboration, and inform the public of cancer-related health concerns. Currently, NOVA supports several NCI components—including the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, President's Cancer Panel, Office of Education and Special Initiatives, Applied Research Program, Center for Cancer Research (NCI's intramural research program), Office of Science Planning and Assessment, and Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program—through multiyear Task Orders.

NCI Developmental Therapeutics Program
The Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP) of the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) promotes all aspects of the discovery and preclinical development of new compounds for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer (and, to a lesser extent, AIDS). In 1993 and 1998, NOVA was awarded 5-year contracts to provide scientific/technical and logistic support services for the DTP, and in 2002 was awarded a third 5-year contract to continue this support. NOVA's primary role is to provide scientific writing, editorial, and data management support to the committees and groups responsible for evaluating compounds and determining their progress through the drug development process. These committees form a network with a central entity serving as the main decision-making body. NOVA staff attend meetings, write action items and highly technical summary minutes, and work closely with Chairs and members to facilitate committee work. NOVA helps maintain a vast amount of information in a variety of databases.

NCI Office of Policy Analysis and Response (OPAR)
The NCI Office of Policy Analysis and Response (OPAR) is responsible for coordinating Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, including requests for data produced under NIH grants. NOVA assists OPAR by maintaining an infrastructure for receiving, evaluating, and documenting FOIA requests; forwarding requests to appropriate grantee institutions for processing; collecting and disbursing fees for fulfilling requests; working with grantee institutions to import, review, and releasing scientific data sets (including editing data sets to protect the privacy of human research subjects); maintain recordkeeping and reporting systems; and provide long-term storage of required data and documentation.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
NIDA's intramural research program (IRP) is engaged in multidisciplinary clinical and preclinical research bearing on etiology, abuse potential, and reinforcing effects of drugs; mechanisms of drug action; and consequences and treatment of drug abuse. In 1991, NOVA was awarded a 5-year contract to provide recruitment support services for the IRP, and this contract was reawarded in 1996 and in 2001. NOVA plays a vital role in the conduct and management of inpatient and outpatient research studies being conducted by the clinical program of the IRP through subject recruitment, screening, evaluation, discharge, and follow-up services. NOVA staff locate, recruit, screen, and evaluate potential subjects for enrollment in IRP therapeutic and nontherapeutic research protocols. They also provide counseling and discharge planning for participants in nontherapeutic residential protocols and counseling and discharge planning on selected therapeutic protocols. NOVA staff maintain secure medical records and computerized files related to IRP research subjects.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
In 1996, the CDC awarded a CDC Information Systems Support Services (CISSS) contract to TRW/EDS and their organizational teammates, which include NOVA Research Company. The contract provides CDC with a vehicle for ADP information systems design, development, operations and maintenance, related services, and other computerized information services to be used on an as-needed basis. Specific tasks include: data analysis and a variety of programming services; requirements studies, systems analysis, system design and programming for new applications and maintenance of existing applications; development and implementation of plans for databases; statistical programming; development of sophisticated software for modeling and simulation, engineering research, and statistical analysis; migration to client/server platforms; performance of special software and engineering projects; provision of microcomputer hardware and COTS application support and troubleshooting; design and implementation of Internet and Intranet Web pages, interactive applications, and dynamic access to online databases; and LAN programming and hardware support services.

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
The GSA's biennial Federal Fleet Managers' FedFleet conferences are designed to provide a forum for anyone interested in staying abreast of industry developments and new technology related to vehicle fleet management. In 1998, NOVA supported a FedFleet conference of 500 attendees and 50 exhibitors in Scottsdale, Arizona. Support included conference and exhibit planning and management; graphics support for all promotional items, program materials, informational and directional signs, and banners; confirmation and logistical correspondence; onsite management of exhibit, meetings, and conference events; audiovisual arrangements; audio recording of conference proceedings; conference evaluation; and postconference activities. In 2000, NOVA supported FedFleet 2000, a conference of 1,200 attendees and 150 exhibitors in Orlando, Florida. In addition to the same services provided for FedFleet 98, NOVA's responsibilities for FedFleet 2000 included Web site design and maintenance, including online registration and payment.

U.S. Department of Labor
Between 1999 and 2001, NOVA assisted the Department of Labor's Job Corps in developing and launching a Web site——to provide Job Corps Center staff with up-to-date training resources, strategies, and professional development opportunities. The purpose of the site is to help Center staff accomplish the goals and objectives of the Career Development Services System (CDSS), a comprehensive, integrated system for giving Job Corps trainees the skills, competencies, knowledge, and transitional support they need to enter a competitive labor market, the military, or advanced education and training. The site is designed to provide easy "one-stop-shopping" access to useful resources from inside and outside the Job Corps community. It contains a database of commercially available training materials, full-text and downloadable resources related to implementation of the CDSS, information on the GED program, abstracts of "promising practices," and a discussion board for information sharing among Center staff.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
NOVA provided clinical trials support support to the NINDS Intramural Research Program from 1999 to 2001. Assignments included: study design; sample size calculations, identification of study end points, and statistical consultation and analyses; design of case-control data collection forms and conduct of data collection; quality control management; outcomes measurement instruments development; formation of and facilitation for logistics for patient data and safety monitoring committees; and provision of onsite clinic coordinators to assist investigators with technical and administrative conduct of clinical trials. Other support services included assisting in design and development of computer capabilities; providing assistance with preparation of toxicity/adverse reaction reports to the FDA; and providing assistance in the review of clinical trial data and preparation of IND packages for submission to the FDA.

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