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ORAU History - 2005

ORAU won the $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The performance-based, five-year contract has an optional five-year extension.

Oak Ridge Operations Manager Gerald Boyd (left) and ORAU President Ron Townsend signed the contract for ORAU to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

ORISE assisted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in pandemic influenza preparedness. Activities included developing and testing materials that focused on the public’s questions and concerns, as well as tabletop training exercises at quarantine stations to test the communicable disease (identification and control) plans of several U.S. international airports.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) won the competitive bid to administer the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Postdoctoral Program. Under the contract, ORAU will provide the infrastructure to facilitate meaningful professional experiences for program participants. ORAU will also recruit, screen, evaluate, recommend, place, and pay stipends to postdoctoral associates at NASA sites.

ORAU also won the contract to administer the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Supplemental Screening Program (NSSP). Managed by ORAU and its partners, National Jewish Heath and Research Center, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., and Axion Health, the NSSP uses a nationwide network of clinics to provide free medical evaluations to former DOE employees, regardless of where they are living today. ORAU won the contract in April and kicked off the program in October.

ORAU was awarded the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification for an effective environmental management system.