Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
The Division of Contracting and Grants provides acquisition and assistance support to ASPR during both steady state and emergency response events, including natural disasters, National Special Security Events, and the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division is comprised of 4 branches that support the division’s mission, including: HQ Contracting, Grants Management, Program Support and Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Contracting.
The HQ Contracting Branch supports program offices during steady state and response events. The Branch supports all requirements for all ASPR offices and divisions except for BARDA. The Branch also manages several critical emergency response service contracts:
The Grants Management Branch works with ASPR partners to administer grants. The Branch supports major assistance programs including: the
Hospital Preparedness Program, the
Regional Disaster Health Response System, and
CARB-X. This Branch also provides assistance in response to specific public health emergencies, such as COVID-19. The Grants Management Branch oversees ASPR’s cooperative agreements, including partnerships with the
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the
National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO). The
Medical Reserve Corps and
BARDA DRIVe utilize cooperative agreements to meet their unique programmatic needs.
The Program Support Branch supports the agency with steady state and response acquisition actions. The Branch receives Program Office requests, validates documentation, ensures approvals, executes transactions, and reconciles transactions. Program Support ensures appropriate and prompt payment of vendor partners. During response events, the Branch manages financial transactions, providing timely, deployed personnel requests with appropriate documentation and approvals.
The SNS Contracting Branch supports the
SNS Program Office during steady state and emergency response operations. The Branch executes contracts for the procurement and sustainment of FDA licensed, medical countermeasures developed by BARDA and medical equipment and material. In
response to COVID-19, the Branch executed contracts to spur domestic manufacturing and procure N95 respirations and ventilators. The SNS Contracting Branch also manages a number of contracts to facilitate movement of SNS stock to areas in need.
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