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Strategic Management and Contracts Office (SMCO)


Implement leadership’s vision to align OER strategic planning, fiscal, and management activities:

  • Lead results-based accountability activities (RBA)
  • Integrate RBA and budget forecasting and execution activities
  • Maximize efficient use of funds within and across fiscal years
  • Ensure fiscal integrity
  • Provide administrative services.

Find efficiencies to reduce administrative burden and optimize workflows across OER business areas.


Implement the dynamic vision of OER that supports an effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable organization
Director: Marianna Mertts, PhD 


Administrative Team

The SMCO Administrative Team provides overall administrative management counsel and services to all of OER business areas. The Team serves as the primary point of contact in the execution of administrative services including: Human Capital Management with on-boarding/off-boarding; Property Management; Travel and Conference Management; Procurement; Time and Attendance and Facilities Management.

Budget and Contracts Team

The SMCO Budget and Contracts Team manages all financial and official contract actions for OER including tracking, analysis, and reporting under the OneOER budget model. The Team coordinates with multiple NIH offices on budget approvals and financial transactions, such as the OD Budget Office, Contracting Office, and Office of Financial Management, as well as collaborates with the OER Business Areas on executing approved budget items.