Release Date:  April 5, 2002

NOTICE:  NOT-OD-02-042

National Institutes of Health

EFFECTIVE DATE: The revised "Statement of Appointment Form" (PHS 2271, 
Rev. 5/01) is now available and will be accepted immediately.  For 
appointments beginning on or after June 1, 2002, the new form is 
required.  Use of the previous version (Rev. 4/98) will be permitted 
for appointments that begin on or before May 31, 2002.  Please note, 
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) must implement use of this 
revised form in order to maintain compliance with the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) standards for the collection of 
race/ethnicity data.

The major change in this version of the form is the ability to capture 
race/ethnicity data using a two-tiered reporting system.  Individual 
trainees will first indicate ethnicity and then indicate one or more 
races.  Another change is a new lexicon for describing the actual area 
of research training for each trainee. 

The revised instructions and form are available at  The form available on the 
website has been modified to enable the fields to be filled in directly 
using Adobe Acrobat Reader Software.  Free Adobe Software may be 
accessed at 

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constitutes nor should be inferred to be an endorsement or 
recommendation of any product, service, or enterprise by the National 
Institutes of Health, any other agency of the United States Government, 
or any employee of the United States Government.  No warranties are 
stated or implied.

If you have questions about the revised form and instructions, please 
contact the NIH grants management specialist identified on the notice 
of grant award.

If you have questions about use of the PDF Fillable Format or the Adobe 
Acrobat Software, please contact:

Ms Jan Heffernan

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