Axle Informatics

NIH-NIAID-VRC-Scientific Program Analyst

Job Locations US-MD-Bethesda
Posted Date 1 week ago(11/18/2020 2:00 PM)
# of Openings
Scientific Program Management


Axle Informatics is a bioscience and information technology company that offers advancements in translational research, biomedical informatics, and data science applications to research centers and healthcare organizations around the globe. With experts in biomedical science, software engineering, and program management, we focus on developing and applying research tools and techniques to empower decision-making and accelerate research discoveries. We work with some of the top research organizations and facilities in the country including multiple institutes at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).



Axle is seeking a highly ambitious, adaptable, structured, and detail-oriented Scientific Program Analyst to join our vibrant team at Bethesda, MD.


  • Support the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program by providing advisor related assistance and case processing support.
  • Receive, review and respond to information requests from the general public, attorneys, congressional offices, research investigators, news media, education institutions, and others; explain DHHS FOIA policy and procedures to inside customers and requesters external to the organization.
  • Consistent with law and regulation, determine what information is proprietary under FOIA and therefore exempt from release; redact records in accordance with policy, prepare material for release, and arrange for materials to be duplicated; write requesters appropriate interim letters, partial release letters, and final close-out letters.
  • Access Internet sources; e.g., grantee and contractor Web sites, public and private institution Web sites pertinent to grant or contract material, Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview and the FOIA Update published by the U.S. Department of Justice; utilize sources available within the IC such as computerized databases on scientific projects and program homepages.
  • Serve as a resource for the IC and for those responsible for providing records to the incumbent in response to FOIA requests; update program officials on changes in applicable laws and provide training and guidance; brief program officials on issues of concern and inform them of course of action; review letters and records for compliance with the FOIA, legal opinions, court decisions, and DHHS regulations and policies.
  • Serve as a FOIA/PA expert; provide confident recommendations/advice to senior management on the technical and policy requirements of the Acts, including the conditions under which information must be released or withheld; make recommendations on any FOIA/PA issues that must be referred to the Office of the Director, NIH, for resolution; provide counsel about whether to release or deny release of information on unusually complex, controversial, or unprecedented requests, or to refer the issue to NIH for resolution.
  • Analyze the nature and scope of FOIA and PA requests and refer them to the appropriate NIAID divisions and offices for drafting of responses; review all records to determine the information and documents that are responsive to requests.
  • Provide expert advice to staff responsible for answering inquiries for documents in the possession of NIAID; ensure the development of accurate and authoritative information on NIAID programs, to include the development of written products that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial and important agency programs and research findings; requests come from scientists, medical professionals, members of academia, the press, the general public, professional or voluntary associations, attorneys, other government agencies and congressional offices; requests cover a broad spectrum of matters, from general information about the organization to highly sensitive investigations or personnel matters; guide staff on identifying which documents are releasable and which are to be withheld in accordance with FOIA and PA regulations.
  • Review, evaluate and counsel senior NIAID leadership on extraordinary cases that raise unusual issues or require special attention or guidance in view of possible unfavorable publicity to NIAID or NIH; provide staff assistance by reviewing and evaluating recommendations and other problems referred to the Office for decision.
  • Evaluate cases, notify affected VRC staff of the request, and correspond with NIAID FOIA office and VRC FOIA team.
  • Review records to determine the information and documents that are responsive to VRC-related requests.
  • Advise and update affected VRC Staff throughout the process.
  • Assist VRC FOIA Team with submitting approved records to NIAID FOIA Office.

Experience Required / Requirements

  • Minimum of five (5) years of FOIA experience, NIH FOIA experience preferred.
  • Must be familiar with FOIAExpress operating system.
  • Research skills in internet, email, databases and computer software.


  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • 10 Paid Federal holidays
  • Generous health coverage provided with no monthly premium to the employee
  • Generous vision and dental coverage provided with no monthly premium to the employee
  • Short and Long-Term Disability coverage (paid by company)
  • Basic Life and AD&D coverage (paid by company; option to purchase additional coverage)
  • 401(K) with significant company match & no vesting period
  • Competitive salaries with performance bonus opportunities
  • Discount plan for pet care, legal services, & identify theft protection
  • Flexible Spending Accounts:
  • Healthcare (FSA)
  • Parking Reimbursement Account (PRK)
  • Dependent Care Assistant Program (DCAP)
  • Transportation Reimbursement Account (TRN)


The diversity of Axle’s employees is a tremendous asset. We are firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in all aspects of employment and will not tolerate any illegal discrimination or harassment based age, race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, status with respect to public assistance, and other characteristics protected under state, federal, or local law and to deter those who aid, abet, or induce discrimination or coerce others to discriminate.


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Disclaimer: The above description is meant to illustrate the general nature of work and level of effort being performed by individual’s assigned to this position or job description. This is not restricted as a complete list of all skills, responsibilities, duties, and/or assignments required. Individuals may be required to perform duties outside of their position, job description or responsibilities as needed.


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