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Office of Research Oversight

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Policy and Education Program

A primary focus of ORO’s Policy and Education Program (P&E) is the education and support of facility Research Compliance Officers (RCOs).  P&E performs remote and on-site assessments of RCO auditing programs, provides tailored technical assistance to RCOs, and identifies good practices for performing and reporting required audits.  P&E provides national teleconferences for RCOs and self-study guides for new RCOs regarding VA policy.  P&E also updates ORO’s RCO auditing requirements. 

You can email the P&E staff at

Attention VA RCOs:

Research Compliance Officer Reference Materials and Tools are located on ORO's Research Compliance and Technical Assistance SharePoint Site. (Internal VA website)

2022 PRIM&R AER Conference

Power Point Slides for the PRIM&R AER Conference December 12 2022, A Dialogue With the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): A Federal Agency’s Challenges and Solutions in Working with External IRBs to Facilitate Implementation of the Cooperative Research Provisions. Kristina Borror, Elizabeth Clark, Karen Jeans, and Don Workman.

2023 Facility Director's Certification (FDC) of Research Oversight

The 2023 FDC is an annual requirement for VHA facilities that conduct research.  The report is due to ORO by July 31, 2023.  The report tool, memorandum, and instructions can be found at: