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Associate Director of Security and Emergency Response

​​​Colleen McGowan, MHA
Acting Associate Director, ​SER​

​The Office of Security and Emergency Response (SER) provides, directs and implements safety-related services for NIH employees, visitors, research and facilities.  

SER’s comprehensive oversight of security and life safety operations protects the NIH community and allows safe, secure fulfillment of the biomedical research mission at all NIH campuses.​ ​​


Divisions within the Office of Security and Emergency Response include:​​​​


  • ​Oversight of security and life safety operations at all NIH facilities
  • Security/life safety planning
  • Facility security and life safety​ assessments
  • Identification of potential security technologies and practices
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Collaboration with appropriate federal, state and local entities relevant to the security and public safety of the NIH
  • Personal security investigations
  • Facility access authorization
  • Badge issuance for NIH personnel​


Office of Security and Emergency Response
Office of Research Services
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5C02
Phone: (301) 496-5787​