Second NIH Community Shred Event a Big Success

Back by popular demand, the second NIH community shred drive was held on June 20 in front of Building 1. The event, sponsored by the NIH Federal Credit Union (NIHFCU) in partnership with the Division of Amenities and Transportation Services (DATS), was free of charge and provided the NIH community with a secure and convenient way to rid homes and offices of unwanted paper files.

Dr. Collins joins the fun during the Shred event. (Above) 

It was a beautiful summer morning as volunteers from the NIHFCU and DATS helped more than 100 participants (up by 17% from 2018) offload their bags and boxes of paper for onsite shredding.  The truck shredded almost 3,500 pounds of paper in two hours.  The first 15-20 participants received mini-desk shredders and all participants were given a free tote bag from the NIHFCU.

 ParticipantsPounds/Tons Shredded
June 2019~100
3,480 lbs./1.74 tons
October 2018~834,500 lbs./2.25 tons


Stay tuned for the next NIH community shred event planned for this fall. In the meantime, be sure to like NIHFCU on Facebook at and visit NIHFCU online at   Also, follow DATS on Twitter and visit DATS online at

QPSO Releases New Biological Export Declaration Form

The NIH Quarantine Permit Service Office (QPSO) has released a new version of NIH form 2388 “Declaration for Exportation of Biological Materials.” Among other improvements, it now offers certificate-based signature fields and Clear, Print Form, Save, and Submit Form buttons. You may learn more about the biological export and import services offered by QPSO by visiting our webpage, contacting, or calling (301) 496-2960.
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