Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program

The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program enables a feasible and convenient exchange of skilled personnel between government and non-government institutions, such as accredited universities and non-profit organizations. 

Under an IPA, NIH can temporarily assign employees to outside organizations and institutions.  This provides the NIH employee with experience in and knowledge of the assignment environment.  The receiving organization benefits from the competencies and experience of the NIH employee. 

IPA agreements also allow NIH to receive employees from outside organizations on a temporary basis.  By accepting employees from outside the government, NIH is able to:

  • Assist in the transfer and use of new technologies;
  • attract and use difficult to obtain talent; and
  • give valued experience that will increase the assignee’s and the home institution’s future effectiveness when working with NIH.

For questions or comments, please contact the NIH Office of Human Resources, Compensation and Policy Division T5 Staffing and Accountability Team at