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Executive Secretariat



SAAVI is a web-based application the Executive Secretariat (ES) uses to electronically route controlled correspondence to all ICs and OD Offices. The NIH Institutes (ICs) and Office of the Director (OD) Offices use SAAVI to upload, approve, or clear response documents and then return them electronically to ES. ES also uses SAAVI to manage the official records of the NIH Director and Principal Deputy Director. (SAAVI stands for "Synthesize, Analyze, Adjudicate, and Vet Information.")

Some features of SAAVI include:

  • SAAVI works on either a PC or a Mac.
  • SAAVI allows secure web access through standard web browsers, including Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
  • SAAVI's' web-based processing and interface give authorized users access to the system via any NIH computer.
  • SAAVI provides broad search and retrieval capabilities for all system users.

Getting Set Up as a SAAVI User

To request SAAVI access for yourself or for a new user (Liaison or Reviewer) in your IC/Office: submit an NIH IT Service Desk ticket requesting, "Assign to the SAAVI Admin group: provide new [specify Liaison or Reviewer] with SAAVI access."

Learning to Use SAAVI

There is a SAAVI group training class available for Liaisons, "SAAVI Liaison Training." Please visit the HHS Learning Portal to sign up for a class. If more intenstive, hands-on training is necessary due to unexpected staff turnover, the ES Contact for each IC/Office can assist with setting up a one-on-one training session for new users. For ad hoc SAAVI assistance when users have questions or to schedule one-on-one SAAVI Reviewer training, please submit an NIH IT Service Desk ticket for assistance from the SAAVI Admin group.

SAAVI System Maintenance

SAAVI is taken off-line for weekly regularly-scheduled maintenance on Sundays between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. For additional details/information, please contact the NIH Executive Secretariat at 301-496-1461.

SAAVI Suggestions

We welcome suggestions on ways to improve SAAVI's functionality. Please submit any suggestions to

This page last reviewed on December 2, 2020

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