MDB has supported more than 40 clients over the past 15 years, with current and recently engaged organizations listed here.
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) was one of MDB’s first clients, and we have supported them through various contracts the entire time we’ve been in business. The following descriptions of current contracts illustrate the breadth of our support to NIEHS.
Division of Extramural Research and Training
Under the large Science and Research Program Support contract, MDB provides the Division of Extramural Research and Training with research grant portfolio analysis, database development and maintenance, grant bibliography curation, literature reviews, topic-specific annotated bibliographies, meeting support, executive and scientist presentations, print materials ranging from brochures to peer-reviewed journal articles, and website content.
Superfund Research Program
MDB has supported the Superfund Research Program since 2000. Under the current Communication and Information Transfer Initiative contract, we provide program analysis, communication strategies and materials development, website content development, meeting and webinar support, and assistance in identifying new approaches and opportunities for translating and promoting research.
Worker Training Program (WTP)
MDB has supported the WTP since 2000. We manage the National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training. We also provide training development, stakeholder communications and outreach, website development and maintenance, and meeting facilitation and logistics support.
Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)
PEPH is a network of scientists, educators, health care providers, public health officials, advocates, and policy makers who have the shared goal of advancing environmental public health research. We develop and disseminate many program materials, such as creating website content, producing podcasts, writing the monthly newsletter, and planning and managing a webinar series. We also maintain the program’s online Resource Center.
Global Environmental Health
MDB supports the NIEHS Global Environmental Health program in conducting environmental health research, research translation, and increasing health science capacity around the world. Among many tasks, we create content for the program’s Global Environmental Health Newsletter and produce Global Environmental Health Chat podcasts.
World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre
MDB provides analytical and logistical support to the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. We provide program planning, analysis, and reporting for the Centre’s interests in climate change, children’s environmental health, electronic waste, cookstoves, chemical risk assessment, and the developmental origins of health and disease.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service
MDB researched, wrote, and designed an eight-page brochure on the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), with versions in English and Spanish.
U.S. Department of Education
MDB has a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the Department of Education to provide logistical support for meetings and conferences. It became effective September 28, 2015 with a 60-month operating period.
U.S. Department of Energy
MDB analyzed and reported on environmental justice activities, and developed recommendations. We examined four cross-cutting DOE environmental justice issues: outreach to the public about site activities; training; education and support to ensure meaningful stakeholder involvement; tribal sovereignty and environmental justice; and diversity in workforce training and job creation at DOE facilities.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Program Support Center
MDB has an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to provide services to client agencies of the Program Support Center to help them
achieve their missions. These services may include policy assessments/analysis, program assessments, evaluation design and data collection, performance measurements, technical assistance and expertise, and data analysis and auxiliary services necessary to complete a particular project. The period of performance extends to March 15, 2020.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
With several former EPA executives and other environmental experts on staff, MDB has extensive capacity to provide a wide variety of services to this agency, with examples provided below.
Office of Water
MDB has conducted activities under individual task orders for EPA’s Office of Water for technical and administrative support on topics such as sustainable infrastructure, green infrastructure, water utilities, and watersheds. MDB provides assistance in strategic planning, performance measures, outreach and education, environmental justice, meeting and conference support, and information technology.
National Center for Environmental Economics
In support of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics (NCEE) peer review, we are identifying and recruiting reviewers for a variety of environmental economics work products, overseeing the peer review activities, summarizing the panel’s comments into a report with recommendations, and providing comprehensive workshop support.
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)
MDB provided communications, website, and other technical support. MDB supported most major offices in OSWER, including the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Office of Emergency Management, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office, and others reporting to the Assistant Administrator. MDB also developed several interactive online tools. We also provided full support for a monthly webinar series, quality assurance initiatives, and a five-year review process.
Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Program (FFFRO)
MDB provided technical and analytic support for an initiative to harmonize environmental cleanup performance measures between EPA and the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and other agencies with Superfund sites. We developed an online tool to establish and track regional targets for meeting performance goals. MDB also conducted a national review of regional performance in meeting targets, and analyzed reasons for not meeting targets. Finally, we developed training materials for the regional offices on the overall work planning process.
General Services Administration
MDB helped the Federal Acquisition Service of the General Services Administration (GSA) address the challenges of communicating sustainability and climate change to its internal staff and external customer agencies and stakeholders. This effort is part of GSA’s plan to meet its sustainability goals, and they recognized that having clear and compelling communication materials was essential to delivering better value. MDB produced a suite of products that not only provide critical information about sustainability and climate change adaptation, but do so in a way that motivates people.
National Park Service
MDB developed a comprehensive communications strategy for the National Park Service’s Division of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Services. This strategy will help unify multiple programs under the Division and identify better ways in which to communicate internally and externally. The first step in the process was conducting extensive research, including focus groups of law enforcement rangers, interviews with officials, and an analysis of web and intranet usage. MDB provided recommendations on messages and specific communications tactics and methods. We are currently designing, developing, and producing materials and tactics to implement the strategy.
National Science Foundation
MDB has provided comprehensive communications services since 2011 to the National Science Board (NSB), the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation. A large part of this effort has been promoting the 2012 and 2014 editions of its biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report, as well as related resources, in the media and directly to key stakeholders. MDB launched NSB’s social media presence and produced a series of videos and infographic tools to make complex scientific topics accessible. We also coordinated the promotion and media outreach for the NSB’s interactive, online resource on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and the U.S. workforce.
District Department of the Environment
MDB is a subcontractor to Tetra Tech EM Inc. to provide support to the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) of the District of Columbia. Through this contract, we support remedial design and construction activities related to contaminated sediments along the Anacostia River, including a Superfund investigation, a feasibility study, and the Record of Decision. It is estimated that this work will take up to ten years. MDB is providing community involvement planning, conducting stakeholder interviews, and facilitating public meetings for input on the remediation process.
MDB is also a subcontractor to LimnoTech under another contract with DDOE to provide technical and scientific support in the development of more than 300 new Total Maximum Daily Loads for stormwater controls in the District of Columbia, which are focused on the Anacostia River, the Potomac River, and the Rock Creek.