Presidential bioethics commission seeks PR help

WASHINGTON: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is searching for a PR firm to provide strategic public engagement and communications assistance.

WASHINGTON: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is searching for a PR firm to provide strategic public engagement and communications assistance.

The winning agency will work on public meetings and the release of reports from those meetings. Burness Communications is the account's incumbent.  

President Barack Obama established the commission in 2009 via an executive order. It advises him about bioethical issues that may emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. The group identifies and promotes policies and practices that ensure scientific research, healthcare delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in an ethically responsible manner, according to the order.

The commission has 13 members, meets quarterly, and typically writes two to three major reports each year. Therefore, six to seven events per year would require outreach assistance, according to the commission. The winning firm will help the group draft media advisories, press releases, and other outreach materials promoting each event.

The winning firm will develop and deliver media and outreach contact lists and assist the commission with message development. It will also organize press events, logistics, and collateral materials.  

The one-year contract can be renewed for two additional years. Responses to the RFP are due August 15.  

A representative for the commission declined to comment on the solicitation or its budget.

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