HHS Headquarters Broadcast Studio
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operates multiple broadcast studios that are located throughout the country and are supported by HHS operating divisions.
HHS Headquarters Broadcast Studio is located at 200 Independence Avenue in Washington, DC and acts as the central communications hub for all operating divisions.
HHS Studio provides a comprehensive range of production services, technical expertise and video production resources to all of HHS. The Studio produces a variety of video programs, from live satellite broadcasts and media tours to interactive programming and web-based media products. Products include training, informational, media outreach, and emergency preparedness and response programming, a primary mission for HHS.
Some in-house capabilities include:
- Fiber connectivity to NIH, CDC, FDA, CMS, and NIH
- Satellite Uplink and Downlink
- Studio and Field Production
- Video Production Services
- Live Event Support
HHS was in search of a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that had the experience and capabilities to provide high quality broad spectrum media services required by HHS. In August 2011, AIM was awarded the HHS Studio Support Contract.
Upon award AIM was faced with the monumental task of transitioning all of the support services personnel, which included:
- Broadcast Engineering
- Camera Operators
- Post Production
- Information Technology
Virtually all positions required staffing, and the entire studio operational knowledge base had to be transitioned in just ten days. Additionally, nearly all operating practices, procedures, and policies needed to be drafted, updated or totally re-engineered. Within the first year the studio needed to updated from standard definition to high definition. Multiple key technologies were near failure and needed to be replaced.
AIM has completed the initial phase in the process of updating the entire studio to full high definition. We are integrating reporting and invoicing procedures, and data products for leaner administrative burden.
AIM had the studio fully staffed with the needed expertise within one week, and had transitioned the studio operational details within the following week. Once AIM had operations managing the current workload, we started the search process for finding and recruiting all of the positions required for full time operations. AIM had the full time studio support team in place within the following four weeks.
In the year that has followed, AIM has implemented improved practices, procedures and policies. AIM has upgraded all systems, re-engineered IT support systems, and integrated business practices and new studio operational software. AIM is in the process of updating the entire studio to full high definition. We are also integrating reporting and invoicing procedures, and data products for leaner administrative burden.