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President Launches Effort to Reorganize Federal Agencies

March 15th, 2017

In one of the latest Executive Orders to come out of the White House, the President directed the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to put together a “comprehensive” plan to “reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. . . , components of agencies, and agency programs.”

The process will begin with agency heads submitting to the OMB Director, within 180 days, proposed plans for their agencies. The OMB Director will

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Silverstein Makes “Eye-Opening” Presentation at NIH

With the assistance of FABBS, scientists from our member scientific societies are sharing cutting-edge research with key members of the behavioral and social sciences research community at NIH. On Feb. 3rd, Dr. Steven Silverstein, Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Research for Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, spoke to members of the NIH’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR-CC) about his research

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FABBS Issues Statement on Administration’s Order Banning People from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries

The Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences calls on President Trump to rescind the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” As an organization representing the concerns of numerous scientific societies, we value the exchange of ideas and knowledge across borders.

The United States has benefitted from the contributions of scholars and students from countries around the world. We are therefore, very concerned that

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Final Rule Issued on Human Research Protections

At long last, it happened! Just before the change in Administrations, the new rule governing research with human participants was released. In July 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy proposed the most extensive changes to the regulations on human research protections in decades.

Although there have been changes over the years to the human research protection system, the regulations, according to the Advanced

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