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Congress Pivots to Fiscal Year 2018 Issues: NIH Remains a Top Funding Priority

March 15th, 2017

While negotiating a final resolution to the Fiscal Year 2017 funding bills, Congress is forging ahead with hearings, launching the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations process. Given the bipartisan support that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) enjoys on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees (the two committees in Congress responsible for drafting all 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government) held initial hearings highlighting the

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House Science Committee Chairman Signals Cuts for SBE and GEO

March 15th, 2017

It’s déjà vu all over again. During the 114th Congress (2015-2016), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee led an effort to “reprioritize” research funding at the National Science Foundation. On the losing end of the plan were two Directorates: Social, Behavioral, and Economic (SBE) Sciences as well as Geosciences (GEO). Although the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015 passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the

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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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Scientific Integrity Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

A bill that aims to protect scientific integrity in research conducted or funded by the federal government was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. The “Scientific Integrity Bill” (S. 338) is sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and almost 30 other co-sponsors, all Democrats to date.

The bill would codify existing policies at numerous federal agencies, which were put into place as a result of an

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