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White House Proposes Terminating Federal Advisory Committees

June 27, 2019

On June 14, the President released an Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees. The order has been met with a combination of confusion and concern from the scientific community.

The proposal to evaluate the usefulness of current advisory committees is a reasonable one. However, the Executive Order states specific numbers and cuts, and provides no justification. Namely, agencies are ordered to ‘terminate at least one-third’

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Congress Examines Foreign Influences in Taxpayer Funded Research

June 27, 2019

The issue of foreign influence in taxpayer-funded research has been a growing concern in Washington, DC in recent years. On June 5, the Senate Finance Committee convened a hearing, “Foreign Threats to Taxpayer-Funded Research: Oversight Opportunities and Policy Solutions” to better understand the risks and consider possible solutions. Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) raised this issue last fall in a letter to the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In

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House Considering First Minibus – Includes Funding for NIH and IES

June 13, 2019

On Wednesday, June 12, the House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 2740, a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Education Sciences, agencies important to behavioral and brain scientists. House deliberations are expected to continue into next week and to include a combination of delay tactics, grand standing, and shenanigans.

In a strategy that worked last year to complete budgets before the end of the fiscal year, appropriators

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Legislation Affecting Science: Cannabis Research, STEM Education, Cures and Innovation Acts

May 23, 2019

FABBS continues to track – and weigh in on – legislation affecting our sciences both positively and negatively. Below are several bills of interest not included in our last update on relevant legislation.

FABBS endorsed the Friends of NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) support letter, led by FABBS member, the American Psychological Association, for the newly introduced Cannabidiol and Marijuana Research Expansion Act, which would enable expansion of the scientific

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