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FABBS reports on items of interest to many communities – scientists, policymakers, and the public. In our news, you will see updates on science funding and policy, articles that translate research for policy, and descriptions of the research contributions of scientists at all stages of their research careers.

Trump Signs ‘Stimnibus’ – FY21 Spending Bills and COVID Relief

January 6, 2021

On December 27, 2020, following threats to refuse, President Trump signed the spending package for fiscal year 2021. Congress had passed the legislation on December 21 by wide margins and bipartisan support. Prior to this, budget disagreements had required two short-term continuing resolutions, to extend government funding to avoid a government shut down.

The final 5,000 page package – the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (HR 113) – established spending levels

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BBCSS Thanks and Celebrates Susan Fiske for her Service as Chair and Welcomes Terrie Moffitt and Five New Members

January 6, 2021

Susan Fiske, PhD

Susan Fiske chaired her last meeting of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Services (BBCSS) in November 2020. Dr. Fiske, who had served as the president of FABBS and continues to be the editor of the FABBS journal – Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, had dedicated eleven years of service to the Board, including six years of exceptional leadership as chair. Dr. Fiske was celebrated by the board in a virtual celebration of

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FABBS Annual Meeting Features Leaders from NIH and NSF, Discusses Diversity Initiatives

December 16, 2020

FABBS held its Annual Council of Representatives Meeting earlier this month on December 7th. Meeting virtually, the FABBS Board was joined by member society and corporate affiliate representatives to hear from leadership of behavior and social sciences offices at NIH and NSF, discuss FABBS advocacy priorities for 2021, and diversity initiatives in our sciences, societies, and schools. FABBS President, Roxane Cohen Silver, provided opening and closing remarks, as well

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Negotiations on FY2021 Budget and COVID-19 Relief Continue

December 16, 2020

On the afternoon of Friday, December 11th, the day that the previous continuing resolution (CR) was set to expire, the Senate approved a one-week CR to keep the federal government open through December 18th. The measure, which extends FY 2020 funding levels, was signed into law by the President, avoiding a government shutdown. Lawmakers claim that the one-week extension is intended to provide the time needed to complete their work on an omnibus for FY 2021 spending bills.

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