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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.

Work Begins on Fiscal Year 2023 Federal Budget

May 12, 2022

After significant delays in passing government funding legislation for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22), Congressional appropriators are now busy crafting FY23 spending bills. Bipartisan meetings have already begun, and leaders have expressed optimism that Congress will complete work on FY23 funding before the end of the fiscal year on September 30. 

Senators Patrick Leahy and Richard Shelby, the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, have each

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A Vision for Equitable Data: Recommendations from the Equitable Data Working Group 

April 28, 2022 

President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (“Equity EO”) formed the Equitable Data Working Group. The goal of the Working Group is to collect appropriate data to enable rigorous assessment of government programs and policies to assure consistently fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals. 

The working group, co-chaired by Dr. Alondra Nelson, Office of

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Progress on ARPA-H

April 28, 2022

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) is slowly starting to take shape. Congress recently approved funding for the agency, and the Biden Administration settled on key details in establishing the new agency.

Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, officially announced that ARPA-H would be placed within the National Institutes of Health. The placement of the agency has been a topic of significant debate in Congress, where members of

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GAO Releases Recommendations on Scientific Integrity

April 28, 2022

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a federal agency known as the “Congressional Watchdog,” published recommendations to improve scientific integrity at several health agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The document offers guidance to agencies on how to protect scientific decision-making from political interference.

This publication follows similar actions from the Biden Administration, which earlier this year established the White

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