News from FABBS

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.

Dr. Renee Wegrzyn Appointed as First Director of New ARPA-H Agency

September 22, 2022

President Biden has selected Dr. Renee Wegrzyn to serve as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Dr. Wegrzyn is a biologist who currently works as the vice president of Ginkgo Bioworks, a biotechnology firm based in Boston.

She has held key positions at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (I-ARPA). As an independent entity, ARPA-H will seek to increase

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Congress Races to Advance CR and Keep Government Open

Capitol Hill Update | September 22, 2022

Members of Congress continue negotiations to iron out the details of an agreement to keep the federal government open after the September 30th end of the current fiscal year (FY) 22. As has become the norm, they are currently working on a continuing resolution (CR) to provide flat funding to federal agencies and programs, expected to last until December 16th, following the November election. This means that federal agencies supporting our disciplines

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Congress Returns to DC for Fall Legislative Season 

September 8, 2022

Following a remarkably eventful August, during which Congress passed both the CHIPS and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, the fall is likely to be far less eventful. Members of Congress will be eager to wrap up work on the fiscal year 2023 budget in order to return to their districts in order to campaign for the November election. As has become the norm, lawmakers are not expected to complete appropriations for the new fiscal year before it begins on Oct. 1.

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OSTP Issues New Guidance for Public Access to Federally Funded Research 

September 8, 2022

The Biden administration has issued a press release and memo providing guidance to federal agencies to make research freely available, without an embargo. These requirements are intended to take effect no later than the start of 2026 and also applies to data that are necessary to validate scientific findings reported in the publications.  This guidance builds upon the 2013 ‘Holdren memo’ which encouraged a 12-month embargo period, followed by open

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