FDA says Trump administration’s limits on foreign hires hinders recruiting power
According to Melanie Keller, acting associate commissioner for scientific and clinical recruitment at the Food and Drug Administration, limits on foreign hires placed by the Trump administration have hampered the regulatory agency’s ability to attract top scientists. The policy, implemented in August 2017, requires the FDA to hire candidates who have lived in the U.S. for three of the past five years. Read more here.
Trump walks back threat of government shutdown as budget deadline approaches
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he did not like the idea of a government shutdown, although he repeatedly threatened over the summer to shut down the government by vetoing any federal budget that excludes significant funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. As the Sept. 30 deadline nears, lawmakers are scrambling to assemble the bills required to fund the federal government. Read more here.
NSF launches national contest for science and engineering research questions
The National Science Foundation last week kicked off its 2026 Idea Machine contest to collect ambitious and compelling questions that will push the agency’s research agenda in novel directions. Scientists and the public are encouraged to submit their “big ideas.” Read more here.