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House Committee on Science, Space, &Technology hearing: examining the overhead cost of research ?>

House Committee on Science, Space, &Technology hearing: examining the overhead cost of research

  This week, the U.S. House Science, Space, & Technology subcommittee on research and technology held a hearing on the overhead cost of research being funded by agencies, including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Witnesses included: Dale Bell, division director of institution and award support at NSF; John Neumann, director of natural resources and environment at the U.S. Government Accountability Office; James Luther, associate vice president of finance and compliance officer at Duke University and chairman…

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House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals ?>

House panel calls – once again – for greater congressional oversight of research proposals

  The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology earlier this month released its annual filing known as the Views and Estimates.  The committee, which is responsible for oversight of nonmilitary, nonbiomedical federally supported research and which oversees major research-funding agencies (including the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy), reiterated its past calls for lawmakers to  play a larger role in the decision-making processes at those agencies. Though the document expresses the committee’s commitment to the…

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Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise ?>

Highlights from committee U.S. Senate hearing: Leveraging the U.S. science and technology enterprise

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing last week to discuss the future of U.S. research and development investments.  The hearing centered on how funded research can translate into innovations in industry and in turn, the economy. The committee brought in expert witnesses from academia, the private sector and a government advisory board to testify and provide insight on possible strategies that the committee can utilize in drafting new legislation to leverage U.S. investments in the…

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With America COMPETES, Science Suffers ?>

With America COMPETES, Science Suffers

The U.S. House began debate yesterday on the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. While H.R. 1806 shares a name with the largely supported legislation passed in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010, it falls short of delivering the visionary policy priorities and investments in science research of its predecessors.

Rep. Lamar Smith encouraged by updated NSF policies ?>

Rep. Lamar Smith encouraged by updated NSF policies

Over the past year and a half, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has confronted the National Science Foundation on matters of merit review and has singled out numerous NSF-funded grants he believes to be questionable uses of the agency’s funding.

A roller coaster ride at the NSF ?>

A roller coaster ride at the NSF

For the past several weeks, the National Science Foundation has had its fair share of air time on Capitol Hill. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act has been winding its way through the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee since November, and it was finally debated by the full committee two weeks ago. A bill that sets NSF appropriations for the coming fiscal year has also been moving through the legislative process and was debated before…

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ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act ?>

ASBMB opposes the FIRST Act

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2013 was introduced on Monday by Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas. The FIRST Act is a reauthorization of the National Science Foundation and several other federal science agencies. The bill will be marked up by the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee tomorrow morning. The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology opposes this bill. Starting with the High-Quality Research Act through the original version…

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Science Policy Roundup: November 22, 2013 ?>

Science Policy Roundup: November 22, 2013

The world of science policy can be hard to keep up with, especially when a scientist is consumed at the bench. That’s where the Policy Blotter comes in! The Science Policy Roundup features the week’s science policy news. The America COMPETES Act is up for reauthorization. This bill was enacted in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010 to guide investments in research and development to promote innovation to keep the U.S. as a leader in the competitive world market. The U.S….

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From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation ?>

From COMPETES to FIRST: What you need to know about the NSF reauthorization legislation

Most Congressional committees are supposed to draft bills that set policy priorities and funding recommendations for the agencies under their jurisdiction. The bill authorizing the policy priorities of the National Science Foundation—the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010—expires this year. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Technology and the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology are tasked with reauthorizing the NSF in order to provide a clear direction for this and other agencies. Previous COMPETES bills…

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