Browsed by
Category: White House

Science policy weekly roundup: August 9, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: August 9, 2019

Trump signs bipartisan budget deal into law The two-year budget deal, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Aug. 2, provides lawmakers with top-line budget numbers for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. It also removes federal budget caps put in place by the 2011 Budget Control Act and allows the government to borrow more money to pay its debts. The U.S. Congress must still pass the 12 appropriations bills needed to fund the federal government. The U.S. House has…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 26, 2019

Tell your Senators to support the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology urges you to spend one minute and send an email to your U.S. Senator to pass the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019. The bill includes a two-year agreement to lift the budget caps put in place since 2011 and allows the U.S. to raise its debt ceiling to pay off its debts. The bill, which passed the house on Thursday, also…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 19, 2019

Where we’ve been: attending the House hearing on scientific integrity The U.S. House science committee had a hearing on scientific integrity on Wednesday to discuss ways to prevent suppression and manipulation of scientific findings generated by government scientists. Committee members focused on House Bill 1709, the Scientific Integrity Act, which would codify policies at scientific agencies to prevent censorship and alteration of research data. Read more here. NSF outlines effort to prevent research espionage The National Science Foundation released a…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: July 12, 2019

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May that it will create an interagency committee to address issues facing researchers, such as increasing rigor and reproducibility, preventing foreign espionage and addressing gender and sexual harassment. The committee will include leaders from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. Read more here. Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to…

Read More Read More

Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees ?>

Merit review panels exempt from Trump order to reduce federal advisory committees

President Donald Trump issued an executive order on June 14 to limit the number of federal advisory committees in the federal government.  The Executive Order on Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committee requires each executive department and agency to terminate one-third of its committees by Sept. 30. The order also states that no agency can create a new advisory committee if the agency already has 350 or more advisory committees in place. None of the agencies we…

Read More Read More

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems ?>

White House science office creates committee to tackle U.S. research enterprise problems

  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced in May the formation of an interagency committee tasked with addressing a number of issues troubling the American research enterprise.  The committee’s priorities are reducing administrative burden, increasing rigor and reproducibility, increasing the participation of underrepresented groups, preventing gender and sexual harassment, and safeguarding intellectual property from foreign competitors and influence. The committee will be co-chaired by OSTP Director Kelvin Droegemeier, National Science Foundation Director France Córdova, National Institutes…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 14, 2019

NIH group suggests how to address sexual harassment A working group on sexual harassment in science presented recommendations to the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director on Thursday to combat sexual harassment at institutions that receive NIH funding. The four recommendations include treating sexual harassment as seriously as research misconduct, requiring institutions tell the NIH about misconduct investigations, providing opportunities for reentry to scientists who have left academia because of harassment, and asking grantees about their misconduct…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: June 6, 2019

  Your voice can help broaden America’s STEM workforce The ASBMB’s Public Affairs Advisory Committee is working to advance legislation that will influence the makeup of the nation’s scientific workforce. The STEM Opportunities Act, also known as H.R. 2528, directs federal agencies and universities to mitigate barriers for women and underrepresented minorities seeking to participate in STEM training and careers. Tell your lawmakers to support the bill.   U.S. health agency limits use of human fetal tissue from elective abortions The U.S. Department of…

Read More Read More

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation ?>

Help increase transparency for federal programs aimed at broadening STEM participation

The final bill that we are highlighting during our spring advocacy campaign is the STEM Research and Education Effectiveness and Transparency Act, or H.R. 627. Click here to participate. While many STEM trainees receive support through federally funded education programs, the bulk are funded through federal research project grants. Indeed, in 2016, the U.S. government funded $2.9 billion in STEM education programs but spent $38 billion on research at institutions of higher education. The National Science Foundation alone supported 362,000…

Read More Read More

Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019 ?>

Science policy weekly roundup: May 3, 2019

House subcommittee proposes 2020 budget increase for NIH The U.S. House appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, which would increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. If signed into law, the NIH budget will be $41.1 billion, 4% above FY19. Read more here. National Academies OKs amendment to eject sexual harassers In a 95–9 vote, with six abstaining, the National Academies governing council overwhelmingly approved an…

Read More Read More