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Transition Update – One week in ?>

Transition Update – One week in

Transition Updates President-elect Donald Trump is putting together his Cabinet. It was widely reported yesterday that neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate Ben Carson took himself out of the running for consideration as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, citing his lack of experience in running an agency.  Others in the running for the top spot at HHS include House budget committee chair Tom Price of Georgia, former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former House speaker Newt…

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The ASBMB Sustainability Summit ?>

The ASBMB Sustainability Summit

Training periods and trainee populations have increased over the past decade despite stagnant federal funding, resulting in a research workforce that is expanding beyond the capacity of the available funding to support it. A variety of groups have written reports describing these problems in great detail and made a series of recommendations to fix them. The Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has also been working on issues concerning the sustainability of the…

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Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means ?>

Passage of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015 – What it really means

Here in the policy office of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, we’ve received e-mails, phone calls and tweets asking if the new federal budget agreement will lead to an increase in the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation budgets. The answer is this: We don’t know. Before jumping into the details of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement, let’s first briefly go through the federal budget process. There are three phases. First, Congress determines how much money…

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Science policy news weekly roundup: June 19, 2015 ?>

Science policy news weekly roundup: June 19, 2015

The roundup is formatted with the title of the story, followed by the news source in parentheses and a brief summary. If you find a particularly interesting article, please send it to smartin@asbmb.org for inclusion in next week’s roundup. Stay tuned to the Policy Blotter next week as we discuss reproducibility in research and explore just exactly what is going on with the fiscal 2016 budgeting process.

CRomnibus passes–crisis averted (for now) ?>

CRomnibus passes–crisis averted (for now)

In an extremely rare Saturday session of the U.S. Senate, senators passed the massive fiscal 2015 spending bill by a vote of 56-40. Passage ends any possibility of a government shutdown and ensures most of the federal government is fully funded through the end of the fiscal year.

CRomnibus: there's more there than dollars ?>

CRomnibus: there's more there than dollars

Many of us have focused on the bottom line of H.R. 83, the fiscal 2015 continuing resolution-omnibus (CRomnibus) funding package, which the U.S. House passed last night. Science funding agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation received modest funding increases.

The Blotter Q&A: continuing resolutions ?>

The Blotter Q&A: continuing resolutions

President Obama signed the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.J. Res. 124) on Sep. 19. This legislation will fund the government, including the National Institutes of Health, at fiscal 2014 levels through Dec. 11. It also addresses other federal priorities and includes $88 million in additional funding to combat the ongoing Ebola outbreak. The Ebola funding is directed toward public health measures and new Ebola drugs and vaccines, so none of the additional provisions will affect scientists conducting basic biomedical research….

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Medical R&D outlook is dim ?>

Medical R&D outlook is dim

The Hill’s Congress Blog published an article written by Ben and Erica this afternoon. The article is in response to a piece in The Hill on September 17th about “brighter days ahead for patient advocates.” You can find ASBMB’s response here. Please continue the discussion in the comments section below.   Photo credit:  abcnews.go.com