Legislative Update – Appropriations and the Senate innovation agenda

As discussed last week, the appropriations process continues to progress behind closed doors. However, some details are emerging. All appropriations subcommittees have received their 302(b) allocations, and those allocations have been described to me by congressional staff as “fair.” The allocation for the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriations subcommittee, which funds the National Institutes…

Where’ve We Been? Meeting with Appropriations Staff!

Yesterday, Ben visited with appropriations staff to discuss the where Congress is in the budgeting process for FY16.  It turns out, the Appropriations Committee and their subcommittees have been working diligently to negotiate updated appropriations bills with the new funds made available thanks to the Bipartisan Budget Agreement of 2015.  Subcommittees have already been provided…

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…

A Strategic Plan for the NIH

The fiscal 2015 spending package that became law carried a provision directing the National Institutes of Health to develop its first strategic plan. Lawrence Tabak, principle deputy director of the NIH, presented the current framework of the strategic plan at a meeting of the Advisory Council to the Director last week. This was followed by…