Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Work Begins in Earnest to Determine Top Line Spending Numbers for House Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 appropriation bills to fund the government are being developed even before releasing a full budget resolution for FY 2022. Instead, House Budget Chair John Yarmuth (D-KY) is using a deeming resolution, also known as a “deemer,” to establish… Read More »

Schumer’s U.S. Competitiveness Bill Voted Out of the Senate

House Science Committee Prepares to Finalize Two Major Science Bills A major victory for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took place on June 8 with the passage of S.1260, the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021, which also includes the Endless Frontier Act title reauthorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF) and enlarging… Read More »

NIH Working Group Presents Final Recommendations on Animal Research

On June 11, the Working Group on Enhancing Rigor, Transparency, and Translatability in Animal Research presented its final report and recommendations to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD). For the past two years, the Working Group has worked to develop recommendations to strengthen rigor, reproducibility, and transparency of animal… Read More »

NIH ACD Working Group Is Updated on Recommendations to End Sexual Harassment

On June 10, Michael Lauer, MD, presented an update to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) on implementing recommendations from the 2019 report, Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment. Dr. Lauer gave an overview of progress thus far, including published standard operating procedures for how NIH handles allegations… Read More »

Lander Sets Framework and Future for ARPA-H

On June 11, Eric Lander, PhD, newly appointed Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and Science Advisor to the President, presented an update to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) on President Biden’s proposed Advanced Research Projects Agency—Health (ARPA-H). The goal of ARPA-H is to further… Read More »

Senate Confirmed Presidential Science Advisor Reports for Duty

On May 28, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Eric S. Lander, PhD, in the dual roles of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Presidential Science Advisor. Dr. Lander makes history as the only Science Advisor to hold cabinet rank and the first life scientist appointed to this position.… Read More »

FASEB Hosts First Virtual Shared Research Resources Roundtable

On June 17, FASEB is hosting a virtual Shared Research Resources (SRRs) Roundtable to engage stakeholders from academia, government, industry, and non-profit stakeholders in a discussion of strategies to advance shared resources and scientific collaboration. SRRs refer to the scientific instrumentation and expertise that exist within institutional core facilities and centers and provide widespread access… Read More »