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  • icon-advocacy-news December 7, 2015 FASEB Comments on Revised Common Rule for Human Research Protections
      On November 11th, FASEB submitted proposed changes to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. The agency issued the modifications in an effort to better protect those who participate in research studies while simultaneously easing oversight and administrative requirements for scientists. HHS also addressed digital privacy and securit…
  • icon-advocacy-news November 9, 2015 Legislative Update: November 9, 2015
      Congress Passes Budget Deal; Appropriations Committee Begins Work on Funding Levels for Fiscal Year 2016  In his last week in office, former House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) managed to avert another fiscal crisis. Modeled after the bill that was negotiated by Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in 2013, the new agreement (HR 1314) raises the Budget Contro…
  • icon-advocacy-news November 9, 2015 NSF Revises Grant Application Policies
      The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced revisions to its Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) on October 16. The new PAPPG will be effective for proposals submitted or due on or after January 25, 2016. The revisions include:  Enforcement of 5 pm deadline in submitter’s local time across all NSF funding opportunities  Implementation of NSF’s Public Access Policy  …
  • icon-advocacy-news October 19, 2015 Legislative Update: October 19, 2015
      More on the CR; Budget Negotiations Expected to Begin Soon; Senate Committee Holds Hearing on NIH Funding; Speaker Shakeup Continues; No Mandatory Spending in Senate Innovations   As previously reported, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal government agencies through December 11th and the President signed the bill into law before midnight, averting a …
  • icon-advocacy-statement October 19, 2015 ASPET Responds to FDA Request for Comments on Ketamine Rescheduling
      On October 5th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a request for comments regarding the abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on the availability for medical use of 10 drug substances, including ketamine. ASPET has submitted comments articulating the Society’s objection to object to any adoption of an international regul…
  • icon-advocacy-statement October 19, 2015 ASPET Joins FASEB’s 125,000 Researchers in Letter Calling on Congress to Raise Spending Caps, Increase Science Funding
      ASPET President Dr. Kenneth Thummel joined over 20 FASEB Society Presidents in signing a letter urging Congress to raise the spending caps and pass a bipartisan budget that includes increased funding for scientific research. Earlier this year, the importance of federal investment in biological and biomedical science and research was recognized by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 19, 2015 Senate Appropriations Hearing on NIH
      The Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies met in an open session at 10:00AM on Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2015 in Room SD-124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. The hearing was entitled NIH: Investing in a Healthier Future. During the subcommittee hearing, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) asked Collins about the effect Congress's failure to come to t…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 19, 2015 No Mandatory Money in Senate Innovations
    CQ HealthBeat reports that it is unlikely mandatory funding for research will be included in the Senate's version of the House's 21st Century Cures Act. According to reports, there are similar increases in the underlying agency authorizations in both bills, but due to a lack of viable offsets, the Senate will not include a mandatory fund in its "Innovations" legislation. This does not mean that m…
  • icon-advocacy-news October 2, 2015 Congress Passes CR to Fund Government through December 11th
      This week the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal government agencies through December 11th and the President signed the bill into law before midnight, averting a government shutdown. The CR allows agencies to fund FY2016 programs at the FY2015 level ($1.017 trillion for the total government). From a political standpoint, however, nothing was resolved; …
  • icon-advocacy-news September 29, 2015 National Academies Releases Recommendations for a New Regulatory Framework
        This week the National Academies released a report titled, “Optimizing the Nation's Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Part 1.” The report details the expansion of the federal regulatory system and asserts that the current regulatory framework is negatively impacting the effectiveness of the US research investment by allowing administrat…
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