FASEB raises concerns about purchase threshold

By | February 4, 2016

In a letter to White House Office Management and Budget (OMB) Controller David Mader, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) expressed concerns regarding new purchase limitations. The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 CFR part 200) introduced a threshold of $3,000 for “micro-purchases,” goods and services… Read More »

Inside the Beltway Scoop

By | February 4, 2016

Members of Congress will turn their attention to fiscal year (FY) 2017 when President Barack Obama sends his proposed budget to Capitol Hill on February 9. The administration’s request is expected to include more details about initiatives for federal agencies next year, including an effort to rapidly accelerate cancer research. Following the submission of the… Read More »

Updates on MIRA and reproducibility at NIGMS advisory council

By | February 4, 2016

During the public session of its January 29 meeting, the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council heard updates on several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-wide and National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)-specific initiatives. They also discussed the findings of several program assessments. NIGMS Director, Jon Lorsch, PhD, began the meeting with an update on… Read More »

NSF report shows growth in global R&D spending

By | February 4, 2016

On February 1, the National Science Board (NSB) announced the release of the 2016 Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The report, which is updated every two years, details the state of the nation’s scientific enterprise, including research and development (R&D) spending; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education;… Read More »

FASEB releases reproducibility recommendations

By | January 21, 2016

On January 14, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) issued Enhancing Research Reproducibility, a set of recommendations aimed to promote the reproducibility and transparency of biomedical and biological research. The recommendations address general factors that impede the ability to reproduce experimental results as well as factors that specifically affect the use of… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By | January 21, 2016

Republicans Discuss 2016 Agenda; Congressional Leaders Pledge to Complete Work on All 12 Appropriations Bills; Obama Budget Expected in Early February Hot on the heels of the passage of the 2016 omnibus spending bill in December, there are signs that the budget and appropriations process will again be a top priority on Capitol Hill this… Read More »

Standing room only at FASEB microbiome hearing

By | January 21, 2016

On January 13, more than one hundred congressional staffers, scientists, and members of other organizations attended a Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) briefing on Capitol Hill entitled “The Microbiome: Our Own Personal Ecosystem.” The event featured three scientific experts who discussed how the vast community of microorganisms in and on our bodies… Read More »