Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By Jennifer Zeitzer Appropriations Committees Begin Hearings on Fiscal Year 2016 Budget; New Report Details Impact of Sequestration on Non-Defense Programs Members of Congress resumed their review of President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget this week as appropriations committee leaders warned their colleagues not to expect spending increases. At a House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee… Read More »

FASEB Seeks Feedback on Its “Sustaining Discovery” Discussion Framework

By Bethany Drehman The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) encourages interested individuals and groups in the research community to submit feedback on its discussion framework “Sustaining Discovery in Biological and Medical Sciences” by March 10, 2015. Comments will be analyzed, summarized, and presented to FASEB board members for their consideration. To register… Read More »

NIH Issues Statement Reinforcing Importance of Service

By Yvette Seger The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on February 20 issued a notice reiterating the agency’s expectation that funded investigators serve in advisory roles. The notice stressed the importance of peer review and advisory groups in guiding NIH’s research priorities, and the need to ensure representation of diverse perspectives in these processes. “The… Read More »

FDA Seeks Input on Regulation of Next Generation DNA Sequencing Technologies

By Elizabeth Barksdale The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a workshop to discuss the state of human genetics and genomics testing using next generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. The agency also sought feedback from stakeholders on its proposed approach to regulate NGS diagnostic tests. NGS refers to a collection of new technologies that, together,… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By Jennifer Zeitzer President Sends Budget Request to Congress; Appropriations Committees Announce Deadlines for Fiscal Year 2016 Requests; Bills Introduced to Increase Funding for Biomedical Research President Barack Obama released his fiscal year FY 2016 budget on February 2, providing more detail about the proposals he outlined in his State of the Union speech. The… Read More »

FASEB Urges FDA to Resolve Concerns Regarding Proposed Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests

By Yvette Seger Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) are in vitro diagnostic tests that are designed, manufactured, and used within a single laboratory and vary widely both in terms of the substances measured and test complexity. Since 1976, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has exercised enforcement discretion for LDTs, and primary oversight of such tests… Read More »