The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is convening a group of experts to address the effects of regulatory burden on the research community. Members serving on the Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements: A New Framework for Research Universities in the 21st Century will examine federal regulations and reporting requirements affecting research. Some goals of the committee include: 1) gathering information on personnel time and costs of compliance, 2) developing a framework and supporting principles for the federal regulation of research universities, and 3) offering suggestions for evaluating regulations and reporting requirements that are outdated.
Excessive administrative burden has been a longstanding issue for FASEB and its president, Joseph R. Haywood, PhD. Because of his expertise in this area, Dr. Haywood was asked to serve as a member of this important committee. Larry Faulkner, PhD, President Emeritus of the University of Texas-Austin will serve as the chair of the committee, with Harriet Rabb, JD, Vice President and General Counsel at The Rockefeller University, serving as vice chair. The committee will hold its first meeting on February 12-13, 2015 in Washington, D.C.