Tag Archives: USDA

USDA removes, then returns records to its website

In a confusing series of events, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) first removed all regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records from its website, then returned many of the same documents online in response to public outcry. According to APHIS, all records pertaining to… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Passes Bill Funding Government Through December; Legislators Return to the Campaign Trail; Busy Lame Duck Session Expected After November Elections After resolving a protracted dispute over resources to clean up the contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan, Congress finally passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government operating beyond the start of fiscal… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Senate Approves First 2017 Spending Bill; Appropriations Committee Passes Funding Legislation for Agriculture Research and the National Science Foundation; Negotiations Continue on Medical Innovations Bill; Agencies Receive Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Instructions Work on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget continued on Capitol Hill as spending bills supporting funding for agriculture and veterans research and… Read More »

FASEB Identifies Ways to Reduce Burden at USDA

On May 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on identifying and reducing regulatory burdens. The RFI sought feedback from the community on USDA regulations that could be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make their… Read More »

FASEB Factsheets Detail Federal Science Funding at the State and District Level

To help scientists and other members of the public explain the importance of federal research funding in their communities, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released up-to-date information on the federal investment in research in states and districts in the United States.  The factsheets specify local funding from the National Institutes of… Read More »

Bipartisan support at FASEB Capitol Hill Day

Advocates for biological and biomedical research received enthusiastic support from both Democrats and Republicans during the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Capitol Hill Day on March 3. The annual event drew 46 scientist participants from 25 states for meetings with 100 congressional offices. During their meetings, the researchers advocated for sustained and… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop: President Obama’s Budget Edition

On February 9, President Barack Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget fleshing out the details of the proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address. Under the President’s proposal, overall funding for research and development (R&D) would rise to $152 billion, an increase of $6 billion (four percent) over enacted FY… Read More »