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President Launches Effort to Reorganize Federal Agencies

March 15th, 2017

In one of the latest Executive Orders to come out of the White House, the President directed the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to put together a “comprehensive” plan to “reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies. . . , components of agencies, and agency programs.”

The process will begin with agency heads submitting to the OMB Director, within 180 days, proposed plans for their agencies. The OMB Director will

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Scientific Integrity Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

February 16th, 2017

A bill that aims to protect scientific integrity in research conducted or funded by the federal government was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. The “Scientific Integrity Bill” (S. 338) is sponsored by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and almost 30 other co-sponsors, all Democrats to date.

The bill would codify existing policies at numerous federal agencies, which were put into place

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Funding for Science—What Is The Path Forward?

February 16th, 2017

Undoubtedly, changes in congressional and executive branch leadership portend shifting legislative and federal funding priorities. While the new Administration organizes, and Congress awaits President Trump’s first budget submission, uncertainty surrounding how agencies and programs will fare hangs in the balance.

Under normal circumstances, during the first week of February, the President would be sending Congress his proposed budget for the next fiscal year. This

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115th Congress Gets Organized for the Work Ahead

January 19th, 2017

On January 3, the 115th Congress kicked off its first session with formal swearing in ceremonies. In the House of Representatives, the freshman class includes 52 members (26 Republicans and 27 Democrats), while the Senate has 7 new members (2 Republicans and 5 Democrats). This Congress is considerably more diverse with women and minorities making considerable gains. This increased diversity is reflected in the House and Senate leadership where women hold some of the

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