November 01, 2016

House subcommittee holds hearing on academic research regulations

Used with permission from the October 19, 2016 Science Policy Report of the Crop Science Society of America

The House Science, Space, & Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held a hearing on restrictive and costly academic research regulations. Chairwoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) opened the hearing with a statement declaring the need to “cut the red tape to optimize our nation’s investment in scientific research.” According to House Science, Space, & Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), up to 25 percent of federal grant funding is spent on complying with research regulations. Research regulations were addressed in the University Streamlining and Harmonization Act of 2016 which calls for the creation of a Research Policy Board housed within the Office of Management and Budget and which is tasked with overseeing research regulations and policies to cut costly and unnecessary compliance measures.

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