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NSF Seeking Input on Updated Proposal and Award Guidance
The National Science Foundation is seeking public input on an update of its Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide. Among the changes in the new version are new reporting requirements on sexual harassment and other misconduct and updated guidelines on intellectual property management. The agency is requesting specific feedback on how to minimize the reporting burden of grantees and if the proposed information to be collected is necessary. Comments should be submitted by July 13.
EPA Seeking Comment on Controversial Open Science Proposal
The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on a proposed rule that would require data and models underlying certain scientific studies to be made publicly available before the agency could use the studies in developing regulations. The proposal is modeled on the controversial “Honest and Open New EPA Science Treatment (HONEST) Act,” although it is narrower in scope, only applying only to pollutant exposure data and models underlying “pivotal” regulatory science.
NIST Seeking Input on Improving Technology Transfer
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input on ways to update current federal practices and policies to better facilitate the commercialization of technologies developed with federal support. The request is part of a cross-agency priority initiative, led by the Commerce Department and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, to improve federal technology transfer. Based on the feedback received, the administration will potentially seek legislative changes. NIST is holding four stakeholder engagement events across the U.S. as part of the initiative.
State Department Seeking Public Comments on Visa Vetting Proposal
The State Department is seeking public input on its proposal to add new questions to the visa application process. The department is requesting specific feedback on how to minimize the reporting burden of applicants and if the proposed information to be collected is necessary. In response to a request for comment on a similar proposal last year, the presidents of the National Academies warned that expanding visa vetting procedures in this way “will have significant negative unintended consequences on the nation’s international leadership in research, innovation, and education,” could discourage researchers from coming into the U.S., and could lead scientific societies to hold meetings elsewhere.
Senate Science Appropriations Subcommittee Accepting Input on FY19 Budget
The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee is accepting testimony from outside witnesses as it develops spending legislation for fiscal year 2019. The subcommittee is responsible for writing the appropriations bill that funds NASA, NSF, NOAA, and NIST, among other agencies.