White House seeks scientists' comments

Deadline approaching for contributions to government streamlining effort

Ted Agres(tedagres@lycos.com)

Research organizations and scientific societies are giving the White House an earful when it comes to their pet peeves about government support for research. The comments were invited by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Many will become part of the agenda for a top-level review of policies and practices for funding research.

The OSTP's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) originally set a September 22 filing deadline for these comments. But a bug in the government's E-mail system deleted all the submissions that had been sent in before September 4. So OSTP extended the submission deadline to October 6 to allow those groups whose E-mails were lost to resubmit their ideas and to give other organizations more time to file.

The assessment will target three main areas, including identifying common practices among various federal granting agencies to make life easier for researchers and managers at their institutions....

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