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Questions about NIH agency chief linger

One lawmaker has levied more allegations of mismanagement against linkurl:David Schwartz;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53502/ , director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Last week, Schwartz temporarily stepped down from his position while the National Institutes of Health, which oversees NIEHS, conducts a linkurl:"comprehensive review of the management and leadership";http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/od-20.htm at the agency. Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley

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One lawmaker has levied more allegations of mismanagement against linkurl:David Schwartz;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/home/53502/ , director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Last week, Schwartz temporarily stepped down from his position while the National Institutes of Health, which oversees NIEHS, conducts a linkurl:"comprehensive review of the management and leadership";http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/aug2007/od-20.htm at the agency. Senator linkurl:Charles Grassley;http://grassley.senate.gov/public/ (R-IA), ranking member of the United States Senate Committee on Finance, continues to ask tough questions of NIH head, linkurl:Elias Zerhouni;http://www.nih.gov/about/director/index.htm , who appointed Schwartz more than two years ago and serves as his direct supervisor. Adding to linkurl:letters;http://www.senate.gov/~finance/sitepages/grassley.htm sent earlier this year, Grassley sent Zerhouni a new linkurl:letter;http://grassley.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=ae641491-1321-0e36-baa8-64587774599c&Month=8&Year=2007 , dated August 27, that outlines further transgressions allegedly perpetrated by Schwartz and reprimands Zerhouni for the "slow pace of NIH's response" to previous questions. In the most recent letter, Grassley details several instances of Schwartz's alleged mismanagement. First, Grassley writes that the NIH's Office of Management...

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