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STAR METRICS Promises to Measure Federal Science Investments

A new initiative promises to monitor the impact of federal science investments on employment, the generation of knowledge, and health outcomes, to a degree not previously possible. The Science and Technology for America's Reinvestment: Measuring the Effect of Research on Innovation, Competitiveness and Science, or STAR METRICS, is a multi-agency venture that will be lead by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Together, NSF and NIH have committed $1 million for the program's first year. The first phase of the two-phase program will use university administrative records to calculate the employment impact of federal science spending through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and agencies' existing budgets.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , science , NSF , Recovery and Reinvestment Act , Scott Carr

Monday - 06/07/2010, 08:50pm EDT

Agencies create a STAR to guide science policy

The STAR METRICS will create a reliable and consistent inter-agency mechanism to account for the number of scientists and support staff that are on research institution payrolls supported by federal funds. Details from Julia Lane, program director with the National Science Foundation.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , ARRA , jobs , NSF , White House Office of Science and Technology Polic , Julia Lane , Suzanne Kubota , best practices

Monday - 06/07/2010, 10:06am EDT
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FDA and NIH Launch Electronic Safety Reporting Portal

The Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health have launched a new Web site that, when fully developed, will provide a mechanism for the reporting of pre- and post-market safety data to the federal government. Currently, the Web site can be used to report safety problems related to foods, including animal feed, as well as adverse events that might happen in relation to human gene transfer trials. Consumers can also use the site to report problems with pet foods and pet treats. The new site, called the Safety Reporting Portal, is meant to provide greater and easier access to online reporting. FDA officials say it's a first step toward a common electronic reporting system that will offer one-stop shopping, allowing people to file a single report that may be of interest to several agencies.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , FDA , Scott Carr

Monday - 05/31/2010, 11:49pm EDT

NIH Research Identifies At Risk Infants

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health - using an electro-encephalogram, a machine that records the brain's electrical activity - shows newborn infants are capable of a simple form of learning while they're asleep. The finding may one day lead to a test that can identify infants at risk for developmental disorders. The NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development sponsors research on development, before and after birth. The machine measured the babies brain's electrical activity while a video camera recorded each baby's facial expressions, as researchers played a tone, as a machine blew a puff of air at each sleeping infant's eyelids. The electroencephalogram detected changes in brain wave activity that occurred simultaneously with the tone, showing the infants had learned to associate the tone with the puff of air.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , health , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 05/25/2010, 08:15pm EDT

Contract Overload, part 3: OFPP ready to set tone for the future of MACs.

Congressional staff members call the current MAC environment "chaos." The administration will decide in a matter of weeks whether NIH should continue to run its CIO-SP3 governmentwide contract. OFPP administrator Gordon says several broad policy decisions must be made to address the challenges around multiple award contracts.

Tags: contracting , Dan Gordon , Molly Wilkinson , Peter Levine , OFPP , GSA , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Senate Armed Services Committee , Scott Amey , Jim Williams , Alan Chvotkin , POGO , Professional Services Council , TechAmerica , multiple award contracting , GWACs , Jason Miller , Contract Overload

Wednesday - 05/19/2010, 06:36am EDT
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All about upcoming conferences

Amtower gets the latest on upcoming conferences that you should attend.
March 15, 2010

Tags: OSDBU , FISSEA , NIST , DHS , National Veterans Small Business Conference , GDIT , Lockheed Martin

Monday - 03/15/2010, 01:46pm EDT
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March Madness gambling is a no-no for feds

Filling out those NCAA brackets for more than fun is not allowed if you work for the federal government.

Tags: federal government , March Madness , NCAA , gambling , Basketball , feds , National Institutes of Health , workplace policies , Neal Augenstein , Colleen Kelleher

Tuesday - 03/16/2010, 07:35am EDT

NIH and the VA hold golden job opportunities in government

AARP's "Best Employers for Workers over Fifty" lauds two nifty federal agencies.

Tags: P&B , AARP , Deborah Russell , Best Employers for Workers over Fifty , VA

Monday - 09/28/2009, 12:54pm EDT
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NIH Director Collins: an old hand in a new job

A noted scientist takes on a new role at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Dr. Francis Collins is sworn in as the 16th director of NIH as swine flu prepares to make its return to the northern hemisphere, and as the economic stimulus provides a financial respite from the ups and downs of finding money for scientific research.

Tags: newsstand , mngt , HHS , Dr. Francis Collins

Tuesday - 08/18/2009, 06:56am EDT
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