Transparency in Regulatory Science: A History Lesson

From: Regulatory Pacesetters

American Association for the Advancement of Science-Federal Focus Symposium on Data Access

In order to encourage discussion and debate on the Data Access issue, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Federal Focus, Inc. jointly sponsored a symposium on the Data Access issue on February 26, 1999, in Washington, D.C. Specific focus of the discussion was on the data provisions contained in the FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 105-277) and conference report. Under that Act, OMB was required to amend its Circular A-110 (“Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations”) to make publicly-funded research data available to the public through requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Panelists from a variety of key organizations participated in the symposium, including:

  • Office of Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL)
  • House Science Committee
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • University of Chicago
  • Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

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