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Policy Corner: Congressional Committee Mulls Changes to Federal Grant Programs

As federal grants are centrally important to many ACSM researchers, we are happy to share a summary of proposed legislation affecting federal grant programs. This is provided by Jennifer Zeitzer, director of legislative relations for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society.

On Nov. 16, Representative James Lankford (R-OK) introduced H.R. 3433, the Grant Reform and New Transparency (GRANT) Act of 2011. The bill was referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. According to Representative Lankford, the legislation is intended to create greater transparency in how federal agencies award and distribute grants. HR 3433 is co-sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), and Pedro Pierluisi (D-Puerto Rico). There is no Senate companion legislation at this time. more

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