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Update on Sequestration Cuts for Statistical Agencies

Sequestration Cuts’ Impact on Statistical Agencies
Steve Pierson | The Census Project Blog
February 19, 2014

This is up-to-date information on selected statistical agencies, primarily the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, at the end of the post are links to impacts on NIH and NSF.

An Exercise in Inefficiency: Sequestration/Threat of Sequestration

This is a collection of recent news articles on sequestration. For the most part, the articles concern NIH funding, although a few discuss all federal agencies. An earlier post links to a agency-by-agency cuts as well as UM-specific information.

Sequestration cuts no longer the ‘bad policy’ bogeyman for Congress
Jeremy Herb | The Hill
January 29, 2013
This news source focuses on Congress and the Federal government. It concludes “With the sequestration deadline a little over four weeks away, there appears to be little momentum in Congress or the White House to stop the cuts.”

Threats of automatic cuts costly to federal agencies
Lisa Rein |Washington Post
January 27, 2013

Paul Ryan Insists Republicans are ready to let the Sequester Happen
Suzy Khimm | Wonk Blog (Washington Post)
January 27, 2013

Ryan: No Sequestration had Romney and I Won
Pema Levy | Talking Points Memo
January 27, 2013

Sequestration means mass furloughs in April
Stephen Losey | Federal Times
January 25, 2013

NIH Director Francis Collins: Medical Research at Risk
Paige Winfield Cunningham | Politico
January 16, 2013

Sequestering Science
Michael D. Purugganan | Huffington Post
January 16, 2013

Is the NIH Funding Model Efficient?

Money and Science: To He that Hath
The Economist
December 8th, 2012
This analysis is based on the publication and funding record of the most highly cited biomedical papers and concluded that NIH may not support the best researchers. The link to the original article, in Nature, is provided below.

Research grants: Conform and be funded
Joshua M. Nicholson & John P.A. Ioannidis | Nature
December 5, 2012
Tag line: Too many US authors of the most innovative and influential papers in the life sciences do not receive NIH funding.

And, perhaps related to the above, NIH is considering anonymity for grant applicants:

NIH Considers Anonymity for Grant Applicants
Paul Basken | The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 10, 2012

And, be careful about unattributed text. Some federal agencies are using software to detect unattributed copying in research proposals. See below.

Plagiarism in Grant Proposals
Karen M. Markin | The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 10, 2012

Never Mind: Continuing Resolution negates riders to bills

The House (September 13) and the Senate (September 22) passed the FY 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the agencies and programs of the Federal government until March 27, 2013.

This means that all the riders to bills that abolished programs, some of which had a serious impact on social scientists have been negated. This includes the elimination of funding for: the American Community Survey (ACS), the political science program at NSF, and economics research at NIH.

The CR includes an across-the-board increase of 0.6 percent above FY 2012.

For further details, here’s the full 158 page text.

Text drawn from an APDU Data Update, September 27, 2012

Under Threat: Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services

Funding for non-defensse discretionary (NDD) programs will be slashed by 8.4 percent, if Congress does not deal with sequestration during the “lame duck” session of Congress.

The following report provides the details of the impact on jobs and services:

Under Threat: Sequestration’s Impact on Nondefense Jobs and Services
Senator Tom Harkin | Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on . . .
July 25, 2012

This information & links comes from the Office of Government and Public Affairs, Poulation Association of America/Association of Population Centers.

The University of Michigan also has a helpful website:

Impact of Budget Control Act of 2011

Towards the bottom of the website are reports specific to NIH, CDC, and NSF.

First, the House prohibited funding for Political Science research; now it’s Economics

The House appropriations bill for Labor, Health & Human Services & Education attempts to eviscerate The Affordable Care Act by snuffing out NIH funding for health economics research. The scientific community reacts in the posts/tweets below:

NEWS ALERT: First, the House prohibited funding for Political Science research; now it’s Economics

The dismal science gets dismal news from the 2013 Labor, Health & Human Services & Education Appropriations bill

National Organizations and Universities Oppose NIH Economic Research Ban
Consortium of Social Science Associations
July 30, 2012

Panel Votes to End Prevention Fund, Cut Economic Studies, Freeze NIH
Jocelyn Kaiser | Science
July 2012

Last week, a House of Representatives panel passed a 2013 spending bill that would freeze the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), impose narrowly targeted cuts and restrictions on agencies that pay for science and health care analysis, and potentially strip $787 million from the budget of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The draft bill, reflecting hostility to the Administration’s 2010 health care law and a desire to trim the Department of Health and Human Services, would wipe out HHS’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a backer of evidence-based medicine. It would also bar NIH from funding about $200 million in economics studies.

In the end, this may all be resolved by a continuing resolution, which will extend funding for six months beyond Oct 1. This would delay final votes and compromises on these controversial appropriations bills.

House appropriations bill targets health economics and evidence-based medicine
Jocelyn Kaiser | ScienceInsider
July 18, 2012
First paragraph says it all:

A flat budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) isn’t the only unpleasant surprise for research advocates in a House of Representatives spending bill released yesterday. The draft bill, which reflects Republicans’ desire to undo the 2010 health care law and trim the Department of Health and Human Services, would wipe out HHS’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the main supporter of evidence-based medicine. The bill also bars NIH from funding economics studies.

Death of Evidence: Canadians protesting cuts in science funding and programs

This is the press coverage for the “Death of Evidence” movement in Canada – mostly Carleton University scientists

Death of Evidence

The Death of Evidence Website
No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy

Feds mount systematic, deliberate campaign to reduce role of scientific evidence in decision-making
Diane Orihel, Scott Findlay | Hill Times
July 23, 2012

Death of evidence: Changes to Canadian science raise questions that the government must answer
Op-ed | Nature
July 19, 2012

Changes to Canadian science raise questions that the government must answer
Editorial | Nature
July 18, 2012

‘The Death of Evidence’ in Canada: Scientists’ Own Words
Katie Gibbs, Adam Houben, Arne Mooers, Vance L. Trudeau and Diane Orihel | The Tyee
July 16, 2012

This is a compressed compilation of the speeches that various scientists gave at the ‘Death of Evidence’ protest. Or to quote the tag-line for this article: “(D)ata distorted for ‘propaganda’ and other complaints against the Harper government made at last week’s Ottawa rally.

The day the earth moved in Ottawa
Michael Harris | iPolitics
July 12, 2012

Canada’s budget cuts imperil important environmental research area
Public Radio International []
July 12, 2012
includes audio interview & story

Scientists march on Parliament Hill to protest research cuts
Terry Pedwell | The Canadian Press []
July 10, 2012

Canada’s PM Stephen Harper faces revolt by scientists
Suzanne Goldenberg | The Guardian
July 9, 2012

Stop picking on the social sciences

Most of these article and blog entries are related to Jeff Flake’s amendment to a House appropriations bill, which stripped funding for Political Science from NSF. The Senate should be acting on the appropriations bill that funds NSF in the next few weeks.

Stop bullying the ‘soft’ sciences
Timothy Wilson | Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2012

Congress should cut funding for political science research
Charles Lane | The Washington Post
June 4, 2012

Political Science Serving the Public Interest
Nolan McCarty | The Monkey Cage
May 30, 2012

How Reliable are the Social Sciences?
Gary Gutting | The New York Times
May 17, 2012

NSF Funding Solicitation Changes

NSF 12-105
Dear Colleague Letter

Proposal Solicitation and Evaluation Changes for the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program
July 5, 2012

Effective immediately, GSS will conduct one annual competition for new research proposals submitted to the program. The next deadline for submission of these proposals is September 13, 2012. Starting in 2013, the proposal-submission deadline will be the first Thursday in September.

[Full statement]

White House on the Social Statistics Bandwagon

New U.S. Research Will Aim at Flood of Digital Data
Steve Lohr | New York Times
March 29, 2012
The Obama administration is set to announce on Thursday a major initiative regarding big data computing, which will involve several government agencies and deparments, with commitments totaling $200 million.

The United States of Big Data
Rachael King | The Wall Street Journal
March 29, 2012

White House Press Release
NSF Press Release