FASEB RECOMMENDS CHANGES IN FEDERAL COST PRINCIPLES FOR EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Created by on 08/02/2011
Responding to a request for information issued by the National Institutes of Health, FASEB recommended revisions to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-21 and related research regulatory policies. The Circular, “Cost Principles for Educational Institutions” describes federal policies related to a host of administrative issues associated with the conduct, management, and oversight of federal research grants and contracts to educational institutions. The request was issued to help the agency identify ways to reduce the administrative and financial burden these policies impose on the research community.
In its comments, FASEB recommended that the Obama administration establish mechanisms to evaluate the need for and impact of both existing and proposed regulations, make every effort to harmonize regulations and guidance among federal agencies, and develop regulations that are tiered to the level of risk presented. FASEB’s letter also offered a number of specific policy changes, including eliminating effort reporting, minimizing financial reporting requirements, delineating the responsibilities between institutions and federal agencies with regard to the review of animal and human research protocols, reducing the frequency of re-review of animal research protocols, and exempting research from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule.