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The Maxine Singer Papers

Letter from Maxine Singer to F. James Charney pdf (75,684 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Maxine Singer to F. James Charney
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1999-03-16 (March 16, 1999)
Singer, Maxine
Charney, F. James
United States Office of Management & Budget
Original Repository: Library of Congress. Maxine Singer Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Library of Congress.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Government Regulation
Research Design
Exhibit Category:
The Science Administrator as Advocate
Box Number: 41
Folder Number: 1
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Subject Files, 1950-2002, n.d.
Folder: American Society for Cell Biology, 1992-1993, 1995-2001
March 16, 1999
Dear Mr. Charney:
I write regarding the February 4 notice regarding the proposed amendment to Circular A-110. This amendment proposes regulations regarding the release of scientific data by researchers who receive federal support. These regulations are of direct interest to the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Our institution carries out fundamental research in astrophysics, planetary and earth science, and biology. The work of the Institution's scientists is generously supported by grants from the NIH, NASA, NSF, DOE, and USDA.
The Carnegie Institution welcomes the efforts of the OMB to develop proposed regulations that would reduce the negative impact of the recent legislation by requiring that under the FOIA, federally-funded scientists release "data relating to published research findings produced under an award that were used by the Federal Government in developing policy or rules." Nevertheless, we are concerned that even the proposed OMB regulations will have a damaging effect on the efforts of our scientific staff. Our most serious concern is that the regulations may force scientists to release preliminary data before the scientists are satisfied of the data's integrity and reproducibility. None of us can predict the ways in which aggressive individuals may pursue the opportunities afforded by the proposed regulations, but many possible scenarios suggest that the damage to the enormously productive U.S. research enterprise can be significant.
Therefore, we urge the OMB to revise the proposed regulations so that they do not invite unanticipated and damaging requests but rather limit the possible FOIA requests.
Maxine F. Singer
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