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National Science Foundation: Additional Steps Would Improve Cost Estimate for Antarctic Research Infrastructure Project

GAO-24-106380
Dec 05, 2023
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National Science Foundation The Director of NSF should ensure that the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernization for Science cost estimate meets the well-documented characteristic of a reliable cost estimate, as defined in GAO's cost guide. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

Science and Engineering Statistics: Improved Communication Needed with Stakeholders on Data Needs

GAO-23-106361
Sep 27, 2023
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National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics The Director of NCSES should update the agency's communication plan to identify appropriate methods and tools for communicating with stakeholders regarding data collection efforts, agency strategic priorities, and learning agendas. (Recommendation 1)
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When we confirm what actions the agency has taken in response to this recommendation, we will provide updated information.

National Institutes of Health: Better Data Will Improve Understanding of Federal Contributions to Drug Development

GAO-23-105656
May 04, 2023
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National Institutes of Health The Director of NIH should update the Grants Policy Statement and NIH training materials to provide clear guidance that the government interest statement in a patent arising from NIH-funded research should name National Institutes of Health as the federal agency and correctly identify NIH awards using, at the minimum, the institute code and serial number. (Recommendation 1)
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HHS agreed with the recommendation. In its comments included in the report, HHS stated that NIH (1) would make appropriate edits to the NIH Grants Policy Statement, Section 8.2.4 Inventions and Patents (Exhibit 8), to provide clear guidance to NIH federal funding recipients that they should name in the government interest statements "National Institutes of Health" as the federal agency and correctly identify NIH awards using, at the minimum, the institute code and serial number; and (2) expected updates to be included in the next scheduled revision of the NIH Grants Policy Statement in October 2023. HHS also stated that NIH would update training materials to provide similar guidance at the next available opportunity. We will reassess the status of this recommendation when HHS provides information on steps taken to implement it.
National Institutes of Health The Director of NIH should develop a procedure describing how researchers can access NIH microdata for the purposes of studying and evaluating NIH's contributions to developing new drugs and treatments. (Recommendation 2)
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HHS agreed with the recommendation. In its comments included in the report, HHS stated that NIH would develop a procedure describing how researchers can access NIH microdata for analytical purposes and provide an action plan to address the recommendation in the agency's 180-day letter response to Congress. We will reassess the status of this recommendation when HHS provides information on steps taken to implement it.

Animal Use in Research: NIH Should Strengthen Oversight of Projects It Funds at Foreign Facilities

GAO-23-105736
Mar 30, 2023
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National Institutes of Health The Director of NIH should take steps—such as conducting site visits to foreign facilities that perform NIH-funded animal research or requiring third-party verification—to provide reasonable assurance that award recipients' annual self-reported project information is reliable and adequate to ensure the humane care and use of laboratory animals. (Recommendation 1)
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HHS concurred with this recommendation. As of September 2023, HHS noted that NIH's Office of Laboratory Research (OLAW) plans to initiate virtual site visits including a review of award recipients' annual Research Performance Progress Reports for a subset of foreign facilities that perform NIH-funded animal research beginning in Spring 2024. In addition, HHS stated that beginning in Spring 2024, the NIH OLAW will additionally confirm third-party documentation from national, regional, state, and/or local oversight entities as well as documentation of assessment by independent bodies, as available. We will continue to monitor NIH's progress on implementing this recommendation.