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Newsletter No. 15 -- March, 1999

ITEMS OF INTEREST TO THE IMAGING RESEARCH COMMUNITY:

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REVISION OF OMB CIRCULAR A-100: Public Law 105-277 directs OMB to amend Section __.36 of OMB Circular A-110 to require Federal awarding agencies "to ensure that all data produced under an award will be made available to the public through the procedures established under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)." Therefore the OMB is proposing to extend the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) so that Federal agencies will make available research data produced under Federal awards, in response to FOIA requests. Please DISTRIBUTE THIS NOTICE to all colleagues and grantees outside the NIH and urge them to use this opportunity to respond with their concerns to the OMB.

This OMB proposed rule-making has significant and far-reaching implications for the scientific research community. There are many areas of concern and issues that have not been clarified. Thus far, there has been little comment from the research community, despite the serious implications.

Individual scientists and investigators are strongly encouraged to submit comments to OMB. Although NIH will be preparing a single response, comments from individuals will carry great weight in the final decision.

>>> Public Comment Period through April 5, 1999

Comments to OMB can be submitted via E-mail to: fcharney@omb.eop.gov. Please include comments in the body of the E-mail, NOT as an attachment. Include name, title, organization, postal address, and E-mail address.

If mailing comments, send to F. James Charney, Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget, Room 6025, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. If possible, include a word processing version of comments on a computer disk.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: F. James Charney, Policy Analyst, OMB, at (202) 395-3993.

The Federal Register Notice, of February 4, 1999, (Volume 64, Number 23, pgs. 5684-5685) is available on the Internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/EOP/OMB/html/fedreg/a-110rev.html

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FACT SHEET: A document on the NIH Web site provides a summary of some areas of concern and major implications of the use of FOIA for data release. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/a110implications.htm

The full text of OMB A-110 can be found at http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/EOP/OMB/html/circulars/a110/a110.html

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