• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has ended a freeze on new hires and non-mandatory training. Those cost saving measures went into effect 10 months ago as a result of budget sequestration. The omnibus funding deal enacted in January alleviated financial pressures at NOAA, allowing the ban to be lifted.

  • Three junior Republicans were named to the House Appropriations Committee, which sets allocations for federal agencies. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV) will sit on the Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, which oversees the budget for the National Science Foundation and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), who previously chaired the Science Subcommittee on Environment, will serve on the Interior and Environment Appropriations panel. Stewart and Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) were assigned to the panel that oversees the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

  • Hannah Valantine, MD will serve as the first Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The position was created in response to a recommendation from an advisory group on workforce diversity. Dr. Valantine will lead NIH's efforts to expand recruitment and retention in the biomedical research enterprise.


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