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Science Directorate
October 2005

Science Policy Insider News (October 2005)

Transcript of House Floor Debate on Durbin Amendment for Integrity in the Vetting of Scientific Advisory Committees

During the debate on the Senate legislation that funds the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) offered an amendment that seeks to ensure that candidates for scientific advisory committees are not vetted for either their voting history or political beliefs, but for their scientific expertise.

Psychology and Human Intelligence

During the last week of October, John Negroponte, the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), took the unusual step of publicly revealing the National Intelligence Strategy of the United States. The Strategy, which calls for "transformation through integration and innovation", formalizes previous reports that the DNI was planning to shift resources away from technical information collection toward human intelligence gathering.

Amendment Targets NIMH Research Again

For the second year in a row, Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) has succeeded in his efforts to pass an amendment that would rescind funding for peer-reviewed behavioral research projects supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Also in this Issue

Psychology Helps Weather The Storms; Science Policy Office Hits the Road; Commissioner of Special Education Research Addresses Research Community; Friends of NIDA Coalition Presents Educational Briefing on HIV and Drug Use; Senate Passes Amendment Supporting Scientific Integrity; Health and Education Funding Bill Passed by U.S. Senate; APA Takes Stand on Detainee Issue