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Google could gain from cookie trail

March 17, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Executives at online-advertising giant Google are helping President Obama and Capitol Hill legislators get their messages out to the public, but they're facing nascent opposition from privacy advocates and small competitors who say Google is inappropriately using its presence on government Web sites to track users' political activities online. These...

NIH director to step down

September 24, 2008 Elias Zerhouni, the director of the National Institutes of Health, is expected to announce his departure Wednesday. President Bush picked him in March 2002, and he is regarded by some experts as the administration's most successful administrator. He managed to impose a management reform on the notoriously disorganized NIH, and...

NIH director steers agency through tough times

March 18, 2008 Last year, Rep. Henry Waxman set his investigators on the trail of a potential scandal at one of the National Institutes of Health. The California Democrat, known for his aggressive probes of suspected malfeasance in Republican administrations, had caught wind of a complicated mess at the National Institute of Environmental...

Technology cited as key to detection of immigration fraud

July 14, 2006 U.S. citizenship is such a valuable prize that over the decades and generations, many people have broken laws to gain U.S. residency for themselves or others. Indeed, some degree of fraud is probably inevitable in any immigration system. But critics say the complex immigration bill passed by the Senate has...

National Institutes of Health feels budget squeeze

April 14, 2006 At the National Institutes of Health, the days of living large seem to be over. Since fiscal 2003, when Congress finished its five-year effort to double the NIH budget, the medical research agency has been struggling to keep up with inflation and redirect its spending. Now, facing a third year...

Programs for disabled and blind facing increased scrutiny

December 2, 2005 Two federal programs that provide jobs for disabled and blind Americans are under scrutiny in the Senate and face possible overhauls after operating for decades with minimal government oversight. The Javits-Wagner-O'Day, or JWOD, program aimed at employing disabled workers and the Randolph-Sheppard program for the blind are likely to be...

HHS weighs relaxing restrictions on inmate testing

November 23, 2005 Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services are considering whether to loosen federal patient protections for prisoners, in order to allow more inmates to volunteer for medical experiments and social-science research. The department's Office for Human Research Protections has asked the Institute of Medicine, an advisory group that...

Critics call for overhaul of program aimed at employing disabled

April 22, 2005 For six years, Safeguard Maintenance had one of the best janitorial contracts that the federal government offers in downtown Washington. The Cockeysville, Md., company was paid $183,000 a month by the General Services Administration to clean the corridors, bathrooms, and some of the office space at the 3.1 million-square-foot Ronald...

NIH tries to balance scientists' interests with taxpayer interests

February 13, 2004 Washington is well schooled in conflicts of interest involving money, but a recent congressional hearing on the National Institutes of Health exposed a different kind of conflict, one that pits taxpayer-funded scientists' interest in making discoveries against the taxpayers' desire for near-term therapies and ethical restraints on research. These nonmonetary...

Congress wants payoff from increased NIH funding

November 3, 2003 In the six years since 1997, Congress has doubled the National Institutes of Health's medical-science budget, which this year stands at almost $28 billion. Now Congress wants results. The money flows to scientists at NIH and also to research centers scattered throughout legislators' districts. The rising tide of funds has...

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