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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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House Passes Comstock’s Bipartisan Legislation On Research

May 19, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed the Research and Development Efficiency Act, (H.R.1119) sponsored by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, by a voice vote.  This is a bill to have federal research regulations reviewed for unjustified burdens, unnecessary requirements, and duplication and to recommend cost saving reforms.

“I thank my colleagues for supporting this bipartisan commonsense piece of legislation that will let researchers actually do their jobs and not get bogged down by red tape,” said Congresswoman Comstock. “According to recent studies, researchers spend on average 42 percent of their time on administrative requirements while not conducting research.  This bill ensures that more of our federal research dollars are spent on actual research.”      

“I thank Rep. Comstock for her good bipartisan bill,” said Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith.  “The non-partisan Government Accountability Office calculated that up to 40 percent of federal research dollars is consumed by researchers’ compliance with various federal  rules and requirements. These redundant, overlapping and even unnecessary requirements consume significant time and resources at the expense of scientific research. The Research and Development Efficiency Act is a step in the right direction. It cuts through administrative red tape to ensure our nation’s research investments are efficient and effective.”

The Research and Development Efficiency Act requires the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to establish a working group under the National Science and Technology Council to review federal regulations that affect researchers and research universities.  The working group is tasked with making recommendations on how to harmonize, streamline, and eliminate duplicative federal regulations and reporting requirements, and making recommendations on how to minimize the regulatory burden on research institutions.