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  • Restricted Travel, Conference Budgets Could Harm Regulators, Say Critics

    Government oversight bodies wary of fraudulent and unscrupulous expenditures made during agency-sponsored conferences have recently begun to crack down on how much money the agencies can spend, potentially to the detriment of legitimate exchanges of scientific information, say critics. After reports were raised about the General Services Administration (GSA) spending huge sums on an extravagant Las Vegas conference featuring a clown, mind-reader and $7,000 in sushi rol...
  • Bill Curtailing FDA Conference Spending Passes House

    A piece of legislation that could potentially curtail the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) ability to hold conferences has passed the US House of Representatives, reports The Hill . The legislation, the Government Spending Accountability Act (GSA Act) , comes on the heels of a scandal in which members of the Government Services Administration (GSA) held a conference that was held up by some congressmen as being a prominent example of governmental waste a...
  • FDA's Travel Budget Could be Cut Dramatically Under New Order

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may well see its ability to travel to meetings and conduct conferences restricted as the result of a clown. An emerging scandal involving the US General Services Administration (GSA)-the body ostensibly responsible for overseeing federal spending-and a conference at which the agency purchased the services of a mind reader and a clown has other agencies scrambling to review their budgets and cut travel costs, reports The Washin...
  • Report: Obama Budget Unlikely to Contain Funds for FDA White Oak Campus

    Reporting by the Federal Times on 10 February indicates that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is unlikely to see new funds for their White Oak, MD consolidated campus project during fiscal year 2013. Sens. Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Donna Edwards (D-MD) in writing a letter to President Obama on 31 January to call for the restoration of the funds. "We understand that the FY 2013 ...