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AAMC Opposes Effort to Limit Federal Participation in Meetings

November 30, 2012—The AAMC Nov. 29 urged  Congress to reject any final postal reform legislation that includes an amendment that would severely restrict government employees from attending meetings and conferences sponsored by educational organizations such as AAMC, medical and scientific societies, and other nonprofits. The amendment (SA 2060) was included in the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012 (S. 1789) passed by the Senate last April.

The letter to congressional leaders warns that “allowing SA 2060 to be included in any final [postal reform] bill would have long-term repercussions for the ability of the AAMC and its members to interact and exchange information with the federal government.”

The letter states, “Although SA 2060 is intended to improve accountability and financial reporting for government-sponsored meetings, the amendment… has unintentionally broad application to non-governmental meetings as well. If SA 2060 were passed without modifications as part of postal reform, it would prove highly problematic for agency employees seeking education at professional meetings and for associations and other organizations that invite government workers to make presentations or learn about new developments and trends in their professional area.”

Noting that AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals conduct more than half of the extramural research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the letter emphasizes, “The discussions with NIH staff that take place at AAMC-sponsored meetings of deans, hospital CEOs, research deans, faculty, and AAMC staff foster the partnership between NIH and academic medicine that is an essential driver of the nation's medical research effort.”


Dave Moore
Senior Director, Government Relations
Telephone: 202-828-0559


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