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Reducing Regulatory Burden

Executive Orders and Memoranda

Since January 20, 2017, the President has issued several executive orders and memoranda. He has also taken significant action on reducing regulatory burden and controlling regulatory costs.

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Evidenced-Based Policymaking

In the last few years, the number of new and proposed regulations and policies have increased dramatically, placing significant stress on researchers and academic institutions. In 2016, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine ("the Academies") and the Government Accountability Office, (GAO) published reports identifying a need for federal agencies to harmonize regulations, reduce workload and costs, and consider evidence-based regulatory approaches. Both reports cite AAMC’s Conflict of Interest (COI) Metrics Project as an example of an existing effort to quantify the impact and burden of research regulations on academic institutions.

Adding to the efforts of the Academies and GAO, on March 30, 2016, a 15 member Commission on Evidence Based-Policymaking was created by the bipartisan Evidence-Based Commission Act of 2016 (H.R. 1831).The Commission is charged with examining ways to increase the use and availability of evidence to inform policy and regulatory decisions as well as how to best incorporate evaluation in program design.

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21st Century Cures Act and Regulatory Burden

The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 13, 2016 and provides significant funding for research initiatives at the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration to aid the acceleration of safe and effective new drugs and devices and enhance state opioid response. The Act also implements many of the recommendations in Part 1 of the Academies' report, Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research, such as the creation of a research policy board (Section 2034(f)) tasked with making recommendations on modifying and harmonizing policies and regulations across research funding agencies to reduce administrative burden.

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