Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) asked the Government Accountability Office to examine the use of $10 billion in stimulus funds received by the National Institutes of Health. Last year, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee heard testimony from witnesses who talked of the value of investing in biomedical research. Following passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, NIH officials stated that grant awards would target research “of the highest quality that will impact both economic growth and human health,” Barton, ranking member of the committee, wrote in a letter to Gene Dodaro, the GAO’s acting comptroller general. To ensure these goals are met, “we would like information on the process and criteria used for awarding grants that were made available through ARRA monies and the extent to which these may have varied from the process and criteria typically used by NIH to award grants,” Barton wrote. Barton also said he was interested in grantees’ estimates of the number of jobs created or maintained through grant awards funded with stimulus law money.
Late News: Barton asks GAO to look into NIH stimulus funds
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