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Sample of weekly headlines (from 6/20/13)

HHS OIG Auditors Request University of Colorado Denver Repay $1.4 Million; University Opposes Some Findings

NSF Issues Draft PAPPG for 2014

NIH Announces Winners of NCATS Pilot to Reuse Compounds

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FCOI Reg Means Big Changes, Even For Those With Strong Policies in Place
(October 2011)

The final financial conflict of interest regulation HHS and NIH released in late August might have had some researchers and compliance officials cheering because a proposed requirement for a public database listing FCOIs for investigators with Public Health Service funding was dropped, but other provisions — when understood — may dampen the glee.

The regulation, published in the Aug. 25 Federal Register, caps a multiyear process and applies to institutions and investigators. As a final rule, it does not provide for a formal process for comments and agency responses.

However, as colleges, universities and research organizations discover problems with implementation or require clarification, they may want to contact NIH with their concerns....

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HHS OIG Probes 'Salary Draws,' Genetic Research, Cost Sharing
(November 2011)

A pair of married professors indicted for “double dipping” at two universities has spurred the HHS Office of Inspector General to conduct audits to determine if a situation similar to what is alleged could occur elsewhere. OIG’s new work plan also reveals the agency’s intention to conduct audits into how universities calculate cost sharing.

Another new item on OIG’s to-do list for this fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, is an evaluation of “the extent to which NIH grantees conducting genetic research comply with regulations and guidance on informed consent procedures.” OIG can investigate both the agencies within HHS as well as grantees of Public Health Service funding.

The work plan also notes expected completion dates, and identifies the office to which the work has been assigned, such as the Office of Audit Services, Office of Evaluations and Inspections, or Office of Investigations. Work conducted by the evaluations staff may produce more general findings. In contrast, audits may result in actions against those being audited, such as repayment or a corrective action plan....

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