November 3, 2000 - Proposed Changes to the Animal Welfare Act The ASM submitted comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on a proposed rule to clarify the definitions of the pain and distress of animals used in research, testing, and teaching. The proposed changes would take effect under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).
September 6, 2000 - Department of Energy Appropriations The ASM sent letters to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees on Water and Energy urging them to fund the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science at the level of $3.1 billion. The letter includes a fact sheet highlighting the DOE's contributions to basic science.
August 15, 2000 - CLIA Waived Tests The ASM provided comments to the Food and Drug Administration, which is in the process of reviewing the criteria used to determine whether specific laboratory tests are waived from certain requirements under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).
August 9, 2000 - National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Ground Water The ASM submitted comments on the proposed rule National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Ground Water rule, under the direction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA is proposing to require a targeted risk-based regulatory strategy for all ground water systems. The proposed requirements provide a meaningful opportunity to reduce public health risk associated with the consumption of waterborne pathogens.
June 7, 2000 - National Organic Program The ASM submitted written comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Organic Program, under the direction of the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
April 10, 2000 - Promoting Research Integrity at the American Society for Microbiology Julius Youngner, Chair of the ASM's Public and Scientific Affairs Board's Committee on Ethics, presented remarks at a conference convened by the Office of Research and Integrity in the Department of Health and Human Services and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) on the "Role and Activities of Scientific Societies in Promoting Research Integrity."
January 13, 2000 - NRC Research Doctorate Study The ASM sent a letter to Dr. James Voytuk of the Office of Science and Engineering Personnel at the National Research Council (NRC) urging the NRC to include the microbiological sciences as a separate discipline when the NRC conducts the research-doctorate study.