Public Policy Page Contents
- PSAB Documents (Statements, Reports, Testimony and Monthly Newsletters)
- Research and Development Funding for FY 2015
- Contact Congress (Legislative Action Center)
- Clinical Microbiology Resources
- Public and Scientific Affairs Board Information
- Federal and State Government Links
- Congressional Science Fellowship
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- Sentinel Level Clinical Laboratory Protocols For Suspected Biological Threat Agents And Emerging Infectious Diseases
- Committee on the Status of Women in Microbiology
- Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities
Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB)
Underlying the ASM's dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge is its commitment that science serve the public interest. To address scientific matters affecting the public interest, the ASM created the Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) in 1979. The PSAB monitors legislation and regulation and develops positions for the Society on public policy issues. The PSAB encourages the adoption of sound policies affecting science and technology and the discipline of microbiology. The PSAB responds to policy makers who may request or require an understanding of research and technology in microbiology. It also communicates microbiological issues to the public.
What's New in Public Policy?
The December issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.
The October/November issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.
October 27, 2014 - ASM Testifies Before the Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel on Issues Related to Biosafety and Biosecurity Ronald Atlas, Ph.D., Chair of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board testified before the Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel.
The ASM sent a letter to members of Congress supporting passage of an FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill to provide sustained and predictable federal funding for life science research and public health programs.
The ASM sent a letter to members of Congress supporting the Administration's $6.18 billion emergency funding request to combat the Ebola Virus outbreak.
The October issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.
October 29, 2014 - ASM Statement on CDC Interim Guidance on Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Suspected Ebola Contact
The ASM issued a statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention new Interim Guidance on Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Suspected Ebola Contact.
October 28, 2014 - White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Challenge to Develop Ebola Tools
The ASM sent a message to members about a White House Office of Science and Technology Policy program that solicits the global community to share innovative ideas that deliver practical and cost-effective innovations to address this crisis, to improve delivery of care, and stem the spread of Ebola virus disease.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that the U.S. government will undertake a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses in order to develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research.
The ASM submitted comments on the strategic plan of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.