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Statement from ANS on Coburn-Heitkamp substitute to S. 1347, Conference Accountability Act of 2013

Erik Rancatore|

The American Nuclear Society express our opposition to the Coburn-Heitkamp substitute to S. 1347, Conference Accountability Act of 2013, which would require costly reporting requirements for federal employee conference expenses. 

As stated in addition to other many prominent scientific and engineering organizations, we are concerned that overly bureaucratic restrictions on the ability of federal and contractor scientists and engineers to participate in scientific technical conferences will diminish scientific collaboration and innovation. 

In the nuclear technology area, the current Office of Management and Budget restrictions have already begun to chill the scientific exchange so important to sustaining strong and adaptive programs and policies in reactor safety, nonproliferation, safeguards and security, stockpile stewardship, and waste disposal. 

 

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