NAVREF BRIEF UPDATES - August 28, 2001
TO: NAVREF Members
FROM: Barbara West, Executive Director
VA-HUD Conference Expected
Technology Transfer Correspondence on VA Web Site
Representative Named for NAVREF Board
Required to Access Membership List
10th Annual Conference
Fall Seminar Registration
Bulletin Board – Good Questions!
conversations this week and last, staff of members of the House and Senate
Appropriations Subcommittees on VA-HUD and Independent Agencies indicated that
the FY 2002 VA-HUD spending bill may be among the earliest of the thirteen
appropriations bills to be taken up for conference. The VA-HUD bill is
perceived as being less controversial than many of the others so legislators are
inclined to move it quickly. Even though this could change when Congress
returns after Labor Day, NAVREF members and VA researchers are encouraged not to
delay sending letters urging FY 2002 funding for VA research at $390 million as
requested in the NAVREF alert sent on August 17 (http://www.navref.org/advocacy/main_alert_081601.htm).
All letters should reach congressional offices by September 7.
ideas to help:
Designate a day when an
NPC computer and staff member will be available to assist investigators in
writing their letters
before and after their VA tour of duty. Start with the sample letters
http://www.navref.org/advocacy/main_alert_081601.htm, and invite PIs
to drop in and personalize them. The staff member can finalize the letters
and prepare them for signing and mailing.
Sponsor a facility sign on
letter if investigators appear disinclined to send individual letters.
Take the sample letters posted on the NAVREF web site at
http://www.navref.org/advocacy/main_alert_081601.htm and turn them
into organizational letters using NPC letterhead. Add details about the
research program at your VAMC. Then invite investigators and other research
personnel (NPC and VA) to sign the letters during their non-VA duty hours.
You should end up with at least three letters – one to each senator and one to
your district representative as well as one to any other representative from
your state who serves on the VA-HUD appropriations subcommittee. See lists at
the end of this email for members of the subcommittees.
Enclose with your letters
details about your facility’s needs for research laboratory repair, renovation
Although the House approved the Facilities Rehabilitation Fund, Senate support
is shaky at best. We need to bolster House support and persuade Senate
appropriators to support this new line item which provides $30 million
specifically for research facilities.
Beginning on October 1, 2001, some NPC employees who have a WOC appointment and
are directly involved in research will be required to complete a VA-WOC
Appointee Intellectual Property Agreement. VA's Office of Technology Transfer
plans to issue implementing guidance shortly. In the meantime, background
information about VA's Technology Transfer Program is posted at
Recent ORD correspondence with the Council on Government Relations (COGR) that
references the agreement and clarifies the VA position on technology transfer
can be accessed by clicking on the Technology Transfer Issues button or by going
Stripling, Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Director for Research, Education and
Practice Guidelines, has been appointed as a Class B (non-voting) member of the
NAVREF board of directors. Mr. Stripling has over twenty years experience
designing research surveys, preparing proposals on health care issues and
managing contracts for health and technology research. His PVA responsibilities
encompass managing PVA’s research and education foundations. He has been a PVA
Senior Health Policy Analyst since 1994 and has broad experience in veterans’
the same time as NAVREF welcomes Mr. Stripling, we will miss Andrea Censky
Dietrich who has served as the PVA representative for a number of years,
first in an acting capacity and more recently as the designated PVA
representative on the NAVREF board. Ms. Dietrich recently resigned from both
the NAVREF board and PVA to spend more time with her growing family. As the PVA
Associate Director for Research and Education and a nurse in the Navy reserves,
Ms. Dietrich was generous in contributing both her time and expertise to lively
board discussions during her tenure. NAVREF values highly its longstanding
relationship with PVA, the veterans service organization most committed to VA
research, and we sincerely appreciate PVA’s continuing to designate highly
qualified representatives to serve on the NAVREF board.
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Co-Chairs Bob Guancial, executive director of the Buffalo Institute for Medical
Research, and Theresa Azevedo, executive director of the East Bay Institute for
Research and Education (Martinez and Sacramento), are beginning to work with
NAVREF executive director Barbara West to plan NAVREF’s 10th Annual Conference.
Suggestions for program topics are welcome. Please send your ideas to
firstname.lastname@example.org by September 14.
Packages containing registration materials for the NAVREF 2001 Fall Seminar on
Understanding, Calculating and Negotiating a Federal Indirect Cost Rate were
mailed to NAVREF members on August 20. If you do not receive yours in a timely
fashion, please contact the NAVREF office or go to the NAVREF web site at
logistical information and a registration form.
Questions! Posted on the NAVREF bulletin board are interesting questions and
helpful responses regarding such diverse matters as fee-for-service study
brokers; laddered CD accounts; cell phones for PIs; etc. Some good questions
are still awaiting responses. Please take a few minutes to check the bulletin
board regularly and to share your insights and policies with your colleagues!
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Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies
- Richard Shelby
Idaho - Larry Craig
Iowa - Tom Harkin
Maryland - Barbara Mikulski, Chairman
Missouri - Christopher “Kit” Bond, Ranking Minority Member
Montana - Conrad Burns
New Mexico - Pete V. Domenici
Ohio - Mike DeWine
South Carolina – Ernest Hollings
South Dakota - Tim Johnson
Vermont - Patrick Leahy
West Virginia - Robert Byrd
Wisconsin - Herb Kohl
Subcommittee on VA, HUD and Independent Agencies
- Robert “Bud” Cramer
Alabama - Robert Alderholt
Florida - Carrie Meek
Kentucky - Anne Meagher Northup
Michigan - Joe Knollenberg
New Hampshire - John Sununu
New Jersey - Rodney Frelinghuysen
New York - James Walsh, Chairman
North Carolina - David Price
Ohio - Marcy Kaptur
Ohio - David Hobson
Pennsylvania - Chaka Fattah
Texas - Tom DeLay
Virginia - Virgil H. Goode, Jr.
West Virginia - Alan Mollohan, Ranking Minority Member
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