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Agency-Specific Information

Department of Defense

On 20 March 2019, Michael D. Griffin, Under Secretary of Defense (Memo on Actions protecting Intellectual Property, Controlled information, Key Personnel, and Critical Technologies) directed changes in DoD Notices of Funding Opportunities, to take effect in 30 business days from the date the memo was issued. Funding Opportunities supported by grants, cooperative agreements, Technology Investment Agreements, and other non-procurement transactions will require submission of information for all key personnel working on an activity, regardless of whether the individual's efforts are funded by the DoD. The information required is outlined in the memo and mirrors that required by NIH and DOE.

Department of Energy

On 07 June 7 2019, the Department of Energy issued a Directive mandating that federal and contractor personnel fully disclose and, as necessary, terminate affiliations with foreign government-supported talent recruitment programs.

National Institutes of Health

On 10 July 2019, the National Institutes of Health issued a Notice (NOT-OD-19-114) reminding investigators that anyone who applies for or receives NIH support must disclose all resources, positions, and scientific appointments. The Notice contains the full guidance. On 11 July 2019, the NIH blog Open Mike provided the synopsis (emphasis added):

So, do you need to report those other NIH grants you have? Yes. What about a contract from another federal agency? Yes. Grants or contracts that go through another institution, including institutions in foreign countries? Yes. Commercial funds? Yes. Domestic or international positions held by senior/key personnel? Yes. In kind lab or office space? Yes. Scientific materials? Yes. Even if it has no monetary value? Yes. Affiliations (even if described as honorary or adjunct) with foreign entities or governments, including talents programs? Yes.

National Science Foundation

On 11 July 2019, the National Science Foundation issued a Dear Colleague Letter on "Research Protection", emphasizing that maintenance of a diverse research community and robust international collaborations requires "[a] renewed effort ... to ensure that existing requirements to disclose current and pending support information are known, understood, and followed."

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

USDA Non Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

More information at: https://www.ascr.usda.gov/sites/default/files/JFA_475_A-blue7_25_19_508version.pdf

This flyer is posted in all buildings with USDA-FAS funding, including the Chemistry Building, Biology Building and the Animal Food Sciences Building

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