House OKs Compromise on Panel Meetings

Science  14 Nov 1997:
Vol. 278, Issue 5341, pp. 1219
DOI: 10.1126/science.278.5341.1219a

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In a sudden late-night action, the House voted this week to exempt the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) from strict rules governing federal advisory panels. Academy leaders say the rules would have seriously damaged the NAS's independent role in advising the government. But the bill, passed on 10 November, also would require the academy's operating arm--the National Research Council--to allow public comment on the choice of NRC committee members and to provide summaries of all meetings.