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NIH Wins an Exemption From HHS Peer-Review Overhaul

Science  17 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5533, pp. 1234
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5533.1234a

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A memo from their political bosses at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on ways to streamline peer review has triggered an immediate response from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Within days, an HHS manager explained that the memo was aimed at other parts of HHS's empire and that NIH's scientific programs were not a candidate for such reforms. Although the memo is still under discussion, the flap points to NIH's strength within the bureaucracy.