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A Call From Downtown to Shed Staff, Authority

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Science  09 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5621, pp. 877-879
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5621.877a

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A renewed push by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to streamline staff and operations is stirring concern at the $27 billion National Institutes of Health (NIH). Some NIH alumni and current staff members say they are worried that intramural research will get mired in paperwork if HHS centralizes authority, as the memo implies.