The Paperwork Threat

Increasing bureaucratic obligations chip away at researchers' time to do research.

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Also very true for USDA

Also very true for USDA scientists. In my opinion, our burden of bureaucratic duties has been steadily increasing over the past 5 to 8 years. Some of this has been because administrative positions have been consolidated and the focus at ARS (within USDA) has been on scietific research (ie, preseve the scientific programs). Still, Dr. Caplan is right when stating the time away from thinking about science is a real distraction.