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The budget for fiscal year 2020 includes increases for each of the NIH's institutes and centers, as well as the FDA and the NSF.

NSF Nominee Announced

Sethuraman Panchanathan from Arizona State University is to be the nominee to be the next director of the National Science Foundation.

According to E&E News, the Trump Administration is weighing an executive order to require federally funded research to be freely available upon publication.

Seven individuals have been named to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, ScienceInsider reports.

With a Sharpie

A new report examines increased threats to scientific independence in the US, the Guardian reports.

The Trump Administration plans to add DNA samples from individuals in immigration custody to the FBI crime database, the New York Times reports.

Up in the Air

Nature News reports that Congress needs to move quickly to pass spending bills before the fiscal year ends to fund science agencies.

Congressional lawmakers and Trump Administration officials have reached an agreement on a two-year budget deal.

Two Democratic lawmakers argue at USA Today that independent science is under attack by the Trump Administration.

By a Third

The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

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Public health experts call for a transparent COVID-19 vaccine approval process in a letter; the Food and Drug Administration commissioner assures science-based approval.

The Verge reports that new gene-naming guidelines aim in part to avoid Excel-related name change confusion.

In Nature this week: tuatara genome sequence aids in understanding amniote evolution, and more.

According to the Guardian, UK virologists say in a letter to officials that their expertise has been pushed aside in COVID-19 response plans.