Federal News Roundup
The Education Department last week announced that research publications would be exempt from review by the in-house committee that must clear virtually all of the department's publications, as part of a reform of that panel.
The committee was charged by researchers with censorship this year for blocking many of the publications of department-funded education laboratories.
Undersecretary of Education Gary L. Bauer denied the charge but subsequently reversed the publication bans and announced the intended reform of the committee.
The review system was established in 1982, following a White House order that agencies cut publication costs.
In addition to the exemption of research studies, the reforms4change the name of the panel from the Publication and Audiovisual Advisory Council to the Publications Review Board and cut the membership from five political appointees to three. Staff support will be increased and applications for review will be staggered to ease the workload.
To increase efficiency, the board will scrutinize publication efforts more closely when a grant or contract award is made, rather than when the work is completed and ready to be published, according to the Education Department announcement.