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Despite banking billions of dollars, U.S. research labs break federal law, may invalidate critical research, says watchdog organization

Sunday, April 17, 2005

BETHESDA – The largest U.S. research laboratories receive billions of dollars in federal funding – but yet break the most federal laws in the spending of it, according to an independent taxpayer audit to be released by a national watchdog organization here Monday at a news conference.

The advocacy group will hold the news briefing MONDAY (April 18) at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 9000 Rockville Pike to release a “White Paper” documenting the findings of the audit.

The audit will list the names of the “Top 50" U.S. research facilities which receive the most research dollars, and reveal that the research results are tainted with redundant and wasteful taxpayer-funded projects, and violations of federal law which can often invalidate the research itself.

"It's shocking that labs across the nation which receive billions in federal tax dollars are allowed to continually break federal law with impunity,” said Michael Budkie, who will preside over the news conference. Budkie is the research director with SAEN, a Cincinnati-based non-profit.

“Our studies indicate that these research facilities can’t even keep the cages clean, and that they continually break the law, despite billions in U.S. tax dollars,” said Budkie, whose report will list the major law breakers in the U.S.

Full results of the study will be released at the news briefing Monday.


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