of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA), the diverse coalition of
organizations that advocates annually for increased funding for VA
research, is planning its FY 2011 effort. The Executive Committee, of
which NAVREF is a member, would appreciate your assistance on two items:
Please provide specific examples of research facility problems –
wet lab, dry lab, animal lab, administrative space - at your VA medical
center. In past years, anecdotes about having to run experiments in the
middle of the night because air conditioning was so inadequate that
Petri dishes melted during the day, and ventilation systems that drew
loading dock fumes into research space, were compelling justification
for increases in the annual VA minor and major construction
appropriations accounts. We hope problems described the last time we
asked for examples have been resolved, and we are in need of current
Please provide specific examples of how VA’s IT security
requirements may be impeding research. We understand and agree that IT
security is vitally important; we are looking for problems the
requirements cause and if possible, solutions that maintain security
while allowing research and research collaborations to continue.
a few minutes to respond by close of business on Wednesday, October 21.
Recipients of this email who are not VA research employees are
encouraged to consult with their VA colleagues for examples to share.
and have a good weekend.
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