Reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act Introduced in the House

On May 9, the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631) was introduced by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ).   The bill largely extends the research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities under the Combating Autism Act for an additional 5 years. It does, however, include a few changes. The bill reforms the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) to promote greater coordination among federal agencies. The bill also requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review the existing landscape of services (federal, state, local government, and the private and non-profit sectors), conduct a survey of stakeholders, and make recommendations to enhance coordination, efficiency, and the value of the services currently provided to assist individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Unfortunately, this bill does not include a name change. Learn more about the Combating Autism Act on The Arc’s website.

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