House Subcommittee Hearing on Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders

On May 20, the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-FL), held a hearing entitled “Examining the Federal Response to Autism Spectrum Disorders.”  The hearing focused largely on the report of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found many of the research programs funded by the Combating Autism Act had the potential for duplication. Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, strongly defended the research programs, arguing that no actual duplication was found and that duplication should be encouraged in scientific research to validate results.   Tor read the testimony and see the archived webcast at the Committee website.

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