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WASHINGTON — A trio of congressional Republicans wants to know why a committee tasked with oversight of the National Institutes of Health hasn’t met since 2015.

In a letter sent Thursday, the lawmakers pressed NIH leadership for answers about the mysterious disappearance of the Scientific Management Review Board, a committee that Congress empaneled in 2006 to ensure the agency was operating efficiently.


The scrutiny follows a recent STAT report about the committee disbanding, and broader questions about the agency’s future following the 2021 departure of longtime director Francis Collins.

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