Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Stem Cell Grant Applicants Identities and Secrecy

The California stem cell agency today took issue with a statement in an item yesterday that said the agency withheld the names of grant applicants prior to action on their applications by the agency’s governing board to avoid embarrassing the researchers.

The agency said that the reason was to avoid identifying applicants to members of the governing board prior to its vote on the applications.

The agency’s official practice of withholding the identities of institutions and individuals seeking public funds has a long history.  The agency itself has breached the policy on more than one occasion.  While it also does not officially release the names of applicants denied approval, that practice is also breached when appeals are filed.

Interested readers can find a short discussion of the policy and links to additional material at the end of this item. 

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