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Reducing Regulatory Burden

While federal regulations and reporting requirements are mostly well intentioned, research universities are among the most regulated entities in the country and often must comply with regulations that are not sensible or scaled to risk.  The AAU works with the federal government to harmonize, streamline, and when possible eliminate unnecessary regulations and reporting requirements to maximize federal investments in research while still ensuring public accountability.  AAU also helps its member universities to review their existing institutional policies and procedures to ensure that they are not adding unnecessary and costly requirements on themselves.


AAU joined more than 200 organizations in sending a letter urging state governors across the United States to maintain and expand licensure and telehealth flexibilities for the duration of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency.
AAU joined CUPA-HR-led comments in response to the Labor Department’s proposed overtime rule, which formally rescinds the Department’s 2016 rule. The rule, published in March 2019, would increase the annual salary threshold that determines which employees qualify for overtime pay from $455 to $679 per week (equivalent to $35,308 per year).
AAU urges Congress and the Administration to harmonize, streamline, and eliminate unnecessary, duplicative regulations and reporting requirements.
AAU sent Trump's transition team a comprehensive set of policy recommendations aimed at helping the nation sustain its preeminence in research, innovation, and higher education.
AAU and COGR today issued a statement of support for draft legislation issued by Representative Lipinski to reduce the burden of federal regulation on research.
This letter is in response to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) January 26, 2016 Request for Information (RFI), asking for comments on regulations that should be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to increase flexibility and reduce burden. 
Re: Retrospective Review: Identifying and Reducing Regulatory Burdens; 81 FR 4213
In the US, ketamine is currently a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act, and strict regulations and safeguards are already in place to prevent its illegal use.
On behalf of the Association of American Universities (AAU), I would like to thank you for the opportunity to provide comments to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act.
Comments are on NPRM regarding teacher preparation published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2014.