Last month, we noted the DATA Act making its way through Congress and its impact on Research Administration. On April 25, 2012, the House passed the Act via voice vote, and we now must wait to see how it is handled in the other Congressional chamber. The Senate version of the bill currently resides in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, and, once it is approved there, it will move to the floor for a full vote, with passage likely.
Seeing as that virtually any recipient of federal funds will be subject to the various reporting requirements (including subrecipients of a federal Prime), the DATA Act will have seismic repercussions on how Universities and similar research facilities go about their work. Needless to say, the Research Admin community is awaiting final disposition of the Act with a sense of dread given the expenditures (both financial and otherwise) that will be required to comply with all of the new obligations.