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Of the years that we have been close to the Washington scene, fiscal year 1973-1974 has been one of the most confusing from the point of view of the National Eye Institute appropriations. It also has been one of the years of greatest success of the research community effort to increase the appropriations for research.
Many of us read in the newspapers of the court order to release the impounded research and training funds on Oct 26, 1973. In addition, the Congressional appropriation bill was signed by the President on Dec 18, 1973. However, the first efforts to get these additional funds to the community did not occur until Feb 5, 1974. Why this prolonged delay when the need for additional research support was so great?
As nearly as we can put things together, this is what happened: The impounded funds released to support research grants as well as research
Maumenee AE. Fiscal Fumbling and Budgetary Bumbling. Arch Ophthalmol. 1974;92(1):1. doi:10.1001/archopht.1974.01010010005001