SRS should begin serious coordination with OMB, most likely through the Office of Science and Technology Policy, to initiate a process that will lead to additional data items being incorporated into the administrative databases. Taking into account lessons learned in the development of the National Institutes of Health’s comprehensive database system (the Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization system), SRS has the opportunity to promulgate similar comprehensive systems in other agencies—systems that incorporate taxonomic elements and permit cross-walks between programs, projects, and fields.



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