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Regional e-Notes: October Letter from the Director

Oct 31, 2017

Aloha and Happy Halloween,

As revelers celebrate the spooky traditions of this holiday, my thoughts are on something much more frightening: wasted government spending!

Federal spending is intended to provide the ‘raw materials’ to build solutions to our societal problems; it is up to the ‘builders’ in charge of each program and project to create something meaningful. I am disheartened when I see hard-earned tax dollars spent on unnecessary resources and expensive high-tech equipment with little to no return on the investment. In contrast, I am thrilled when I see researchers, projects, and programs maximize small funding to create significant impacts through innovative and cost-effective problem solving. 

Though we are constantly striving for improvement, CTSA prides itself on being mindful with the federal funds we administer. We employ diligent project monitoring and development processes to ensure that your tax dollars are maximized through program spending. To uphold this standard, we rely on our Industry Advisory and Technical Committees, as well as external reviewers, who provide thoughtful insights into each proposal submitted for funding consideration.

I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm thank you to those colleagues who reviewed the CTSA proposals this year. Their comments will be an important part of the discussion at our upcoming adhoc meeting, where committee members will thoroughly review each full proposal submitted for FY17 consideration and make revision suggestions. Our goal for this meeting each year is to develop the most complete and effective Plan of Work to present to our Board of Directors at their meeting in January; succeeding in this goal will ensure that we do our part to avoid wasted government spending in our region.


Cheng-Sheng Lee, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CTSA