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Co-Chaired by AVPs Laura McCabe and Twila Reighley, the Aligning MSU Outside Activities Policies with Federal Disclosure and Related Requirements (APFDR) workgroup, is tasked with aligning the federal requirements related to Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest, and the related disclosures, with MSU’s Financial Conflict of Interest, Outside Work for Pay and Dual Appointment policies. The group will further explore the recommendations of the Provost’s Working Group on Best Practices for Risk Management Involving Faculty Activities, especially as they overlap with federal expectations around Conflict of Commitment and Conflict of Interest. It is anticipated that the APFDR Workgroup will review the requirements, obtain input from a representative group of individuals outside the workgroup, and recommend policies and/or practices or strategies that will align with federal requirements.  For more information, please see this memo from Provost Teresa Woodruff and VPR Doug Gage.

Current Members:

  • Laura McCabe, Office of Research Regulatory Support
  • Twila Reighley, Sponsored Programs Administration
  • Ann Austin, Office for Faculty & Academic Staff Affairs
  • Emily Bouck, College of Education, Council of Research Deans (CORD)
  • Katie Cook, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Anne DiSante, MSU Innovation Center
  • Brent Donnellan, Department of Psychology, College of Social Science
  • Laura Johnston, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Lynn Kriser, Office of the General Counsel
  • Evonne Pedawi, Contract and Grant Administration
  • Jessica Swartz, Office of Research Regulatory Support
  • Kristy Smith, Contract and Grant Administration
  • Marilyn Tarrant, Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance
  • Neera Tewari-Singh, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Thomas Voice, College of Engineering
  • Kara Yermak, Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs


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