CMOR continues to meet with Congressmen, state legislators, legislative staff, and various policy movers and shakers, taking full advantage of the proximity of our Government Affairs office to Capitol Hill to “Shield the Profession”.

CMOR defending physician incentives to participate in market research
CMOR took Qualitative Subcommittee volunteer Rick Seale of Shugoll Research, to meet with the DC City Council’s Committee on Health about incentives for market research with physicians.

CMOR also discussed the issue with staff from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Senate Finance Committee. The Committee is crafting legislation that may preempt state laws requiring such incentives to be publicly reported when the funding originates from pharmaceutical or medical device or supply manufacturers – eliminating a major threat to research.

CMOR meets with Florida Representative
CMOR met with Florida Representative Juan Zapata (R), District 119, on his visit to the DC area. We introduced CMOR and legislative issues impacting the survey and opinion research profession.

2008 Legislative Agenda
CMOR staff joined a meeting featuring Reps. Tom Price (R-GA), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Scott Garett (R-NJ) to discuss the legislative agenda for the remainder of 2008, including tax and spending bills, funding for the 2010 Census, telecommunications reform, and healthcare information technology.

CMOR Around the Hill
CMOR attended numerous hearings and events, such as:

  • Senate Commerce Committee hearings on spyware and online behavioral tracking;
  • a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on laptop data privacy at the U.S. border;
  • a House Energy & Commerce Committee hearing on Universal Service; and
  • a forum on Technology and Privacy in the Digital Age.