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Where are the financial statements for the National Institutes of Health?

July 28, 2021

U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky) recently sent a criminal referral to the Department of Justice regarding Congressional testimony of Anthony Fauci relating to possible funding of “gain-of-function” research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an institute in China.

The dispute prompted me to look for NIH’s financial statements. 

The NIH website has a “Budget” section with a summary sentence that “The NIH invests about $41.7* billion annually in medical research for the American people.” There isn’t an audited annual financial report at their website, but they do provide a summary “Financial Management Report” here

The latest annual Financial Report of the U.S. Government for 2020 (released in March 2021) does not include a reference to the National Institutes of Health or NIH. But from 2015 to 2019, the NIH did appear in the annual US government financial report, described briefly (albeit without financials) as an entity within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

It may be curious that the NIH stopped appearing in the latest annual report for the US government, covering the year with the onset of the pandemic.



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