OMB Releases Recovery Act Implementation Guidance to Federal Agencies

Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director, has issued guidance (see link below) to federal agency heads on how to implement use of funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The linked memorandum provides the first installment of government-wide guidance for carrying out programs and activities enacted in the legislation. As was… Read More


NIH Outlines Spending Plan for $10.4 Billion of Economic Recovery Package Funding

Today in a briefing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington provided an outline of the plan his agency will utilize to spend the $10.4 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. However, Dr. Kington mentioned many times during the briefing that the details… Read More


AAU Details Higher Education and Research Provisions of Economic Recovery Package

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has prepared a grid (link below) that details the final higher education and research provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grid breaks funding out by agency account, and also provides a comparison of the House and Senate bills that led to the final conference agreement. As has been… Read More


President Signs Economic Recovery Package as Agencies Prepare

Today, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As previously discussed on this site, the legislation provides critical funding for research and student aid. Additionally, assistance is included for state governments so that they are able to lessen the severity of cuts to education and other critical services. At present, the… Read More


Brookings Institution Releases Energy R&D Proposal

Last week, the Brookings Institution released a proposal to establish a network of regional energy discovery and innovation institutes (e-DIIs). According to the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the e-DIIs would support the overarching goals of renewing America’s economy, promoting energy independence, and addressing climate change. Cities that are currently leaders in innovation, like Seattle, would… Read More


Senator Cantwell Picked to Head Energy Subcommittee

The scope of the subcommittee includes such issues as climate change and renewable energy. Senator Cantwell intends to focus much of the subcommittee’s efforts on advancing clean energy initiatives. According to a news release from the Senator’s office, “Renewable energy, smart grid technologies, research at national labs, energy market regulation and nuclear waste cleanup are… Read More


Economic Recovery Package Finalized

House and Senate negotiators have finalized an economic recovery package conference report, which passed the House on a largely party-line vote Friday afternoon and will pass the Senate in the late evening. The $787 billion package includes significant funding for research and student aid, but does not provide resources desired specifically for higher education infrastructure… Read More


Speaker Pelosi Releases Fact Sheet on Economic Recovery Package Conference Report

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the fact sheet below on the economic recovery package conference report that is being prepared for a final vote in the House and Senate. The information below should be treated as preliminary. We will provide additional information as it becomes available. The conference report on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… Read More


House and Senate Reach Agreement on Recovery Package

House and Senate negotiatiors, in collaboration with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, worked throughout Tuesday night and well into Wednesday to reach an agreement on a $789 billion economic recovery package. The proposed bill is less than the figures that emerged from the House and… Read More


Office of Federal Relations Launches New Website and Blog

The Office of Federal Relations (OFR) is pleased to present a new website and blog, which will help increase the level of connectedness between campus and Washington, DC. The new website features links that will enable you to  navigate the higher education associations, review background information on the legislative process, obtain current legislative information and… Read More