NSF Provides Details on Recovery Act Spending Plans

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released details on how it will spend funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Key points of the NSF plan include the following: NSF will use a large share of its ARRA funding to address the backlog of existing proposals.  The notice states, “With the… Read More


NOAA and OSTP Heads Confirmed by Senate, Agency Developing Spending Plans

On March 19th, the Senate confirmed John Holdren as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Jane Lubchenco as Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Both nominations had been placed on hold. Some senators attempted to bring about changes in unrelated legislative issues by blocking the… Read More


The Week at a Glance: March 23-27, 2009

March 23-27 — Senate is expected to debate and vote on national service legislation (HR 1388). March 25 — House and Senate Budget committees are likely to mark up their respective versions of a fiscal 2010 budget resolution. March 25-26 — House is expected to debate and clear public lands legislation (HR 146). In the… Read More


House Science Committee Holds Oversight Hearing on Recovery Act Funding

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) has prepared the following summary of the March 19th House Science Committee Hearing on the use of funding for science provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. NASULGC Summary The House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight held a hearing on Thursday,… Read More


NIH to Air Videocast on ARRA/Recovery Act Construction Programs

The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, will hold a videocast on Monday, March 23, 2009, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT, to respond to questions about the application process for core facilities improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-007) and construction, renovation and repair improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-008). This session will replace the previously… Read More


Roll Call Releases State Delegation Rankings

The Roll Call newspaper, which is popular among DC politicos, recently released a ranking of the clout that the various state delegations hold in the 111th Congress. In determining the rankings, Roll Call staff assign points to each state based on several factors, including: size of the delegation number of full committee chairmen and ranking… Read More


University Representatives on Capitol Hill

The beginning of the annual federal appropriations process is a popular time for association and university staff to visit Senators and Representatives to impress upon them the value that research and learning is adding to their particular fields.  The University of Washington is no exception.  The support of Members of Congress is necessary to ensure… Read More


AAU and COGR Seek Grants.gov Overhaul

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Council on Government Relations (COGR) recently sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Directer Peter Orszag on the need to overhaul the Grants.gov system. AAU and COGR explain that Grants.gov, initiated as a unified grants application and submission portal, has proven unable to cope… Read More


FY10 Budget Resolution Taking Shape

House and Senate Budget Committees are on course to consider a fiscal year 2010 budget resolution during the week of March 23rd. A budget resolution sets parameters for the spending and tax provisions of the detailed appropriations bills that emerge from Congress. A budget resolution identifies priorities of the majority party for both the upcoming… Read More


HHS Launches Website for Recovery Act Funding Distribution

The Department of Health and Human Services has created an office to coordinate distribution of $137 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. HHS to date has distributed $3.3 billion in Recovery Act funds to states for Medicaid. For more on HHS activities funded through the Recovery Act, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery.