Federal Relations

Department of Education to Hold Public Hearings on Higher Education Issues

On May 26, 2009, the Department of Education announced that it will hold three public hearings and related forums around the country to gather public suggestions on several higher education issues. The Department will also be conducting forums after each of the three hearings to discuss: (1) how changes to the Department’s financial aid communications

AAU Issues Comments on Draft NIH Stem Cell Guidelines

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has provided comment on proposed NIH Stem Cell Guidelines (see below). May 27, 2009 AAU President Robert M. Berdahl yesterday submitted AAU’s comments on proposed guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The AAU letter praises President Obama’s March 9, 2009

Legislative Outlook

The House and Senate are adjourned for Memorial Day Recess and will reconvene next week. It is expected that the various House Appropriations subcommittee will begin markups of FY10 spending bills when the chambers recovene. House leaders want to pass all 12 fiscal 2010 appropriations bills before the start of the August recess, leaving eight weeks of

NSF to Move to Fastlane Only

NSF Dear Colleague Letter Dear Colleagues: Due to an expected increase in Grants.gov submissions relating to the processing of Recovery Act proposals, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has authorized agencies to use alternative methods for proposal submission and acceptance. As you know, NSF is able to accept directly its full complement of proposals,

The Week on Capitol Hill — May 25-29

Congress is on Memorial Day recess until Monday, June 1st.

Department of Energy Office of Science Presentation on FY10 Budget Request

The Acting Director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy has released a PowerPoint presentation on the FY10 Budget Request. The overview provides a good explanation of new iniatives such as the Energy Innovation Hubs, and ARPA-E. PowerPoint Presentation on FY10 Budget Request for the Department of Energy Office of Science

APLU Releases Overview of Patent Reform Legislation

Memorandum To: Association constituents From: Robert M. Berdahl, President, Association of American Universities  Molly Corbett Broad, President, American Council on Education  Darrell G. Kirch, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges  Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities  Arundeep S. Pradhan, President, Association of University Technology Managers  Anthony P. DeCrappeo, President, Council on Governmental

Office of Congressman Inslee to Hold Federal Funding Workshop in Shoreline

The office of Representative Jay Inslee would like to invite you to a Federal Funding Workshop on June 9th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shoreline Center.  Details of the event are listed below, and a flyer is attached for distribution.   Join Congressman Inslee’s staff for a presentation on federal grants and

Senator Cantwell Advances UW FY10 Projects

Senator Maria Cantwell has advanced several of the UW’s FY10 priority projects.  While this is just a first step in a long journey, we are encouraged by the support the Senator is showing for the UW.  The next step is to get these and other projects included in the FY10 funding bills, which are currently

APLU Releases FY10 Funding Recommendations

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has released a set of FY10 funding recommendations, which incorporate figures put forward last in the President’s Budget Request (PBR). The APLU recommendations focus on agencies/program accounts of interest to the higher education community. The UW Office of Federal Relations encourages feedback our community on the recommendations outlined

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