Federal Relations

June 15, 2009

COGR Releases Summer Update

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has released its summer 2009 update, which details new and proposed federal agency guidelines of interest to the higher education community. Topics discussed include:

  • NIH Stem Cell Guidelines
  • Scientific Integrity
  • IRB Accountability
  • NIH Financial Conflicts of Interest
  • Update on Recovery Act Activities and Issues
     F&A Rate Proposals and Negotiations – Strategies and Expectations
     Audit Implications
     Job Creation and Retention
     Section 1512 Reporting Requirements
     Summary of COGR Comment and Request Letters Addressing ARRA
     Department of Energy Cost Sharing Requirements on ARRA Funding for ARPA-E
     Direct Charging of Research Specialist/Administrative Personnel and 26% Cap
     Direct Charging of Research Specialist/Administrative Personnel – Help Requested
     ARRA and the Potential for Overreach by Federal Officials
  • Other Costing Discussions
  • F&A Limitations and Not-for-Profit Research Foundations
  • President Issues New Memorandum on Classified/Controlled Unclassified Information
  • MTAs Continue to Receive Considerable Attention
  • COGR Joins Other Associations in Statement on Visa Delays
  • Updates on Other CIP Issues
     Status of Patent Reform Legislation Remains Unclear
     NAS Committee on University IP Management and Metrics-Related Activities
     In Re Bilski Case Will be Heard by Supreme Court
     GAO Draft Report on March-In Rights to be Issued Soon
     Export Control Developments
     E-Verify Implementation Delayed Yet Again

COGR Report