Federal Relations

Federal Energy and Defense Cooperation

At a White House Forum on Energy Security yesterday, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Defense to accelerate clean energy innovation and enhance national energy security.  Among other things, the MOU demonstrates both agencies commitment to reducing

Dept. of Energy Launches Blog

Last week, the Department of Energy launched a blog, along with new accounts on Facebook and Twitter. Secretary Chu provided the vision for these new tools in his inaugural blog post: “Our goal is to use the Energy Blog and our other social media outlets to show you who we are, what we do, and

COMPETES Act Heading for the Senate Floor

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has approved — with bi-partisan support — its portion of the America COMPETES Act (S. 3605). The bill provides for three-year authorizations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). An authorization for the Department of Energy Office of Science is

White House Releases S&T Priorities for FY12

On July 21st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), issued a joint memorandum directing the heads of agencies and departments in their FY2012 budget submissions to reallocate resources from low priority areas to science and technology (S&T) efforts that would address six specific challenges.

DREAM Act May be Pushed Before November

With it being an election year, many lawmakers have been avoiding the politically charged topic of comprehensive immigration reform, making it unlikely that it will advance before the end of the year. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) may attempt to push through the DREAM Act as a stand-alone piece of legislation before the

Domestic Spending to be Removed From Emergency Supplemental

House leaders appear poised to acquiesce to the reality that the Senate lacks the votes to include funding for domestic priorities, such as saving K-12 teacher jobs and filling the Pell Grant shortfall, in the fiscal year 2010 emergency supplemental spending bill that is being considered on Capitol Hill. The supplemental spending bill is primarily intended

UW Economic Impacts Report Available

The recently released UW Economic Impacts Report can be accessed through this post and as a permanent resource on the left bar of this website. The report details the economic, employment and government revenue impact of operations and research of all of the UW’s campuses and affiliates. The report was prepared by Trpp Umbach, a nationally

Congress Returns to a Packed Three Week Agenda

This week, Congress returns from its week-long July 4th state/district work period (recess) with a long list of things to do before it breaks again for 5 weeks at the end of the month. Foremost on the to-do list is passage of the FY10 supplemental spending bill that contains funding for military operations in Afghanistan and

UW Participates in Senator Cantwell’s Press Conference on Oil Spill Prevention & Response

On Tuesday Senator Maria Cantwell held a press conference in Seattle regarding the need for better research and development on oil spill prevention and response. She announced that she will soon chair a hearing and introduce legislation that will require the oil industry to incorporate the latest and best technologies into their oil spill prevention

Department of Energy Announces Second Annual Competition for Early Career Awards

Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it is accepting proposals for the second year of the DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program to support the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers.  Up to $15 million in funding will be awarded in 2011 to support at least 50 early career

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