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May 24, 2018

ED Proposes to Delay Implementation of Distance Education “State Authorization” Regulations

The Department of Education announced today its intention to delay the implementation of “state authorization” regulations on distance education programs.  The announcement by the department, which is expected to appear tomorrow in the Federal Register, cites a number of remaining questions surrounding the issue, including various unresolved operational and definitional uncertainties. The department has proposed to delay the…

May 8, 2018

White House Releases “Rescission” Package

As expected, the White House Office of Management and Budget released its package of proposed rescissions earlier today.  The list of programs targeted for cuts is available  here.  The package includes 38 items, totaling approximately $15 billion in cuts. The biggest portion of the package, roughly $7 billion, would come from the Children Health Insurance…

May 7, 2018

ED to cancel student debt collections contracts

The Administration has announced plans to end student loan debt collections contracts with Windham Professionals and Performant Financial Corp. The Education Department said it plans to develop a different approach to collecting defaulted student federal loans in its dismissal of the debt collections agencies. The Washington Post has more information.

Administration “Rescission” Package Expected This Week

The Trump Administration is expected to send to Congress a “rescission” package this week that would seek about $15 billion in cuts to already approved spending in prior years. Unhappy about the size of the recently passed FY2018 omnibus spending bill, a group of House conservatives had asked the Administration to take steps to cancel or…

April 19, 2018

Bridenstine Confirmed as NASA Administrator

After clearing a procedural hurdle earlier this week, Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) was confirmed as NASA Administrator earlier this afternoon on a party line vote of 50 to 49. Read more about the vote here and here.

April 18, 2018

NASA Administrator Nomination Advances in Senate

The nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) for NASA Administrator moved forward earlier today after a Senator switched his vote.  Initially, the vote to move the nomination forward stood tied at 49 to 49.  After a number of conversations, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) changed his vote to a ‘yes’ to move forward on the nomination.  The vote cut…

February 15, 2018

Immigration Stalled Again

The Senate on Thursday effectively failed to move forward with any of four immigration proposals put forward today. This included a Republican proposal backed by President Donald Trump that would grant 1.8 million “Dreamers” a path to citizenship and provide $25 billion for a border wall and security improvements. The action came on a 39-60 vote…

February 13, 2018

HHS Budget FY2019

The President’s Budget request for HHS proposes $95.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and $1,120 billion in mandatory funding while proposing to shift many mandatory programs to discretionary, including GME.  The budget would also consolidate all GME funding into one program while maintaining the site caps. Additionally, the budget proposes to cut or eliminate all…

February 12, 2018

More Information About FY2019 Budget Request

Department of Defense The Pentagon’s FY2019 budget request includes $445.9 million for the basic research (6.1) programs funded by the Army, a cut of about $41 million compared to the FY2017 level.  At the same time, the budget request asks for $919.6 million for Army applied research (6.2) programs, a decrease of about $300 million…

More Details Available from FY2019 PBR

More details from the president’s budget request (PBR) are now becoming available and Office of Federal Relations will continue to provide further information after additional analysis. Education The Administration is seeking to make short-term programs eligible for the Pell Grant program in its Department of Education (ED) PBR.  The PBR also calls for formula changes in the…

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