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July 14, 2017

Definition of “bona fide” relationship expanded by federal judge

A federal judge in Hawaii has ruled that the list of relatives created by the Trump Administration in its attempt to define a “bona fide” relationship with respect to its modified travel ban against six majority-Muslim nations is too narrow. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed a limited ban to go into effect and is scheduled…

July 13, 2017

House Spending Bill Includes Helpful Language on F&A

The House spending bill that would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in FY2018 includes helpful language on the facilities and administrative (F&A) costs issue. The bill includes the following language on the issue: In making Federal financial assistance, the NIH shall continue to apply the provisions relating to indirect costs in part 75…

June 30, 2017

Modified Travel Ban Takes Effect, Hawaii Files Suit

Lawyers for the State of Hawaii and an imam in Hawaii yesterday filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s partial ban that went into effect last evening. The lawsuit argues that the definitions being used by the government are narrower than what the Supreme Court allowed in its order. Read more about the issue here, here, here, and…

June 29, 2017

Limited Travel Ban Becomes Effective This Evening

As a result of Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, a limited version of the travel ban proposed by the Trump Administration goes into effect this evening (8 PM EDT, 5 PM PDT). The modified ban would impact individuals from six majority-Muslim nations: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.  In order for individuals from those nations…

June 26, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Appeal on Travel Ban, Reinstates Part of Ban

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Trump Administration’s appeal on its travel ban during its next session. The court also allowed a part of the ban to go forward. The court ruled individuals without bona find relationships with people or entities in the United Stated could be barred from entry; those…

June 20, 2017

Senate Committee Holds Confirmation Hearing on Shanahan Nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee is scheduled to hold this morning its confirmation hearing on the nomination of Patrick Shanahan, Chairman of the University of Washington Board of Regents, for the position of Deputy Secretary of Defense.  Information about the hearing is available here.

June 16, 2017

DACA to Remain for Now, DAPA Officially Rescinded

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) policy that was issued by the Obama Administration in 2014 but blocked by a federal court later that year before it could be implemented.  In the same memo that repealed DAPA, the Administration stated that it will keep…

June 7, 2017

Collins to Stay On as NIH Director

Yesterday, the White House announced that Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins has led the NIH since 2009 and previously led the NIH Human Genome Research Institute. Earlier this year, a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders wrote a letter to the President asking him…

May 30, 2017

Memorial Day Recess, Health Care & Tax Reform Slowly Move, Omnibus Already?

The House and Senate are in recess to observe Memorial Day this week. Members returned to their home districts to work as efforts continue behind the scenes in DC on health care and tax reform. Health care continues to be a big unknown in the Senate. According to the most recent impact analysis released by the Congressional…

May 25, 2017

ED’s COO of Finanical Aid Quits

Tuesday night, James Runcie, chief operating officer of the Office of Federal Student Aid, quit \over what he said were simmering management problems at the agency that culminated in a dispute with DeVos over her insistence that he testify Wednesday before a congressional oversight panel. Politico has the story. 

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