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June 14, 2018

Congress Continues to March Through Appropriations

Both chambers of Congress continue their march through the FY2019 appropriations process. The Senate Appropriations Committee took up and cleared its Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS), Interior, and Legislative Branch bills earlier today, meaning that the committee has cleared seven of the 12 spending bills.  Some of the initial details about the CJS and Interior bills were posted yesterday….


March 22, 2018

Additional Details of Omnibus Package Available

More details of the FY2018 Omnibus spending package unveiled last are now available. Within the budget for the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Nursing Workforce Development programs would be funded at $249.5 million, an increase of $20 million above the final FY2017 enacted levels.  The Public Health and Preventive Medicine program would be level funded…


January 29, 2018

Azar Sworn In as HHS Secretary

Earlier today, Alex Azar was sworn in as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the Senate last week.


January 24, 2018

Azar Confirmed

Alex Azar was confirmed by the Senate earlier this afternoon as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services by a vote of 55 – 43.


Senate to Take Up HHS Nomination

The full Senate is scheduled to take up today the nomination of Alex Azar to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Azar is not a new-comer to the HHS as he served as Deputy Secretary during the George W. Bush Administration.  He has recently been an executive at the pharmaceutical…


November 13, 2017

New Nominee to Lead HHS Named

The Trump Administration announced today that it intends to nominate Alex Azar as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Azar served at HHS under the George W. Bush Administration from 2001 to 2007, first as general counsel and deputy secretary.  He served in senior leadership roles at Lilly USA between 2007 and…


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 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 25, 2017

Administration’s FY2018 Budget Would Restrict F&A, Contains Salary Cap

Two provisions of note in the President’s Budget released Tuesday: Within the NIH section of the Major Savings and Reforms provision, the Budget includes an indirect cost rate for NIH grants that will be capped at 10 percent of total research. This approach would be applied to all types of grants with a rate higher than…


May 23, 2017

New Foundation for American Greatness Budget for FY 2018

The Administration unveiled the New Foundation for American Greatness Budget which builds on the America First or blueprint or skinny budget released in March. Similar to the previous Administration, the Trump Administration does address the sequester caps. Where the Obama Administation repeatedly proposed scaling back the spending caps on both military and domestic spending, Trump would relieve…



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