Federal Relations

March 3, 2009

CBO Says Stimulus Will Create Jobs

The economic recovery law enacted last month could create up to 3.6 million jobs by the end of 2010, equaling the Obama administration’s claim the measure will create 3.5 million jobs in that time, according to a final cost estimate of the legislation released Monday by CBO. For job creation, CBO estimates the bill could

February 26, 2009

President Obama Releases FY10 Budget Blueprint

Today, President Obama released a budget outline for fiscal year 2010. The full request will likely be presented to Congress in late April. The President’s Budget Request (PBR) will feature signficant increases in student aid including a boost to the Pell grant (increasing the student maximum to $5,500 for the 2010-11 academic year) and indexing

February 25, 2009

House Clears FY09 Omnibus

Today on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives approved a $410 billion omnibus spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year ‘09.  It was not without some controversy, with Republican leaders urging President Obama to veto the bill. House Members voted 245-178 for the package, which includes significant increases in spending on a range of

President Obama Outlines his FY10 Budget Priorities

Last night, President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to give a preview of his first budget request. While it was short on actual numbers, the President did pledge to seek cuts in certain defense, farm, and education programs and root out waste in government spending. He further said that his administration has already identified

February 24, 2009

FY09 Omnibus Figures Available for Key Higher Education Accounts

The $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill may pass the House of Representatives as early as this Wednesday and in the following few days in the Senate. The higher education community was successful in its advocacy for increases in some agencies and programs of critical importance. Additionally, UW was successful in securing support for congressionally directed appropriations for high priority campus

February 23, 2009

Federal Agency Spending Plans on Recovery Act Funding Due Out

Several federal agencies are working quickly to develop spending plans for funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Last week, NIH provided a sketch of its planned use of $10.4 billion in Recovery Act spending (details provided under the Federal Agency Developments link). Additionally, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a reorganization of the

FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Bill to Move Forward this Week

The House and Senate will likely advance the remaining 9 fiscal year 2009 spending bills this week, as part of an omnibus appropriations package that will fund much of the government through September 30, 2009. Only 3 of 12 appropriations bills have been completed to date: defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs. At an earlier stage of the FY09

February 19, 2009

State of Washington Recovery Act Funding Figures Available

Below please find a link to estimated figures on funding to the state of Washington from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. According to the figures provided, the state of Washington will receive approximately $4.73 billion. Recovery Act Funding for the State of Washington (click here)

OMB Releases Recovery Act Implementation Guidance to Federal Agencies

Peter Orszag, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director, has issued guidance (see link below) to federal agency heads on how to implement use of funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The linked memorandum provides the first installment of government-wide guidance for carrying out programs and activities enacted in the legislation. As was

February 18, 2009

AAU Details Higher Education and Research Provisions of Economic Recovery Package

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has prepared a grid (link below) that details the final higher education and research provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grid breaks funding out by agency account, and also provides a comparison of the House and Senate bills that led to the final conference agreement. As has been

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