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March 16, 2017

America First Budget Released

The Trump Administration released its first budget, called the American First Budget this morning. Coming in at 62 pages total, the “America First” budget blueprint is what is known as a “skinny budget” is somewhat scant on details. The budget’s main theme is doing more with less by eliminating “nonfunctioning” or duplicative programs and wasteful spending; streamlining federal…


March 10, 2017

Senate Repeals Teacher Education Regulations

Employing the same method used by the House in February, the Senate rolled back on Wednesday the regulations issued by the Education Department in the last days of the Obama Administration aimed at teacher education and training programs at institutions of higher education.


February 27, 2017

An Increase of $54 Billion for Defense and Corresponding Cuts to Non-Defense Programs Sought

In its initial proposal outlining the Administration’s budget goals for FY2018, the White House is seeking an increase of $54 billion to $603 billion overall for defense programs. To maintain the overall topline budget number, the Administration is seeking offsets in non-defense related programs. Federal Relations continues to monitor developments on this front.


Administration Budget Proposal to Call for Increase in Defense, Cuts to Domestic Programs

The Trump White House will send today to the federal agencies its draft FY2018 budget proposal that will seek increases for defense and veterans’ programs while looking to cut domestic programs. The proposal being shared with the agencies today will only address the discretionary programs — those that must be funded through the annual appropriations process—and…


February 17, 2017

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA

By a vote of 52 to 46, the Senate approved on Friday Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.


February 14, 2017

More Movement Seen on Senior Administration Officials Front

Late Monday, recently appointed White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned from his post. The resignation was prompted by what he shared with Vice President Pence about his call with the Russian ambassador to the United States almost immediately following the Presidential election in November. Flynn had reportedly told Pence that he did not…


January 28, 2017

Administration Issues Executive Actions on Immigration and More

The White House issued a series of executive actions late Friday. An Executive Order limiting immigration and suspending immigrant benefits of foreign nationals from certain countries. A Presidential Memorandum with a plan on how to defeat ISIS. A Presidential Memorandum reorganizing the National Security Council and Homeland Security Council. A Presidential Memorandum on rebuilding the US Armed…


January 26, 2017

Federal Grant Update

Some initial actions and comments from the incoming Trump Administration have prompted questions and concerns from faculty, researchers, and the media, regarding federal research. Particularly, questions have pertained to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants. Here is what we know: It is not uncommon for incoming administrations to issue a hold on grants at the beginning of their tenure. The current…


January 19, 2017

Trump Transition Previews Budget

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy. The proposal takes directly from the Heritage Foundation’s FY 2017 budget blueprint and the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) FY 2017 Budget Proposal. While the annual President’s…


January 17, 2017

Inauguration, Confirmation Hearings, Oh My!

The House and Senate are back from the long weekend recognizing the late Civil Rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and already Congress is at work — though arguably the politics didn’t stop this weekend. The Senate is gearing up for a second round of fights over President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees as Republicans…



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