Federal Relations

July 28, 2009

HHS Recovery Act Funding Available to Expand Health Professions Training

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of $200 million to support grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand the training of health care professionals.  The funds are expected to train approximately 8,000 students and credentialed health professionals by the end of fiscal year 2010.  Today’s funds are part of the $500 million

FY09 and FY10 Administrative Savings

On Monday, the Administration announced that federal agencies had met the goal set by President Obama of finding at least $100 million in administrative savings from their agency budgets.  The 77 cost-savings measures identified by agencies would yield $102 million in savings this fiscal year (FY09) and about $140 million in savings in fiscal 2010.

July 17, 2009

Obama Administration Announces $85 Million in ARRA Funding for Early Career Scientists’ Research

WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $85 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded in early 2010 to support at least 50 early career researchers for five years at U.S. academic institutions and DOE national laboratories.  To be eligible for the competition, a

July 15, 2009

DOE Announces up to $52.5 Million for Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced plans to provide up to $52.5 million to research, develop, and demonstrate Concentrating Solar Power systems capable of providing low-cost electrical power both day and night. Today’s announcement underscores the Obama Administration’s commitment to creating jobs and saving money, making electricity generated from solar energy competitive with conventional

July 9, 2009

OMB to Conduct Recovery Act Reporting Webinars

OMB has scheduled webinars on Recovery Act reporting requirements. Individuals interested in participating must go to the website and register for each session. The webinars will be available for later viewing on the Recovery.gov website.                           **OMB Announcement** The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board announce that webinars

July 8, 2009

President Obama Nominates New NIH Director

Today, President Barack Obama nominated Francis S. Collins as the new Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Collins served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at NIH from 1993-2008. He is a physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project.

July 7, 2009

DoD Announces New DARPA Director

Yesterday, July 6th, the Department of Defense announced the appointment of Regina E. Dugan as the new Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Dr. Dugan has held several positions in industry, most recently as president and chief executive officer of RedXDefense, a company that develops defense against explosive threats. She worked at

June 23, 2009

NOAA OAR FY10 Appropriations Update

Late Thursday of last week, the House passed (by a vote of 259-157) its fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) measure, HR 2847. The House measure provides $4.6 B for NOAA, and strongly supports NOAA research. The request for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) in the FY 2010 President’s Budget (PB) is fully funded,

June 15, 2009

COGR Releases Summer Update

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) has released its summer 2009 update, which details new and proposed federal agency guidelines of interest to the higher education community. Topics discussed include: NIH Stem Cell Guidelines Scientific Integrity IRB Accountability NIH Financial Conflicts of Interest Update on Recovery Act Activities and Issues  F&A Rate Proposals and Negotiations

June 9, 2009

Secretary of Education Calls for Measurable School Reforms

FOR RELEASE: June 8, 2009  Contact: John White, Press Secretary (202) 401-1576 U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said today that school reforms should be monitored and judged by results that can be backed up by research proving their effectiveness. Speaking at the fourth annual conference of the Institute of Education Sciences, Duncan told an

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