Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions… Read More


AAU and the Department of Energy Seek ARPA-E Nominations

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is asking its member campuses to recommend individuals to serve as temporary personnel to help organize the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  The Department of Energy (DoE) is looking for individuals with the knowledge and expertise to help it organize the new agency.  These individuals would serve as temporary program managers… Read More


President Obama Nominates Director of DoE Office of Science

President Obama has nominated Princeton University physicist William F. Brinkman to head the $5 billion Department of Energy Office of Science. William F. Brinkman is currently a Senior Research Physicist in the Physics Department at Princeton University.  Prior to working for Princeton, he was Vice President (now retired) of Research from Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray… Read More


OMB Requests Public Comment on Proposed ARRA Reporting Requirements

On April 1st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the Federal Register (74FR14824) requesting comments on the standard data elements that it proposes to require for reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for grants, cooperative agreements, and loans.  The deadline for comments is May 1, 2009.  As… Read More


Hold Placed on Sebelius Nomination to HHS

Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) appeared before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday April 2nd. Gov. Sebelius’ confirmation hearing centered around the impending push to overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and other legislators… Read More


President Obama Nominates Under Secretary of Education

On April 1st, President Obama nominated Martha Kanter to serve as Under Secretary of Education -the nation’s top post-secondary education post. If confirmed, Dr. Kanter would be the first community college official to serve at or above the number 3 slot in the Department of Education. Excerpt from Biography  Martha J. Kanter is chancellor of the… Read More


Education and NSF Guidance on Stimulus Funds

The Department of Education (ED) released today its much anticipated guidance to states on the state fiscal stabilization funds, which were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  The set of documents published today on the stabilization funds includes:  1) a cover letter; 2) application for funds; and, 3) the actual guidance.  The… Read More


ED Secretary Duncan to Announce First Round of Education Stimulus Funding

Tomorrow Secretary Duncan will visit Doswell Brooks Elementary School in Capital Heights, Maryland, to announce the first round of education stimulus funding available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Doswell Brooks is a 2008 Title I Distinguished School in the Prince George’s County school district, where administrators plan to use ARRA funds… Read More


US Department of Energy Announces Key Administrtation Post

The President made the following announcement this afternoon regarding Department of Energy nominations. Cathy Zoi, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy In January 2007, Cathy Zoi joined the Alliance for Climate Protection as its founding CEO. Established and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore, the Alliance is… Read More


First Confirmation Hearing Set for Sebelius

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee scheduled the first of two confirmation hearings on the nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services.  That hearing will take place on March 31.  The second hearing will be in the Senate Finance Committee, which also has jurisdiction… Read More