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


Locke Confirmed as Commerce Secretary

The Senate confirmed former Washington State Governor Gary Locke as Commerce Secretary yesterday. As Secretary, Locke will oversee National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service, as well as the census, some international trade issues, and the switch to digital TV. Read more


NSF Provides Details on Recovery Act Spending Plans

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released details on how it will spend funding provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Key points of the NSF plan include the following: NSF will use a large share of its ARRA funding to address the backlog of existing proposals.  The notice states, “With the… Read More


NOAA and OSTP Heads Confirmed by Senate, Agency Developing Spending Plans

On March 19th, the Senate confirmed John Holdren as Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Jane Lubchenco as Administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Both nominations had been placed on hold. Some senators attempted to bring about changes in unrelated legislative issues by blocking the… Read More


NIH to Air Videocast on ARRA/Recovery Act Construction Programs

The National Center for Research Resources, part of the National Institutes of Health, will hold a videocast on Monday, March 23, 2009, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT, to respond to questions about the application process for core facilities improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-007) and construction, renovation and repair improvement projects (RFA-RR-09-008). This session will replace the previously… Read More


AAU and COGR Seek Grants.gov Overhaul

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Council on Government Relations (COGR) recently sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Directer Peter Orszag on the need to overhaul the Grants.gov system. AAU and COGR explain that Grants.gov, initiated as a unified grants application and submission portal, has proven unable to cope… Read More


HHS Launches Website for Recovery Act Funding Distribution

The Department of Health and Human Services has created an office to coordinate distribution of $137 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. HHS to date has distributed $3.3 billion in Recovery Act funds to states for Medicaid. For more on HHS activities funded through the Recovery Act, visit www.hhs.gov/recovery.


Research Funding Overview Available

The Office of Federal Relations has drafted an overview of the research funding provided in the various funding vehicles (i.e. FY09/FY10/FY11 appropriations, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) currently circulating in Congress and/or the federal agencies. Please contact the Office of Federal Relations with any questions on the document. Federal Research Funding Overview


Federal Agencies Create Websites for Recovery Act Funds

Several federal agencies have created websites that will be utilized to provide guidelines/ updates on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funding. See below for access. Federal Government Recovery Act Overview National Institutes of Health    Challenge Grants in Health and Science Research    Overview Information    Review Criteria and Processes for Recovery Act… Read More