Federal Relations

Senator Cantwell Issues Statement on Nomination of Gary Locke

Cantwell Welcomes Governor Gary Locke’s Appointment as Secretary of Commerce As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chair of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard, and a Washingtonian, I am excited that former Governor Gary Locke has been nominated for Secretary of Commerce. As the country begins to tackle the tough

Education Stimulus Funds Scrutinized

A leading Congressional Republican is asking Education Secretary Arne Duncan for significantly more information about how the department plans to spend $100 billion in new funds from the economic stimulus package and to monitor how the money is used. Rep. Howard P. (Buck) McKeon wrote to Duncan last week to ask how the department will

President Obama Rounds Out Cabinet

Today, President Obama nominated Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to serving as Governor of Kansas, Sebelius served as the state’s insurance commissioner for eight years. The Sebelius pick has, thus far, drawn bipartisan praise from the Senate. If Sebelius and Commerce Secretary-designate Gary Locke (D-WA)

President Obama Selects New HRSA Administrator

Mary Wakefield, Director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, has been selected by President Obama to head the Health Resources and Services Administration. HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. The agency will administer

Governor Locke Potential Pick for Commerce

The Pacific Northwest may see one of it’s own join the Obama Administration.  The media is reporting this afternoon that former Governor Gary Locke is being vetted for the position of Commerce Secretary.  This would be good news for the UW and the region!  Stay tuned for more. Full Seattle Times article

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

NIH Outlines Spending Plan for $10.4 Billion of Economic Recovery Package Funding

Today in a briefing at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington provided an outline of the plan his agency will utilize to spend the $10.4 billion provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. However, Dr. Kington mentioned many times during the briefing that the details

Cabinet Nominations Create Difficulties for President

The confirmation process for President-elect Obama’s remaining cabinet nominees went somewhat off track last week; as Tom Daschle’s nomination was derailed due to federal income tax issues. Mr. Daschle’s decision to withdraw from the confirmation process was seen as a significant setback by those seeking to advance health care reform later this year. The former

Veterans Affairs Offers GI Bill Implementation Guidance

Last month, the Department of Veterans Affairs conducted GI Bill implementation meetings around the country. The PowerPoint presentation utilized in the sessions is available for download at www.acenet.edu/stws under the heading “ACE, VA Convened Regional Meetings on New GI Bill Implementation.” Additionally, application guidelines for the ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Award Grants are also available

NSF Releases Report on Cost Sharing for Public Comment

As part of a continuing review of cost-sharing policies at the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Science Board (NSB) issued a report on January 21st, which reaffirms that mandatory cost sharing should be required for a limited number of programs where it is appropriate and recommends prohibiting “voluntary committed” cost sharing in solicited and

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