Federal Relations

May 21, 2014

U.S. Department of Education Announces $75 Million First in the World Competition

To spur innovation in higher education aimed at helping more students access and complete a college degree or credential, the U.S. Department of Education announced late last week the availability of $75 million in the First in the World (FITW) program. The grants will fund the development and testing of innovative approaches and strategies at

ED Announces Plan College Ratings Timeframe

Today, the Department of Education (ED) announced a timeframe for rolling out the Administration’s proposed College Ratings system. In a post by Deputy Under Secretary Jamienne Studley entitled, “Making it Easier to Pick and Pay for College through Ratings“, the Administration announced that the college ratings system will be ready this Fall and a final

February 5, 2014

Pell Grant Shortfall Delayed to FY2017

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024. The deficit is expected to fall this year as the economy gains steam, but CBO also anticipates that increasing health care costs and higher payments on the national debt mean that those gains will not last. The deficit estimate sets

February 3, 2014

DOE Funding Opportunity: Technologies to Produce Renewable Carbon Fiber from Biomass

The Energy Department today announced up to $12 million in funding to advance the production of cost-competitive, high-performance carbon fiber material from renewable non-food-based feedstocks such as agricultural residues and woody biomass. Carbon fiber derived from biomass may be less costly to manufacture and offer greater environmental benefits than traditional carbon fiber produced from natural

January 29, 2014

Senate HELP Committee Approves Cordova for NSF

The Senate HELP Committee met in an Executive Session today and approved several Presidential nominations including Dr. Frances Cordova to be the Director of NSF. The HELP Committee approved Dr. Cordova’s nomination last year (December 18, 2013).  With a new year, the Committee must approve her nomination once again.  From here, Dr. Cordova’s nomination will

January 23, 2014

White House to Release Budget March 4th

The White House announced today that it will release the Administration’s FY 2015 budget proposal on March 4. The Administration had been waiting on Congress to finalize FY 2014 appropriations before having the Office of Management and Budget move fully ahead with the Administration’s FY2015 Budget proposal. With House and Senate finalizing FY 2014 with the

January 22, 2014

OSTP Accepting Summer Intern Applications

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2014 Internship Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm Friday, March 7.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the 2014 academic year are welcome to apply. More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/. About OSTP.  The Office

White House Establishes Task Force to Combat Sexual Assault on Campuses

The Obama administration is beefing up a commitment to combating sexual violence on college campuses with the creation of a new task force and release of a new report Wednesday from the White House Council on Women and Girls. Nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetimes, and alcohol and drug use are exacerbating

January 13, 2014

OSTP Now Accepting Intern Applications

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2014 Internship Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm Friday, March 7.  Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the 2014 academic year are welcome to apply. More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/. About OSTP.  The Office

November 15, 2013

Obama Nominates Two from Academia

The White House nominated two university professors to lead the Energy Department’s science operations. Franklin Orr, a Stanford University professor of petroleum engineering, has been nominated to be DOE’s undersecretary for science and energy, a recently redesigned position. Orr also directs Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy. The new undersecretary job includes all five energy offices,

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