Federal Relations

March 1, 2013

Sequestration Begins at Midnight Tonight

Sequestration officially starts today around midnight, though Obama could issue the order sooner that will direct federal agencies to make cuts of about 9 percent for most nondefense discretionary programs and 13 percent for defense programs. This represents $85 million is spending cuts over the remaining seven months of FY 2013. If kept in full,

February 27, 2013

Impact of Sequestration on NSF

The National Science Foundation has issued an Important Notice concerning the impact of sequestration on the NSF programs. In that notice, NSF indicates that they intend to make the necessary FY 2013 reductions with “as little disruption as possible to established commitments” and will use the following set of core principles to guide sequestration planning

February 22, 2013

NIH Prepares for Sequestration Implementation

As mentioned in our blog post yesterday, NIH Director Francis Collins announced that NIH IC directors will develop their own plans for how to apply sequestration cuts to their institutes and centers. This was followed by NIH’s official notice posted yesterday that due to sequestration,  NIH likely will reduce funding levels of non-competing continuation grants, make

February 13, 2013

UW Rates Exceptionally Well on Obama’s College Scorecard

During his State of the Union address last night, President Obama announced a new College Scorecard that would help students and parents make better decisions about which college to attend. The College Scorecard allows you to enter the name of a college of interest or select factors that are important in any college search. You

February 6, 2013

President to Nominate Sally Jewel for Interior

According to Politico.com, President Obama will nominate current REI President and CEO Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department. Sally is also a current member of the UW Board of Regents. If confirmed, Sally would replace current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who held the post throughout Obama’s first term. Salazar announced last month that he

January 16, 2013

Sequestration would be a “Devastating Blow” to NIH

NIH Director Francis Collins calls the potential cuts from sequestration a “profound and devastating blow” for medical research. If Congress cannot find a way to achieve debt reduction without massive federal spending cuts, NIH will lose 6.4 percent of its budget this year.  This could hurt the availability of research grants.  Currently, 80 percent of

December 13, 2012

NOAA Administrator Lubchenco to Resign

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco announced today that she will step down in February, ending a four-year tenure that saw the longtime academic juggle a slate of controversial issues, from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the skyrocketing cost of weather satellites. In an email to employees yesterday, Lubchenco wrote that she was leaving NOAA to return

December 8, 2012

NIH Announces New Director of CSR

On December 3rd, NIH Director Francis Collins announced the selection of Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Nakamura has been serving as the acting director of CSR since September 2011 and has previously been both the scientific director and the deputy director of the National

December 7, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in WA State

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has updated its states website to link to EERE resources for each state. The new site is called Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in My State and links to state-specific content published by EERE. The site also publishes graphs of DOE energy

November 8, 2012

Post Election Look

After a long and tenuous campaign season, the election results are in and essentially reflect the status quo. President Obama will serve a second term as President, the Senate will remain in the control of Democrats, and the House will remain in the control of Republicans. While the party-makeup of the new Congress will essentially

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