Federal Relations

House Passes COMPETES Act Reauthorization

After a couple of procedural setbacks, the House of Representatives passed a 5-year reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act on Friday May 28th. The legislation provides for 7% annual increases to the budgets of the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science, and National Institutes of Standards and Technology -keeping them on a

Immigration Reform Framework Released

Despite the absence of any support from the minority party, which will be necessary to advance a bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two of his colleagues — Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — have released a rough framework for comprehensive immigration reform. The outline serves as a starting point for public discussions

Balance of Power in the US Senate will Change Agenda

The first election of 2010 is over and the balance of power in the US Senate has shifted just enough to put the Administration’s policy agenda in jeopardy.  Senator-Elect Scott Brown (R-MA) will be the newest member of the Senate, and will be sworn in as soon as the election is certified.  Clues on how

Rep. McDermott Leads House in Congratulating Huskies Softball

Yesterday, September 30th, Congressman Jim McDermott led colleagues in the House in congratulating the UW softball team on their national championship. H.Res. 517, sponsored by Congressman McDermott, passed the House of Representatives unanimously (421-0). In addition to praising the team, Mr. McDermott noted the importance of sports in the lives of young people and highlighted

National Science Board Seeking Nominations for Public Service Recognition

The National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.  These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and

Federal Relations Brown Bag Lunch Sessions

The UW Office of Federal Relations invites participation in a brown bag lunch to discuss our ongoing FY10 and anticipated FY11 federal strategies. The informal sessions serves as an opportunity to receive an update on developments in DC that impact the higher education community in general and our Institution in particular. Topics for discussion will

Obama Administrations Seeks Input on Scientific Openness

Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The President is championing a new climate of openness, collaboration, transparency and accountability in government, as well as respect for maintaining the integrity of science in governmental agencies. Your help is requested in developing guidelines to enable these goals to be achieved. For science to guide our

UW Endorses Letter on Innovation to President Obama

The University of Washington, along with over 200 institutions from around the United States, has endorsed an  Association for Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) letter to President Barack Obama that commends the Administration’s pledge to provide increased federal resources for research and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The APLU letter describes STEM

Congress in Recess, UW Federal Relations on Campus

Congress will be in its Spring District Work Period (recess) from April 6-17. The UW Director of Federal Relations and Assistant Director of Federal Relations will be on campus for meetings April 13-17.

Roll Call Releases State Delegation Rankings

The Roll Call newspaper, which is popular among DC politicos, recently released a ranking of the clout that the various state delegations hold in the 111th Congress. In determining the rankings, Roll Call staff assign points to each state based on several factors, including: size of the delegation number of full committee chairmen and ranking

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