Federal Relations

September 9, 2016

Hiccup with a CR

Writing a stopgap spending measure, known as a Continuing Resolution (CR), to avoid a government shutdown on October 1st, just got a bit harder than lawmakers anticipated. Typically, CRs extend current funding levels into the new fiscal year for a short duration. Unfortunately, there’s a hitch this time. If current FY2016 funding is simply extended, it…


What We’re Reading This Week, September 6-9

Here’s a selection of article the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Stepping Up – The House Freedom Caucus wasted no time since returning from their summer recess showing just how tough they can make life for Speaker Paul Ryan — and for Democrat Hillary Clinton if she becomes President. They’re pressuring Ryan to oppose…


September 6, 2016

They’re BACK!!!!

After seven weeks of recess, the House and Senate are back to work today.  Congressional lawmakers now have approximately 17 legislative days to figure out how to avoid a government shutdown before the new fiscal year (FY 2017) begins on October 1. As we saw last year (a non-election year), coming to an agreement on how to allocate…


September 2, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, August 29 – September 2

Happy end of August Recess. Here are a few articles the Federal Relations team has been enjoying this week. Just 90 – According to ‘carbon accountant’ Richard Heede there are 90 companies contribute two thirds of the global carbon emissions. Among those, the top eight companies — ranked according to annual and cumulative emissions —…


August 25, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, August 22-26

After a brief hiatus, here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. More Ways to Pay – A trove of data released by the Education Department on Monday shows a continuing trend of people enrolling in the government’s generous student loan repayment plans as well as people struggling to pay their…


August 23, 2016

OMB Updated Sequestration Report

This week the Office of Budget and Management (OMB) released a report regarding enforcement of the discretionary spending caps for both 2016 and 2017 as contained in the Sequester. The OMB must issue a final sequestration report after the Congress adjourns and to date, no 2017 appropriations bills have been enacted into law and, therefore, no  changes are…


August 5, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, August 1-5

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. How Did We Get Here? – The conventions are over, and official nominees are now in the running, but it was 9% of Americans that picked Clinton and Trump. Read more in The New York Times. Male Bias – Universities across the nation…


August 2, 2016

NSF Accepting Nominations for Alan T. Waterman Award

Today, the National Science Foundation announced it is accepting nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes young researchers for their creativity and influence. The announcement reads:   Dear Colleague: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the…


July 29, 2016

What We’re Reading, July 25-29

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Clinton’s Free Tuition Promise – It’s directed not at older Americans, like Social Security and Medicare, but for once, at young Americans. Read more on NPR How Women Are Harassed Out of Science – The discrimination women endure makes America’s need for STEM workers…


July 22, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, July 18-22

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. I Accept – Donald John Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday night with an unusually vehement appeal to Americans who feel that their country is spiraling out of control and yearn for a leader who will take aggressive, even extreme, actions to protect…


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