Federal Relations

March 17, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 14-18

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Next Battle Front – As discretionary spending declines, the federal government has used its oversight authority with increasing regularity to intrude in the affairs of colleges and universities well beyond federal aid compliance and basic tax and regulatory concerns — it has begun…


March 16, 2016

House Budget Rolls On

The House Budget Committee released their FY 2017 budget resolution Tuesday to win support from dissident conservatives through a combination of assumed cuts in mandatory spending programs and new budget rules. The House Budget outlines the Congressional tax and spending framework, which does not go to the president and does not become a law. The purpose of…


March 14, 2016

Senate Confirms King

The Senate confirmed John King as Secretary of Education by a vote of 49-40.


March 10, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, March 7 – 11

Here’s a selection of articles that Federal Relations is enjoying this week. All Hail – John King was cleared by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee this week to move forward and be confirmed as the next Secretary of Education. Read more in the Washington Post. Not Really Helpful – In most college sexual assault…


March 7, 2016

FY2017 Appropriations Season in Full Swing

The House is out this week, but the Senate is in, voting today on a procedural motion to close debate on a measure that would provide grants for opioid abuse prevention and treatment programs. The Senate will also be hearing about the President’s FY2017 budget plans for a variety of agencies. Most hearings will be…


March 3, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, February 29 – March 4

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this leap week. S-T-O-P – Two days after Super Tuesday, the GOP establishment’s knives are once again out for Donald Trump — whether it’s Mitt Romney’s speech today, tonight’s debate in Michigan, or the new TV ads targeting Trump. And here’s the reality: The opportunity…


March 1, 2016

Super Tuesday!

Today voters in twelve states – 11 Democratic and 11 Republican – will gather together to nominate their party’s candidate for President of the United States. On the Democratic side, Super Tuesday could be Hillary Clinton’s opportunity to pull away from Bernie Sanders. There are 889 delegates up for grabs in eleven states – Alabama…


February 25, 2016

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

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations Team is reading this week. Diverse – NSF has launched it’s long-awaited diversity initiative called INCLUDES.  The program will administer small grants later this year to dozens of institutions to test novel ways of broadening participation in science and engineering. Winners of the 2-year, $300,000 pilot grants…


February 19, 2016

What We’re Reading this Week, February 16-19

Here’s a selection of articles the federal relations team is reading this week. Standoff –  Education Department is standing by its controversial guidance to colleges on sexual harassment and sexual assault in response to questions raised by a prominent Senate critic.  Catherine E. Lhamon, the department’s assistant secretary for civil rights, defended her agency’s actions in…


February 16, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016 (SCOTUS Edition)

On Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes in a ranch in the Big Bend area of West Texas at Cibo Creek Ranch. He was 79. Having died in such a remote area, the declaring the justice dead, and disseminating the news of the his death, caused some some issue. Known for…


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