Federal Relations

May 19, 2014

House Committee to Consider the FIRST Act

On Wednesday, the House Science Committee will mark up HR 4186, the FIRST Act, a bill which will reauthorize NIST, NSF and a host of other federal science-focused programs. This is the 113th Congress’s version of the America COMPETES reauthorization. While in previous Congresses this legislation has been bipartisan and uncontroversial, the FIRST Act has…


This week in Congress

It’s another busy week in Congress with both chambers in session. Here are some committee meetings we’ll be paying attention to throughout the week. MONDAY Senate Financial & Contract Oversight Subcommittee Sexual Assault on College Campuses Subcommittee Discussion 2 PM; 342 Dirksen Senate Building House Rules Committee Considering Rules for Floor Debate on HR 4660…


Congress: Issues to Watch this Week

The House is back in session this week after a weeklong recess period. They will be in session for two weeks before taking another break during the first week in June. The Senate is in this week, but will recess during the week of Memorial Day. Appropriations:  Appropriators appear to be adhering to their plans…


May 14, 2014

OSTP Accepting Applications for Fall 2014 Policy Internship

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2014 Policy Internship Program. The application deadline is11:59pm, Friday, Jun 20. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Fall 2014 semester are eligible to apply. More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/. About OSTP.  The…


May 12, 2014

This Week in Congress

While the House of Representatives began a week-long recess today, the Senate will continue to work this week and next, and then take their own recess the last week of May. Here are a few Senate hearings we’re paying attention to this week. TUESDAY Senate HELP Minority Serving Institutions Full Committee Hearing 10 AM; 430…


May 9, 2014

Larsen Introduces Bill to Protect Bereaved Student Borrowers

Today, Congressman Rick Larsen (D-WA) introduced the Bereaved Student Borrowers Act. The bill  is designed to protect grieving students and students facing family hardship from auto-defaulting on their private student loans and to get better access to information about cosigner release requirements. The bill also prohibits lenders from reporting an auto-default as a result of cosigner…


House Passes ESRA

The House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) on Thursday night, with bipartisan support. The bill reauthorizes the Education Sciences Reform Act. The measure will now head to the Senate.


May 8, 2014

Senate Confirms Ted Mitchell

This afternoon, the Senate confirmed Ted Mitchell as the new Under Secretary of Education.  Mitchell succeeds Martha Kanter, who stepped down in December to take a post at NYU. Mitchell has been President at the New School Venture Fund. Mitchell was nominated in October of 2013. The nomination was approved unanimously by voice vote.


House to Hold Hearing on Student Veteran Success

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Affairs is holding a hearing this morning called, “Defining and Improving Success for Veterans Students”. The hearing will have two panels, which will be as follows: Panel 1 Mr. Michael Dakduk, Vice President of Military and Veterans Affairs, Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU) Mr….


May 6, 2014

DHS Announces New Immigration Regs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed regulations, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.   Both Notices of Proposed Rulemaking will…


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