Federal Relations

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…


February 12, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, February 8-12

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Falling Apart – Congress and the White House were so close to a grand bargain, and then, shortly, the $4 trillion ‘grand bargain’ collapsed. Read more in Roll Call.   Mandatory vs. Discretionary – In December, Congress and the White House came to a two-year…


February 10, 2016

House on Science in the “National Interest”, White House Threatens to Veto

The House will take up a bill today, HR 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, that would require the National Science Foundation to show the grants it doles out to scientists are in the national interest. Similar to previous measures restricting NSF sponsored by Congressman Lamar Smith, the legislation is expected to pass. Predictably,…


February 9, 2016

President Releases FY2017 Budget

Today, President Barack Obama proposed a $4.23 trillion FY 2017 budget, which will be his last in office. Overall, the White House’s proposal sticks with the discretionary spending limits set by last year’s budget deal. Predictably the lame-duck budget was met with dismissal by Congress. Republican appropriators are complaining that the Administration is circumventing the…


February 5, 2016

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

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Border Wars –  Though, state institutions were founded to serve the people of their states, but in a bid to maximize tuition revenue as state support for higher education drops, they are enrolling record numbers of students from elsewhere. Read more in The Washington Post. …


February 3, 2016

Department of Education Seeks Summer Interns

The Department of Education announced it is recruiting interns for Summer 2016. The program is sure provide opportunities to learn about education policy in the nation’s capital. From the ED Homeroom blog: “Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience…


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