Federal Relations

June 17, 2011

Spending Bills Update

The House this week passed the Military Construction-VA and the Agriculture Appropriations bills. While Military Construction-VA passed with little difficulty, the Agriculture bill passed with all Democrats and 19 Republicans opposing the measure. Many democrats have spoken out against the Agriculture bill because they are concerned that it contans deep cuts to programs that are vital

June 16, 2011

Final FY11 Numbers for Relevant Federal Agency Programs

Below is a link to a chart highlighting the final FY11 appropriated numbers for federal agencies and programs. Final FY11 Numbers

June 9, 2011

Supreme Court Decides Stanford v. Roche

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a private pharmaceutical company in a heated patent rights battle (Stanford v. Roche). Last week’s decision complicates current university patents, as the majority of justices ruled that neither the government nor institutions that receive federal research grants are guaranteed automatic rights to patents that may arise from the research. In 2005, Stanford University

June 3, 2011

First FY12 Appropriations Bill Approved

Appropriations On Thursday the House passed their FY12 Homeland Security bill, its first FY12 appropriations measure of the year. Democrats have declared the funding levels in the bill insufficient and are particularly unhappy about cuts to homeland security and first responder grants, although some funding to hire/re-hire/retain firefighters was restored by an amendment on Wednesday.

June 1, 2011

FY12 Energy & Water Appropriations

The House Appropriations Committee today released the FY12 Energy and Water and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in the Energy and Water Subcommittee tomorrow.   The legislation provides the annual funding for the various agencies and programs under the Department of Energy, including the Office of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,

SBIR Extension Signed by President

The President signed a bill late last week that will extend the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program until September 30, 2011. The previous extension was set to expire on the 31st of May. There is no increase to the set-aside at this time which will remain at 2.5% for research agencies with R&D budgets greater than $100

May 31, 2011

Spending and Debt

Appropriations  The FY12 appropriations process is in full gear in the House with many predicting that work on FY12 spending bills may be completed by December, a few months after the October 1st start of the new federal fiscal year.  The White House-led talks seeking an agreement on raising the debt ceiling are expected to yield

May 13, 2011

FY11 FIPSE Grants Cancelled

The Department of Education has cancelled their FY11 FIPSE grant process due to lack of funds.  The following explanation is posted on the Department’s website: “Congressional action on the FY 2011 budget substantially reduced funds available for grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, including new grants under the Comprehensive Program. Therefore, no

May 12, 2011

Deep Cuts Proposed for FY12

Yesterday, House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) released proposed spending allocations for FY12 that target non-defense spending for substantial cuts that are designed to roll back appropriations to FY06 levels (roughly). Like the FY11 spending deal reached last month, all spending bills except Defense face cuts under the proposed allocations. Split up among the Appropriations

May 11, 2011

Congressman Dave Reichert Visits UW

Last month, Congressman Dave Reichert visited the University of Washington to learn more about our efforts to construct a tidal energy test facility in Puget Sound.   He received a great briefing from Brian Polagye and Jim Thomson, and then toured the R/V Robertson.  While on campus, we put together a short video of the Congressman’s

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