Federal Relations

December 17, 2012

FISCAL CLIFF COUNTDOWN: 15 DAYS

As we move into the last two weeks of the calendar year – and come ever closer to the edge of the “fiscal cliff” – House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) has offered to allow a tax increase on millionaires, which is a significant shift toward President Obama’s position on raising tax rates for the wealthy.  But…


December 14, 2012

17 Days to “Fiscal Cliff”

President Obama and House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) met for almost an hour yesterday at the White House to discuss issues related to the fiscal cliff, but there were no obvious signs of progress.  Instead, both sides appear to be holding fast to their partisan views on taxes and spending. This is the second face-to-face meeting…


December 13, 2012

NOAA Administrator Lubchenco to Resign

NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco announced today that she will step down in February, ending a four-year tenure that saw the longtime academic juggle a slate of controversial issues, from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the skyrocketing cost of weather satellites. In an email to employees yesterday, Lubchenco wrote that she was leaving NOAA to return…


December 12, 2012

FY2013 Appropriations Update

Appropriators had been hoping to move an FY2013 omnibus during the current lame duck session, but with time running out it now appears unlikely that they will move any FY2013 spending bills by the end of the year.  Instead, Congress is most likely to pass another six-month CR to cover the remainder of FY2013, probably…


STIP Internship Opportunity

The Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is currently seeking a media-focused intern for Spring 2013. The mission of STIP is to explore the scientific and technological frontier, stimulating discovery and bringing new tools to bear on public policy challenges that emerge as science advances. Specific project…


December 11, 2012

Three weeks to “Fiscal Cliff”

“Fiscal cliff” discussions continue to dominate the public airwaves as the White House continues to negotiate with House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) on a possible deal.  The word on the street today is that the Speaker has asked the White House for more details about its position on taxes, and the President’s team has asked the House…


Sequester is “Uncharted Territory”

I was recently interviewed by Scientific American for an article on the impact of sequestration on NIH funding.  My quote: “We are in uncharted territory if the sequester takes effect.”


December 8, 2012

NIH Announces New Director of CSR

On December 3rd, NIH Director Francis Collins announced the selection of Richard Nakamura, Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Dr. Nakamura has been serving as the acting director of CSR since September 2011 and has previously been both the scientific director and the deputy director of the National…


December 7, 2012

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in WA State

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has updated its states website to link to EERE resources for each state. The new site is called Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in My State and links to state-specific content published by EERE. The site also publishes graphs of DOE energy…


December 6, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Countdown: 26 Days

Negotiations continue between the Obama administration and congressional leaders on deficit reduction legislation that would need to be approved by Congress before the end of the year to avoid the sequester and tax increases. Last week the President released his proposal, which took a hard line on both taxes and entitlement spending, with increased tax…


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