Federal Relations

This Week on Capitol Hill January 11-15

The Senate is not in session this week.  They are expected to reconvene for letislative business next week. The House returns for legislative business on Wednesday, 1/13/10.  They are expected to pass HR 2646 which expands the comptroller general’s oversight authority.  They are also expected to table or refer to committee  President Obama’s veto of

ARPA-E to Host Energy Innovation Summit in DC

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) will host its first-ever energy innovation summit in March to “serve as a forum for the nation’s energy leaders to share ideas, collaborate, and begin building the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies.” The meeting, which will be held March 1-3, 2010, at

DARPA Young Faculty Award Released

Full Proposals are due by 4:00PM ET, February 5, 2010 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency often selects its research efforts through the Research Announcement (RA) process.  The RA will appear on the Grants.gov website http://www.grants.gov/.  The following information is for those wishing to respond to the RA. The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program

This Week on Capitol Hill January 4-8

Both the House and the Senate will meet in a pro forma session on Tuesday, January 5th.  The House will not meet for legislative business until Tuesday, January 12th.  The Senate is not expected to meet for legislative business until Wednesday, January 20th.

Department of Energy Announces Details on Hubs

Department of Energy to Invest $366M in Energy Innovation Hubs Funding Opportunity Announcement for Fuels from Sunlight Hub is Issued Washington, DC – U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today outlined the Department’s plans to invest up to $366 million to establish and operate three new Energy Innovation Hubs focused on accelerating research and

This Week on Capitol Hall December 21-25

The Senate is scheduled to remain in session for at least part of this week as it continues consideration of HR 3590, Health Care Overhaul.  The House will meet at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, December 23rd, and at 10:00 am Saturday, December 26 for pro formas sessions.  [During pro forma sessions, no legislative business is conducted

FY10 Appropriations Process Comes to an End

**Chart Updated 12/22** With passage of the Defense Appropriations bill in the Senate over the past weekend, the FY10 appropriations process came to an end. The 2010 process included nearly $11 million of appropriations specifically for the University of Washington, including: $4.6 million for the Institute for Simulation and Interprofessional Studies, $4 million for the

Secretary of Educations Pens Op-Ed on Student Loan Overhaul

Yesterday, The Wall Street Journal, published an op-ed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. In the piece, Secretary Duncan makes the case that banks don’t belong in the federal student loan business and that the subsidies they currently receive through Federal Family Education Loan program would be better spent on student aid. The Senate

House Passes Jobs Bill with Higher Ed. Provisions

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a jobs package (H.R. 2847 -Jobs for Mainstreet Act of 2010) that provides $75 billion of unspent funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) for assistance to states and local governments in avoiding government layoffs and supporting infrastructure repair and modernization.  Of note to the higher education community

This Week on Capitol Hill December 14-18

The Senate is expected to spend the week working through amendments to a health care overhaul bill. Both chambers are also expected to take up a Defense spending bill that will likely serve as a vehicle for several other end-of-year measures. Later in the week, the House will take up bills on community radio, and

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