Federal Relations

Seen in DC

Since the end of July, Washington DC and the UW Office of Federal Relations welcomed no less than eleven faculty and staff from the Seattle and Bothell campuses.  Almost all were in DC to attend professional association meetings, but they were also able to spend some time speaking to representatives of federal agencies and staff of the

Rep. McDermott Leads House in Congratulating Huskies Softball

Yesterday, September 30th, Congressman Jim McDermott led colleagues in the House in congratulating the UW softball team on their national championship. H.Res. 517, sponsored by Congressman McDermott, passed the House of Representatives unanimously (421-0). In addition to praising the team, Mr. McDermott noted the importance of sports in the lives of young people and highlighted

AAAS and House R&D Caucus Discuss FY10 Funding for Science

Yesterday, September 30th, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in conjunction with the House Research & Development Caucus held a briefing on science and innovation investments in the FY10 budget. The session featured welcoming remarks by Congresswoman Judy Biggert (D-IL) and Congresswoman Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ), as well as a presentation by

President Obama Marks Midway Point of NIH Recovery Act Awards

Today, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), President Obama announced that the Administration has released nearly half ($5 billion) of the funding provided the NIH in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). To date, the University of Washington has drawn roughly $40 million in ARRA NIH awards. President Obama stated that the more

Secretary Chu Announces Competition for ARRA Funded Research Fellowships

Washington, DC – U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that up to $12.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded in early 2010 to support at least 80 graduate fellowships to U.S. students pursuing advanced degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering through the newly created Department of Energy

This Week on Capitol Hill, Sept 28–Oct 2

Congress continues  to push through appropriations bills as fiscal 2009 ends on Wednesday.  In the Senate:  considers HR 3326, 2010 Defense Spending; HR 2918, Legislative Branch and stopgap spending;   Finance Committee consinues marking up its health care overhaul bill; HR 3548 (tentative), Unemployment aid extension.  In The House:  Considers a bill to expand non-military aid to Pakistan; Considers HR

Update from Washington, DC

The congressional agenda this week will sound familiar to those who have been following the action:  Both chambers will focus on appropriations measures as the fiscal year winds down on September 30th, and Senate and House committees will continue to resolve differences on health care reform proposals. Appropriations Congress has until Wednesday night to pass

Application Period Open for UW FY11 Federal Agenda

Today, the University of Washington Office of Federal Relations released its call for proposals for inclusion in the official FY11 University of Washington Federal Agenda. The agenda will serve as the basis for advocacy efforts during the congressional appropriations process that begins early next year. Guidelines can be found by clicking the Federal Agenda Submission

FY 2010 Federal Appropriations Update

With FY09 set to come to a close on Wednesday September 30th and no FY10 appropriations bills completely through the legislative process and signed by the president, leaders in Congress are preparing a 30 day stop-gap continuing resolution (CR) that will keep the government running. A CR funds government operations (usually on a temporary basis) at the

President Obama Announces American Innovation Strategy

On Monday (9/21), President Obama announced his American Innovation Strategy. The strategy includes doubling the research and development budgets of three key science agencies: the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. The President also proposed an investment of more than 3% of the country’s Gross

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