Federal Relations

Senate Approves FY10 Agriculture Spending Bill

The Senate approved their Agriculture spending bill yesterday – the fourth fiscal 2010 spending bill passed by the Senate.  Informal work to begin reconciling the four spending bills passed by both chambers is expected to occur over the August break so that conference reports can be considered in September.  Before leaving last week for its

This Week on Capitol Hill, August 3-7

Monday, August 3 The House is in recess until Tuesday, September 8th.   The Senate will reconvene at 2 p.m. to resume consideration of the fiscal 2010 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 2997). There will be a cloture vote on the substitute amendment to the measure at 5:30 p.m.   Tuesday, August 4 The Senate is

Update from Washington, DC

With the House gone for its August recess, the Senate will turn its attention this week to passing one more spending bill, replenishing the popular Cash for Clunkers program, and confirming President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, all with the aim to leave town Friday until after Labor Day. APPROPRIATIONS As

NSF Seeks Review Panelists

The National Science Foundation Academic Research Infrastructure -Recovery and Reinvestment (AR-R2) is seeking reviewers for their upcoming panels to review proposals for this program.  The announcement from NSF follows. National Science Foundation         American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) Academic Research Infrastructure – Recovery and Reinvestment (ARI-R2) July 31, 2009 Dear Colleagues The

Post-9/11 GI Bill to Take Effect

Tomorrow, Saturday August 1st, the Post-9/11 GI Bill goes into effect. It has been dubbed the most extensive educational assistance program for veterans since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944.  The new bill provides education benefits for servicemembers who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits

FY10 Agency/Program Appropriations Figures Emerging

As the House and Senate prepare for their August recess, agency/program funding levels for FY10 are becoming more clear. Below, please find a chart that captures funding for some agency/programs of particular note. It should be noted that final figures will not be determined until this fall. In Millions of Dollars Agency  Program FY09 ARRA

Secretary of Education to Participate in Aug. 7th Webinar

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in a public webinar on August 7th at 2pm. Secretary Duncan will discuss the Obama higher education agenda and take questions from campus leaders. Those interested in joining the webinar can click here for registration information.

HHS Recovery Act Funding Available to Expand Health Professions Training

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of $200 million to support grants, loans, loan repayment, and scholarships to expand the training of health care professionals.  The funds are expected to train approximately 8,000 students and credentialed health professionals by the end of fiscal year 2010.  Today’s funds are part of the $500 million

FY09 and FY10 Administrative Savings

On Monday, the Administration announced that federal agencies had met the goal set by President Obama of finding at least $100 million in administrative savings from their agency budgets.  The 77 cost-savings measures identified by agencies would yield $102 million in savings this fiscal year (FY09) and about $140 million in savings in fiscal 2010.

House Approves Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill

Last Friday, the House voted 264-153 to approve the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education spending bill for fiscal year 2010. Included in the House legislation is $73.7 billion in discretionary funding for Department of Health and Human Services programs. Funding would increase by $92 million for nursing programs, $10 million for children’s hospitals’ graduate medical education programs,

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