Federal Relations

February 16, 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016 (SCOTUS Edition)

On Saturday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead of natural causes in a ranch in the Big Bend area of West Texas at Cibo Creek Ranch. He was 79. Having died in such a remote area, the declaring the justice dead, and disseminating the news of the his death, caused some some issue. Known for…


February 12, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, February 8-12

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Falling Apart – Congress and the White House were so close to a grand bargain, and then, shortly, the $4 trillion ‘grand bargain’ collapsed. Read more in Roll Call.   Mandatory vs. Discretionary – In December, Congress and the White House came to a two-year…


February 10, 2016

House on Science in the “National Interest”, White House Threatens to Veto

The House will take up a bill today, HR 3293 – Scientific Research in the National Interest Act, that would require the National Science Foundation to show the grants it doles out to scientists are in the national interest. Similar to previous measures restricting NSF sponsored by Congressman Lamar Smith, the legislation is expected to pass. Predictably,…


February 9, 2016

President Releases FY2017 Budget

Today, President Barack Obama proposed a $4.23 trillion FY 2017 budget, which will be his last in office. Overall, the White House’s proposal sticks with the discretionary spending limits set by last year’s budget deal. Predictably the lame-duck budget was met with dismissal by Congress. Republican appropriators are complaining that the Administration is circumventing the…


February 5, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, February 1-5

Here’s a selection of articles the Federal Relations team is enjoying this week. Border Wars –  Though, state institutions were founded to serve the people of their states, but in a bid to maximize tuition revenue as state support for higher education drops, they are enrolling record numbers of students from elsewhere. Read more in The Washington Post. …


February 3, 2016

Department of Education Seeks Summer Interns

The Department of Education announced it is recruiting interns for Summer 2016. The program is sure provide opportunities to learn about education policy in the nation’s capital. From the ED Homeroom blog: “Have you ever wondered about pursuing a federal career? Are you interested in public service? Would you like to gain valuable work experience…


January 28, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, January 25-29

As DC digs out under several feet of snow, here’s a selection of articles the federal relations team has been enjoying. Importing Bias – Researchers at Baylor University set out to determine whether stereotypes of these minority groups are commonly believed by white freshmen and found their suspicions confirmed. Read more in The Atlantic.  Waiving to…


January 27, 2016

Endowments Fall 2.4%

Colleges saw significantly lower returns on their endowments in the 2015 fiscal year. The annual NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments found that 812 colleges returned an average of just 2.4 percent after fees, down from 15.5 percent in 2014 and the lowest return since the -0.3 percent reported for 2012. The long-term return was well below…


January 25, 2016

Snow Week

Congress has screeched to a halt this week as DC continues to be quagmired in snow by Snowzilla. A blizzard that blanketed the Northeast this weekend has disrupted the congressional calendar, with the House canceling all votes for the week and the Senate pushing its first vote to Wednesday evening. Congressional Democrats still plan on gather…


January 22, 2016

DC Paralyzed by Snow, Watch Live!!

The DC, Maryland and Virginia area has been preparing all week for ever increasing snow forecasts. Nothing scares the District more than weather. Check out the professional predictions of the Capitol’s impending doom at The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, or you can watch storm Jonas LIVE courtsey of Speaker Paul Ryan.    


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