Federal Relations

Proposed FY10 Funding for Oceans Research

Below, please find an overview of funding provided for ocean research — thus far — in the FY10 appropriations process. The FY10 appropriations process will continue to play out over the course of the summer and early fall, with final bills expected by the start of the new fiscal year on October 1, 2009. NSF

The Week at a Glance on Capitol Hill June 29-July 3

Congress is in recess this week.  The Senate will reconvene Monday, July 6th and the House will reconvene Tuesday, July 7th.  Next week the Senate Appropriations (Full) Committee will mark up the FY2010 Agriculture  and Military Construction appropriations.   The full committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions will continue its markup on Health Care Overhaul.

House Approves Comprehensive Clean Energy Bill

Late Friday night, before the commencement of a July 4th District Work Period (a.k.a. recess), the House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act by a slim 219-212 vote margin. The legislation; sponsored by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-MA),

Department of Education Revamps Student Aid Application Process

**The following press release was made available by the Department of Education on June 24th** The Obama Administration today announced a shorter, simpler, and more user friendly Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that will make it easier to apply for college financial aid. The changes—some of which are already in place while others

House FY10 Energy & Water Spending Bill Advances

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water has advanced a spending bill for fiscal year 2010. The legislation funds the Department of Energy Office of Science at the President’s Budget Request of $4.94 billion. The legislation also adds $20 million for fusion energy sciences. At this point, information on the proposed Innovation Hubs and

Senate Advances CJS and Interior-Enviornment Appropriations Bills

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations committee marked up the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) Appropriations bill and the Interior-Environment Appropriations bill. The CJS bill funds OSTP, NASA, NSF, NOAA, and NIST among others. Interior-Environment Appropriations bill funds the NEH, NEA, EPA Office of Science, and the US Geological Survey. Highlights of the two bills are provided below. Summary: FY 2010

New OMB Guidance on Recovery Act Reporting Released

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released additional Implementing Guidance for the Reports on Use of Funds Pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (OMB Memorandum M-09-21).  The guidance is available on the OMB website, and on the Recovery Act website.

NOAA OAR FY10 Appropriations Update

Late Thursday of last week, the House passed (by a vote of 259-157) its fiscal 2010 Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) measure, HR 2847. The House measure provides $4.6 B for NOAA, and strongly supports NOAA research. The request for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) in the FY 2010 President’s Budget (PB) is fully funded,

Week at a Glance: June 22-26

Source: CQ Today Print Edition Monday The House is not in session. The Senate will consider S 1023, Promoting U.S. tourism Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions marks up draft health care legislation Tuesday IN THE HOUSE The House will consider (among other legislation): HR 762            Patent number validation HR 1945          Tule River

APLU Calls for Increased College Degree Attainment

The memorandum below was released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). To:          APLU Presidents and Chancellors Cc:          All APLU Councils and Commissions From:      Peter McPherson, President Date:       June 22, 2009 Re:          Goal of 55% of young adults obtaining a college degree by 2025 Saturday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal contained an op-ed

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