May 7, 2009

White House Posts FY10 Budget Request Details

The White House Office of Management and Budget has posted the FY10 President’s Budget Request Appendix to its website. The document provides details on requested agency and program funding levels. Additional details and analyses are forthcoming. FY10 President’s Budget Request Appendix


DOE Announces Recovery Act Grant Competitions for Biofuels Projects

Recovery Act Announcement: Secretary Chu Announces Nearly $800 Million from Recovery Act to Accelerate Biofuels Research and Commercialization As part of the ongoing effort to increase the use of domestic renewable fuels, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today announced plans to provide $786.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to accelerate advanced… Read More


May 6, 2009

President’s FY10 Budget Request Set to be Released

On Thursday May 7th President Obama’s FY10 Budget Request (a.k.a. PBR) will be formally released. Federal agencies will begin holding briefings on the contents of their budget proposals. The UW Office of Federal Relations will provide full coverage, on this website, of the components of the FY10 PBR that are of interest to the higher… Read More


May 5, 2009

This Week on the Hill: May 4-8

TUESDAY AND REMAINDER OF THE WEEK House Convenes 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday. No votes expected Friday. Under suspension of the rules: HR 774 , HR 1397 , HR 1271 — Facility namings H Res 299 — Honoring public servants H Res 382 — Charter Schools Week H Res 338 — Community… Read More


May 4, 2009

Seen in DC

Even though the appropriations application process is completed, and the stimulus package is being implemented, the Office of Federal Relations continues to welcome university representatives who are in Washington DC for meetings or who want to speak with Capitol Hill staff and/or agency representatives concerning the projects that their college is involved in. Norm Arkans, Associate… Read More


Washington Post Article on Obama Student Aid Reforms

Today’s Washington Post has a very informative article on President Obama’s proposals to increase student aid for college students. The article focuses on an increase in the Pell Grant program through elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan Program, and expansion of the Perkins Loan program. May 4th Washington Post: Proposals Would Transform College Aid


Senate Finance Committee Releases Options to Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have released a set of policy options for transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient care and reduce health care costs. Among other options, their proposals would: Establish a Medicare value-based purchasing program for hospitals and begin to pay hospitals… Read More


May 1, 2009

Obama Administrations Seeks Input on Scientific Openness

Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration The President is championing a new climate of openness, collaboration, transparency and accountability in government, as well as respect for maintaining the integrity of science in governmental agencies. Your help is requested in developing guidelines to enable these goals to be achieved. For science to guide our… Read More


April 30, 2009

NHA Releases FY10 Budget Advocacy Update

Provided by the National Humanities Alliance NATIONAL HUMANITIES ALLIANCE TESTIFIES FOR INCREASED NEH FUNDING On Thursday, April 23, National Humanities Alliance Vice President and American Council of Learned Societies President, Pauline Yu, testified before the House Interior, Environment, & Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee for increased funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Ms. Yu… Read More


VA Announces Post-9/11 GI Bill Application Availability

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Starting May 1, 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs will begin accepting applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.  The application form is available online. The form requires that individuals currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Typically… Read More