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


April 29, 2009

FY10 Budget Resolution Finished

**UPDATE: The FY10 Budget Resolution conference agreement has been approved by the House and Senate** House and Senate conferees have reached an agreement on an FY10 Budget Resolution. A budget resolution is a non-binding budget blueprint, which does not require the President’s signature. The legislation calls for $1.096 trillion in non-emergency discretionary spending in FY10,… Read More


Conflict of Interest Rules Proposed for Medical Research

A recent report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that researchers and medical faculty members decline all gifts from medical companies and refuse to publish or present material that is ghostwritten for such companies in order to avoid real or perceive conflicts of interest.   The recommendations also suggest broader reporting requirements of researchers’ ties to… Read More


April 28, 2009

Senate Confirms HHS Chief

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services on a 65-31 vote. The confirmation comes at a critical moment, as the Obama administration deals with swine flu emergency that has surfaced in the past week. The confirmation completes President Obama’s cabinet and adds a voice to… Read More