April 10, 2009

AAU Provides Briefing Papers on Tax Issues Impacting Universities

Several background papers on tax issues of interest to research universities have been completed and are available on the Association of American Universities (AAU) website. Three new documents address charitable giving, Section 127 employer-provided educational benefits, and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. The documents were developed through the AAU tax issues task force, with assistance… Read More


April 9, 2009

President Obama Creates White House Office on Health Reform

On April 8th, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing a White House Office of Health Reform. The new office will provide leadership to the executive branch on federal health reform efforts. Nancy-Ann DeParle, who ran the Health Care Financing Administration under President Clinton, will direct the new office. The order also directs the Secretary… Read More


OMB Updates Guidance to Federal Agencies on Recovery Act Funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published an updated guidance on the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for federal agency and department heads.  This guidance is an update of the initial OMB guidance issued on the ARRA on February 18. Updated OMB Guidance on ARRA


National Service Bill Awaits President Obama

Before the commencement of the April District Work Period, Congress gave final approval to Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes the Corporation for National and Community Service for the first time since its inception in 2003 and significantly expands national service opportunities. See below for an overview of the legislation. President… Read More


UW Endorses Letter on Innovation to President Obama

The University of Washington, along with over 200 institutions from around the United States, has endorsed an  Association for Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) letter to President Barack Obama that commends the Administration’s pledge to provide increased federal resources for research and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The APLU letter describes STEM… Read More


April 6, 2009

House Members Post FY10 Appropriations Requests

The University of Washington has submitted fiscal year 2010 appropriations requests to the state of Washington’s congressional delegation. The requests are part of a strategic federal agenda designed to advance UW specific projects, as well as to bolster agency program accounts that the University draws from on a competitive basis. Members of Congress receive appropriations… Read More


April 3, 2009

OMB Requests Public Comment on Proposed ARRA Reporting Requirements

On April 1st, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice in the Federal Register (74FR14824) requesting comments on the standard data elements that it proposes to require for reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for grants, cooperative agreements, and loans.  The deadline for comments is May 1, 2009.  As… Read More


Congress in Recess, UW Federal Relations on Campus

Congress will be in its Spring District Work Period (recess) from April 6-17. The UW Director of Federal Relations and Assistant Director of Federal Relations will be on campus for meetings April 13-17.


Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Legislation

On Thursday April 2nd, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved Patent Reform Act of 2009 (S. 515) by 15-4 vote after an agreement was reach on how to award damages in infringement cases. The bill establishes judges as the mechanism for deciding hwat evidence can be presented to juries in determining how to award damages.  Additionally,… Read More


Hold Placed on Sebelius Nomination to HHS

Governor Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) appeared before the Senate Finance Committee for her confirmation hearing to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday April 2nd. Gov. Sebelius’ confirmation hearing centered around the impending push to overhaul of the nation’s health care system. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and other legislators… Read More