Federal Relations

AAU and the Department of Energy Seek ARPA-E Nominations

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is asking its member campuses to recommend individuals to serve as temporary personnel to help organize the new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).  The Department of Energy (DoE) is looking for individuals with the knowledge and expertise to help it organize the new agency.  These individuals would serve as temporary program managers

UW and National Education Associations Seek Pell Grant Entitlement

As the 111th Congress returns to regular session this week, the University of Washington and several higher education associations have sent letters to lawmakers in a show of support for the President’s proposal to make the Pell Grant program an entitlement. Such a move would provide annual increases equivalent to inflation (plus an additional 1%),

NIH Short-Term Faculty Recruitment Program Deadline Approaching

The deadline for submitting letters of intent to participate in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) short-term faculty recruitment program is April 29, 2009. Final applications are due one month later, on May 29.  NIH plans to obligate up to $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funds for the program by September 30, 2010, contingent

President Obama Nominates Director of DoE Office of Science

President Obama has nominated Princeton University physicist William F. Brinkman to head the $5 billion Department of Energy Office of Science. William F. Brinkman is currently a Senior Research Physicist in the Physics Department at Princeton University.  Prior to working for Princeton, he was Vice President (now retired) of Research from Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, Murray

NIH Issues RFA for $200 Million in Recovery Act Funding

The National Institutes of Health seeks applicants for $200 million in grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for large-scale research projects that are likely to spur growth and investment in biomedical research, public health and health care delivery. Funding priorities include research on information technology that lets physicians share radiological images across health

National Science Board Recommends Comprehensive Federal Strategy to Transform U.S. Energy Economy

National Science Foundation Press Release, April 14, 2009 The National Science Board (NSB) today released a draft report, “Building a Sustainable Energy Future,” for public review and comment.  The report calls on the nation to lead the fundamental transformation of the current energy economy from one that is dependent on fossil fuel to one that thrives on

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

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

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

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