Federal Relations

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

Senator Specter Switches Parties

Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) announced today that he is switching parties and will run for re-election as a Democrat in 2010, drastically altering the balance of power in the Senate.  Specter has been a Republican for more than 40 years. His switch would make him the Democrats’ 60th vote in the Senate if Democrat Al

IES Research Funding Opportunities

The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) will host a series of webinars related to research funding opportunities in May.  Six types of webinars are planned. Click here for more information about the upcoming webinars. Click here to view

President Obama Makes Remarks to National Academy of Sciences

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ____________________________________________________________________________ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2009   Remarks of President Barack Obama – As Prepared for Delivery National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC April 27, 2009   It is my privilege to address the distinguished members of the National Academy of Sciences, as well as the

This Week on the Hill

April 27-May 1 The newest member of the House, Scott Murphy, D-NY, is expected to be sworn in early in the week. This Week in the House Under suspension of the rules: H Con Res 99 — Early educator wages H Res 335 — National Volunteer Week H Res 344 — NCAA women’s basketball HR

CGS Releases Report on Broadening Participation in Graduate Education

On April 23rd, the Council on Graduate Schools (CGS) released its latest report Broadening Participation in Graduate Education at a legislative forum featuring Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). CGS Overview: The U.S. system of higher education is arguably the best in the world, but there is a leak in the pipeline.

NOAA Releases Research Update

The research update below was recently released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). To Friends and Partners of NOAA Research: There are several news items we would like to share with you today. FY 2009 APPROPRIATIONS SUMMARY On March 11, the President signed the FY 2009 omnibus spending bill into law. The final

Sebelius Nomination Draws Fire but Advances

The nomination of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) advanced out of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday, leaving only a vote of the full Senate. What was once expected to be a rather comfortable confirmation has evolved into a rather partisan debate over President Obama’s intentions

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%),

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