Federal Relations

September 17, 2009

Full House Passes Landmark Student Aid Bill

Today, the full House of Representatives passed the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009 (HR 3221) by a 253-171 vote. The bill utilizes savings from the elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) in favor of 100% college/university participation in the Direct Loan program. The legislation would index future Pell increases

September 14, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill, September 14-18

Monday, September 14 Floor Action: The Senate will resume consideration of the fiscal 2010 Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill (HR 3288). Roll call votes are possible after 5:30 p.m.  The House is expected to take up several measures under suspension of the rules. Votes expected at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 15 Both the House and the Senate

Update from Washington, DC

This week, lawmakers will attempt to clear the decks of routine legislative business on the floors of each chamber so that they can continue to give their full attention to how to move major aspects of Democrats’ signature priorities: healthcare reform and climate change legislation. The House will take up a bill to overhaul the

September 10, 2009

Student Aid Legislation on the Table in Senate

As Congress returned from August recess earlier this week, student aid advocates immediately focused their efforts on the Senate. In the coming weeks, the Senate will likely consider a companion bill to the House Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (HR 3221) -which passed easily in the House Education and Labor Committee on July 21st.

National Science Board Seeking Nominations for Public Service Recognition

The National Science Board (NSB) Public Service Award honors individuals who and groups that have made substantial contributions to increasing public understanding of science and engineering in the United States.  These contributions may be in a wide variety of areas that have the potential of contributing to public understanding of and appreciation for science and

September 9, 2009

This Week on Capitol Hill, September 8-11

The House and Senate reconvened yesterday, September 8th, after the August District Work Period.   First up on the Senate agenda was S 1023, the Travel Promotion Act of 2009.  The House took up several measures under suspension of the rules.  Both the House and Senate will be in session today and Thursday. This evening, Wednesday,

September 8, 2009

ARPA-E Seeks Stakeholder Input

The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) is seeking public and stakeholder input on 1) programmatic areas well suited for support by ARPA-E and 2) specific scientific and technological opportunities to overcome key technological roadblocks to the development of widely market deployable transformational technologies relevant to the ARPA-E mission. The information collected through

September 7, 2009

Update from Washington, DC

Congress returns to work this week after a fractious August recess during which lawmakers were confronted about the public health insurance option and other contentious elements in Democratic health reform bills.  Policy experts already are identifying less controversial proposals that could attract support from moderate Democrats and even some Republicans. Lawmakers hope to come up

August 24, 2009

NSF Set to Implement Responsible Conduct in Research Policy

SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is announcing its implementation of Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act. This section of the Act requires that “each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in

August 21, 2009

New CDC H1N1 Guidance for Universities

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Education (ED) Secretary Arne Duncan joined with Dr. Beth Bell, Deputy Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to announce new guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to plan for and

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