June 9, 2017

Congressional Update


Budget, Appropriations and Debt Limit

Although Congress has yet to agree on a budget for FY 2018 and it is unclear whether spending bills will be written to spending caps set under sequestration, House and Senate Appropriations committees are beginning their work.


White House Update


Issues on Immigration Policies Persist

Last week, the White House asked the Supreme Court to lift a lower court injunction that has blocked its controversial travel ban.


Department of Education News


Positions in the Department are Being Filled

The Education Department has named Kathleen Smith senior advisor to the assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education and acting assistant secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education.


National Science Foundation News


Source of Funding for PhD Candidates in Environmental Sciences Cut

In a Dear Colleague letter sent on Tuesday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that it would no longer offer PhD candidates the opportunity to submit proposals for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIGs) through either its Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) or its Division of Environmental Biology (DEB).


National Institutes of Health News


Collins to Remain NIH Director

Francis Collins will officially stay on as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


Reports and Studies


Age Bias and Early-Career Researchers

A new analysis argues that age bias is a factor in a reduction of federal funding to early-career researchers. 


Advocacy Opportunity


There are two webinars and livestreams mentioned in this week’s newsletter, one from the National Science Board focusing on indirect costs rates and another from the National Conference of State Legislatures looking at how states and localities are handling immigration issues. 




Action on Immigration Issues at the State and Local Level

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) is co-sponsoring an event on immigration and state legislative action on how state legislatures are filling the gaps on immigration reform, creating innovative local policies to support foreign-born workers, and fostering immigrant integration in their districts.


Quips and Quotes


The Wall Street Journal looked at “The Diminishing Returns of a College Degree.”


Website Resources


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