118th Congress Starts in Limbo

The 118th Congress convened on January 3, 2022, with little progress on the election of a Speaker of the House of Representatives. Read more.

Plenty of Earmarks for Higher Education in FY2023 Omnibus Appropriations Act

Late last year, the 117th Congress passed and President Biden signed into law the FY2023 Consolidated Omnibus Appropriations Act. While this Act included important increases for higher education programs and scientific research, it also included congressionally directed spending, commonly known as earmarks, that benefit graduate education. Read more

Department of Education Reviews Rules on Accreditation

According to Insider Higher Ed, the Biden Administration will hold a series of Negotiated Rulemaking sessions in spring 2023. Read more 

DHS Proposes Increased Fees for Visa Applications

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within  the Department of Homeland Security, recently issued a proposed rule that increases immigration request fees. Read more

NIH to Hold Grants Conference

As mentioned in the December 21, 2022, Washington Insights and Highlights Newsletter, the National Institutes of Health will host a virtual grants conference on February 1 and 2, 2023. The conference is targeted to individuals new to NIH grants and/or looking to better understand the processes and policies behind NIH funding. Read more

Yemeni Students to Receive Temporary Employment Authorization

In direct result to the crisis in Yemen, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a rule extending and redesignating temporary protected status for Yemen citizens. The rule also provides relief to Yemeni students with F-1 visas so they may request employment authorization, work an increased number of hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load while continuing to maintain their F-1 nonimmigrant student status. Read more