Congress

April 23, 2015. Washington, DC On April 22, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology voted 19-16 long party lines to pass an amended version of the American COMPETES Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) after a day-long markup of the bill. The legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act would authorize research, engineering, and education programs supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). H.R. 1806 did...

On Monday, February 2, President Barack Obama released his FY 2016 budget proposal. It is important to note that the President’s budget is a symbolic document intended to guide Congress and accentuate the President’s legislative priorities. The budget proposes to end sequestration, fully withdrawing it for domestic priorities in 2016, matched by equal dollar increases for defense funding. (That provides an additional $37 billion for non-defense discretionary spending). This is an important fix to federal budget policy that many higher...

July 17, 2014. Washington, DC - Because of my work as Washington government relations professional for entities that continually have in interest in securing federal funding through grants and contracts so tracking the spending trends of the federal government is essential. So why is this important?  If you have priorities for which you are seeking federal funding, an analysis of when and where the government spends its money is critical to your planning in submitting competitive grant applications and request for proposals...

Washington D.C, 23.05.2014 - On May 21, 2014, I participated on a stakeholder conference call hosted by the U.S. Department of Education to provide an overview and details of the new First in the World (FITW) Grant competition.  The notice for the grant solicitation was published in the May 16 Federal Register, and can be found here.  Two identical webinars will be held, one on May 28 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm (EST) and a second on June 4 at...

May 21, 2014, Washington, DC. The House and Senate leadership have announced the release of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislation to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which was due for reauthorization eleven years ago. While the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) passed reauthorization legislation last July, the bill has yet to come to the Senate floor. Instead, Republican and Democratic leaders in the House and Senate have been negotiating a compromise between the...

04.23.2014 - WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will join U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx to conduct a tour highlighting joint agency investments in Memphis through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The tour will include an overview of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ investments at the Harahan Bridge, a visit to the Aerotropolis FedEx facility, the Broad Avenue business corridor,...

4.16.14 - Washington D.C. The Department of Labor released the grant application for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program today. The program, originally outlined in the stimulus, has distributed $1.5 billion in grants to over 800 community colleges over the last three years. The final, $450 million round of grants will go to applicants with plans to boost employer engagement in worker training and create smoother career paths from college into the workforce, as well as better data...