Week in Review, or Hanging in the Balance

October 14th 2013  |  Week in Review

We are about to enter the third week of the government shutdown and ongoing issues associated with lagging federal reimbursements and furloughed staff across the country are starting to sting. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on The Impacts of the Government Shutdown on Our Economic Security on Friday. The […]

Week in Review, or Shutdown and Bound

October 7th 2013  |  Week in Review

After what seems like years of threatening to shut down the government over fiscal disagreements, Congress finally followed through on something. Senate Democrats and House Republicans failed to agree on the terms of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government funded beyond fiscal year (FY) 2013, forcing a government shut down to begin on […]

Week in Review, or Welcome Back Washington!

September 9th 2013  |  Week in Review

After another quiet and relatively cool August here in Washington, I find myself once again in denial that September is not only already here, but is also almost one-third over! If the back-to-school frenzy and significant uptick in traffic doesn’t force me to accept this reality, then the annual return of Congress from its five-week […]

Week in Review, or Debating Many Deals

July 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

With just one more week to go before the August recess, both the House and Senate are moving forward on FY 2014 spending bills while simultaneously debating what the inevitable continuing resolution (CR) will look like. Because House and Senate appropriators are operating at a $91 billion top-line spending gap, it is all but assured […]

Week in Review, or Assuming Away Sequester

June 23rd 2013  |  Week in Review

During this week’s G8 Summit of world leaders, the group developed an updated stance on nuclear weaponry and signed onto an Open Data Charter to enhance sharing of government-held data under the banner of increasing government transparency and accountability globally. Meanwhile back home, the Senate released their version of the FY 2014 302(b) allocations, which […]

Week in Review, or Starting Off Easy

June 10th 2013  |  Week in Review

The House passed its first two FY 2014 spending bills last week, the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs  and Homeland Security bills, each with a significant increase over FY 2013 post-sequestration funding levels. The House Appropriations Committee also released and passed out of subcommittee two additional FY 2014 spending bills for the Department of Defense (DoD) and […]

Week in Review, or Sliding into Summer

June 3rd 2013  |  Week in Review

Summer officially arrived in DC last week, signaled by the Memorial Day Congressional recess and the first “uh-oh-I-forgot-about-humidity” days. Luckily it was quiet, allowing some time to adjust, but this won’t last for long as Members of Congress return to DC this week to take on the farm bill, try to keep student loan interest […]

Week in Review, or Politicizing Science

May 6th 2013  |  Week in Review

In betwixt ongoing budget battles, and even during recess break, research continued to get politicized this week with House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith again vocal in his bid to overhaul the peer review process at NSF. On Monday, Chairman Smith released the text of the draft bill — the High Quality Research Act. As […]

Week in Review, or Micromanaging Research Budgets

April 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Amidst the tragedies in Boston and Texas this last week, Congress debated gun safety, immigration, and whether the Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) should have to certify all NSF research grants as “in the national interest.” Regarding the FY 2014 budget, new information emerged this week about the President’s budget request, including the […]

Week in Review, or FY 2014 Budget – The Sequel

April 15th 2013  |  Week in Review

On Wednesday April 10th, the President delivered his FY 2014 budget request to Congress. You may recall that this delivery normally takes place the first week of February, but has been delayed this year due to uncertainties surrounding the “fiscal cliff” deal and sequestration, the across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in back on March 1st. […]