Week in Review, or Picking on Peer Review

April 29th 2013  |  Week in Review

As the impacts of sequestration continue to emerge, mounting airport delays due to the across-the-board spending cuts spurred Congress into action last week. The Senate and House both passed bills (S.853/H.R. 1765) which would give the Department of Transportation additional flexibility to move funding between accounts and restore some of the furloughs (days off without [...]

Week in Review, or Sizing up the State of the Union

February 19th 2013  |  Week in Review

The President kicked off this Valentine’s Day week by delivering his first State of the Union (SOTU) speech of his second term. While the SOTU would normally be delivered to Congress in tandem with the President’s FY 2014 budget request, as previously reported that submission won’t take place until at least March due to delays [...]

Week in Review, or Done Deal?

January 2nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Happy New Year! Below is a brief update on the “fiscal cliff.” Keep an eye out for my next regular Week in Review update on Monday, January 14th. It was a tense week in Washington, with both Democrats and Republicans working together to inch the country closer to the fiscal cliff right until the last [...]

Week in Review, or Securing the Status Quo

November 12th 2012  |  Week in Review

With the election now a week behind us, it is safe to say that the overall power dynamic in DC will not change a great deal next year. President Obama will remain in the White House for a second term, and the 113th Congress will include a Democrat-controlled Senate (with 53 Democrats, 45 Republicans, and [...]

Week in Review, or Let the Jockeying Begin

October 8th 2012  |  Week in Review

Washington is quiet on this Columbus Day, as electoral politics continue to swirl around the country. Despite the calm facade, the jockeying has begun to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” expected in January as tax breaks are slated to expire and major spending cuts in the form of sequestration are slated to begin. With Fiscal [...]

Month in Review, or Cool Weather Brings Heated Politics

September 10th 2012  |  Week in Review

September is here and per usual I am busy trying to figure out what happened to August. School is back in session, traffic has returned, football has begun, parking is scarce, and it is starting to feel like fall. I even turned the air conditioning off yesterday, a pleasant surprise for this New England transplant. [...]

Week in Review, or Budget Crystal Ball

June 11th 2012  |  Week in Review

Last week kicked off on an ominous note, with the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releasing its 2012 long-term budget outlook. The CBO is a non-partisan, independent organization that provides analysis to Congress on all things economic and budgetary. The long-term budget outlook analyzed two scenarios, one in which current laws stay in place (e.g., tax [...]

Week in Review, or Dragon Docking

May 29th 2012  |  Week in Review  |  1 Comment

I was sitting in a public meeting of the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on Friday when the big screen shifted from the standard Powerpoint deck to CNN. We watched live as the Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station, representing the first feat of its kind by a commercially [...]

Week in Review, or Projecting the Budget

February 6th 2012  |  Week in Review

With one week to go before the President releases his FY 2013 budget, the House and Senate Budget Committees heard from Doug Elmendorf, Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), last week on that office’s Budget and Economic Outlook. This testimony is given annually by the CBO director and offers insight into what the next [...]

Week in Review, or Standing with Science

November 14th 2011  |  Week in Review

It’s now less than two weeks away from the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s (a.k.a. “Super Committee”) November 23rd deadline, and the details of any potential deal remain murky.  The Committee Republicans last week offered up a plan that would raise revenue through some tax reforms, but some Democrats dismissed the plan, saying that [...]