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 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 Hope Floats for FY 2014

March 11th 2013  |  Week in Review

On Saturday, the President made his weekly address calling for an end to sequestration and throughout the week more information continued to bubble to the surface about the impact of sequester at, for instance, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Washington Highlights offers an overview [...]

Week in Review, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sequester

February 25th 2013  |  Week in Review

From all indications last week, Congress will not act to postpone the sequester currently on schedule to go into effect in less than 100 hours on March 1st. Instead, members seem to be hedging bets on the constituent response to what has been called on both sides of the aisle a “poison pill”. The strategy [...]

Week in Review, or Science and the Second Term

January 22nd 2013  |  Week in Review

Hundreds of thousands of people descended on DC yesterday to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration. Not surprisingly, science and research featured prominently in the President’s inaugural speech at the Capitol - firstly regarding climate change, saying “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires [...]

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 Still Standing Still

December 10th 2012  |  Week in Review

With only three weeks left before the end of the year, no discernible progress has been made on how to avoid the “fiscal cliff” the country is expected to face on January 1st when individual tax breaks expire and massive spending cuts (a.k.a. sequestration) kick in. Democrats and Republicans traded proposals last week, but each [...]

Week in Review, or Buttoned up Beltway

October 22nd 2012  |  Week in Review

It is pleasantly quiet in Washington these days, with all eyes on the election and particularly on “swing states” such as Colorado, where I was lucky enough to spend this past week. Sixteen days and counting until the election, when we’ll see things start to pick up here inside the beltway. Also of Note Election. [...]

Week in Review, or Election Evacuation

September 24th 2012  |  Week in Review

Members of Congress left Washington late last week, not to return until after the elections in mid-November. Although the official Congressional schedule planned for another week in session, it became clear last week that both chambers would recess early to allow more time for campaigning back home. Before departing on Saturday, the Senate passed the [...]

Week in Review, or Praising the Golden Goose

September 17th 2012  |  Week in Review

I had the pleasure last week of attending the inaugural Golden Goose Award ceremony on Capitol Hill. The GGA was the brainchild of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), who wanted to offer a counter-point to former Rep. William Proxmire’s (D-WI) Golden Fleece Award from the 1970s and 1980s which called out examples of alleged government waste, [...]