Washington Update
Week of March 13 - 17
Trump Administration Releases FY2018 Budget Proposal
This week, the Trump Administration released its FY2018 Budget Proposal. The proposal is a broad overview of the Administration's priorities. The Administration is expected to release a full FY2018 budget request in May. The current proposal would provide an additional $54 billion for national defense discretionary budget authority by reducing non-defense discretionary programs by that same amount.

The budget proposal has been met with opposition from both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill. Former House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) called the cuts in the budget proposal "draconian, careless and counterproductive." Further backlash from the Republican party is detailed in the Washington Post article here. Science Magazine wrote an analysis of the proposal with regards to science here. President Schlissel and Vice President for Research Jack Hu expressed concerns over proposed funding cuts to research, higher education, the arts and humanities.

Brief Overview of the FY18 Budget Proposal:
**FY17 numbers based on the assumption FY17 concludes with a Continuing Resolution.

  • Reduces NIH spending by $5.8B.
  • Proposes major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities.
Department of Commerce
  • Proposes eliminating the Economic Development Administration (EDA) ($221M).
  • Proposes eliminating NOAA’s grants and programs for coastal and marine management, research and education ($250M).
  • Proposes elimination of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program ($124M).
  • There is no mention of the National Science Foundation.
Department of Energy
  • Eliminates ARPA-E.
  • Cuts $900 from the DOE Office of Science (funded at $5.35B in FY16)
  • Proposes an increase of $1.4B (11.3%) for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
  • Proposes $5.7 billion for the EPA, a reduction of $2.6 billion (31%) from FY17.
  • Proposes funding the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at $250M, a $233M reduction from FY17.
  • Eliminates funding for specific regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
  • Proposes funding Categorical Grants at $597M, a $482M reduction from FY17.
  • Proposes $19.1B for NASA, a 0.8% decrease from FY17.
  • Proposes $624M for aeronautics research and development (funded at $640M in FY16)
  • Proposes $1.8B for the Earth Science division, which is a $102M decrease from FY17. The budget terminates funding for PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder.
  • Proposes elimination of the Office of Education, which houses programs such as Space Grant.

National Medal of Science -- Accepting Applications

The National Medal of Science is the Nation's highest honor for scientists and engineers and is presented annually by the President of the United States. It was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences."
Nominations are due April 7. Further information is available here.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation -- Accepting Applications

The Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is accepting nominations for the 2017 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The medal, presented each year by the President, is the country's highest award for technological achievement. The medal can be awarded to individuals, teams (up to four individuals), companies or divisions of companies to recognize their outstanding contributions to the U.S. economic, environmental, and social well-being.
Nominations are due on April 7, 2017. Further information is available here.

Legislative Activities

Next week, both the House and Senate will be in session (March 20 - 24)

Committee Activities
Tuesday, March 21

House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Research and Technology Subcommittee Hearing: National Science Foundation Part II: Future Opportunities and Challenges for Science
10:00 a.m., 2318 Rayburn

House Committee on Appropriations
Labor-HHS-Education Subcommittee Hearing: Budget Hearing -- NIH
10:00 a.m., 2358-C Rayburn

Wednesday, March 22

Senate Commerce Committee
Hearings to examine the promises and perils of emerging technologies for cybersecurity
10:00 a.m., 106 Dirksen

Senate Appropriations Committee
Defense Subcommittee Hearing: Reviewing the budget and readiness of the Department of Defense
10:30 a.m., 192 Dirksen

Highlighting U-M Faculty Serving on Federal Advisory Committees:

We are proud to feature U-M faculty and staff who are serving on a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) in our weekly newsletter. Through FACs, faculty and staff live out U-M’s mission to serve the state, nation, and world by applying their knowledge and expertise to help shape and inform national policy. If you are currently serving on a FAC, or have recently been selected to serve, please let Kristina or Madeline know.

Dr. Jennifer Read
This week, we are featuring Dr. Jennifer Read, Director of the U-M Water Center.
Dr. Read was recently appointed to serve on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, Environmental Information Services Working Group (EISWG). According to NOAA, the EISWG is a standing working group that advises the SAB on the condition and capabilities of improving communications among the various public, private, and academic entities engaged in environmental information matters and submits formal reports that identify current issues, deficiencies, recommendations for remedial action, and proposed initiatives. The EISWG is composed of 15-18 members who are by reason of knowledge, experience or training, are especially qualified to represent users of NOAA environmental information services.
To learn more about Dr. Read’s background, please click here.

Nomination Announcements
Federal Advisory Committees:
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC). CLIAC provides scientific and technical advice and guidance pertaining to general issues related to improvement in clinical laboratory quality and laboratory medicine.

Nominations are due May 1, 2017. Further information is available here.
Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).

The Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Director, CDC, and the Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) regarding the concept review, scientific and technical merit of grant and cooperative agreement assistance applications, and contract proposals relating to the causes, prevention, and control of diseases, disabilities, injuries, and impairments of public health significance; exposure to hazardous substances in the environment; health promotion and education; and other related activities that promote health and well-being.

Nominations are due March 31, 2017. Further information is available here.

NSF Advisory Committee Openings
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is accepting nominations for positions available on its scientific and technical federal advisory committees. There are 13 advisory committees accepting nominations including:
  • Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure
  • Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources
  • Advisory Committee for Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Geosciences
  • Advisory Committee for International Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Advisory Committee for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
  • Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering
  • Advisory Committee for Business and Operations
  • Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee
The federal register notice, with details on how to submit names, is available here. Nominations for membership are maintained for one year.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting nominations for appointment to nine existing Federal Advisory Committees:
  • Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
  • Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board
  • National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee
  • Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction
  • National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction
  • NIST Smart Grid Advisory Committee
  • Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Further information is available here.
Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accpeting nominations to fill vacancies on the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). The COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services and members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters related to: supply of physicians in the U.S., physician workforce trends, training issues, and financing policies.

The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
News Articles
Science Is America's Foundation--and Our Future
Who Wins and Loses in Trump’s Proposed Budget
Americans don’t understand the point of universities, according to nearly 90% of US university presidents
Rahm Emanuel, universities partner to lure tech entrepreneurs
Capitol Hill Republicans not on board with Trump budget
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