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Week of May 13th - May 17th
Appropriations Update

This week, multiple House Appropriations Subcommittees approved several bills. Further details on the bills will become available once the full Committee considers the legislation. However, below is a table with some highlights that we know now. Below the table are links to the individual bills, summaries and news coverage.

FY20 Appropriations Activity (numbers in millions of $)
 

Agency/Program

FY20 House Committee FY19 Enacted Change from FY19 Enacted % Change
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies        
EPA Office of Science and Technology 728 718 10 1.4%
Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies         
DOE Office of Science 6,870 6,585 285 4.3%
ARPA-E 425 366 59 16.1%
Defense        
Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) 920 1,171 -251 -21.4%
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies        
U.S. Census Bureau 8,750 3,821 4,929 129%
NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership 154 140 14 10%
NASA Science Mission Directorate 7,161 6,905 256 3.7%
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate 700 725 -25 -3.4%
NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate 1,292 927 365 39%
NASA Space Grant 48 44 4 9.1%
National Science Foundation 8,636 8,075 561 6.9%

House Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies FY20 Appropriations: House Appropriations Committee Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies FY20 Appropriations: House Appropriations Committee Defense FY20 Appropriations: House Appropriations Committee Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies FY20 Appropriations:

ARPA-E Offering $20 Million in Funding for Artificial Intelligence Projects

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently announced a new program that is soliciting funding requests for projects related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

The goal of the Design Intelligence for Formidable Energy Reduction Engendering Numerous Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) program is "to enhance energy innovation by incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into energy technology development."

Applications are due on Monday May 20th, 2019. For more information, please visit the program site here and apply here.


National Science Board Accepting Nominations for 2020-2026 Class

The National Science Board (NSB) is currently accepting nominations for the NSB Class of 2020-2026. Recommendations are encouraged from individuals at leading scientific, engineering, and educational organizations.

Applications are due by May 31st, 2019. For more information, please see the press release here and the application site here.


Legislative Activities

The House and Senate will be in session next week, May 20th-24th.

Committee Hearings

Tuesday, May 21st

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Climate Change and the Agriculture Sector
9:30 a.m., 328A Russell

Senate Judiciary Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Understanding the Digital Advertising Ecosystem and the Impact of Data Privacy and Competition Policy
10:00 a.m., 226 Dirksen

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Examine Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Efforts in the U.S.
10:00 a.m., 366 Dirksen

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Health Subcommittee Hearing: Improving Drug Pricing Transparency and Lowering Prices for American Consumers
10:30 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

House Administration Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Oversight of the Election Assistance Commission
2:00 p.m., 1310 Longworth

House Homeland Security Committee
Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing: Growing and Diversifying the Cyber Talent Pipeline
2:00 p.m., 310 Cannon

House Natural Resources Committee
Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing: Examining the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Proposal for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2:00 p.m., 1324 Longworth

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee
Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee Hearing: Optimizing for Engagement: Understanding the Use of Persuasive Technology on Internet Platforms
2:30 p.m., 106 Dirksen

Wednesday, May 22nd

Senate Aging Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Aging and Disability in the 21st Century: How Technology Can Help Maintain Health and Quality of Life
9:30 a.m., 562 Dirksen

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Examining Legislation to Address the Risks Associated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
10:00 a.m., 406 Dirksen

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Hearing: Policies, Recommendations, and Impacts of the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Request
10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn

House Budget Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System
10:00 a.m., 210 Cannon

House Natural Resources Committee
Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Subcommittee Hearing: Responding to the Global Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
10:00 a.m., 1324 Longworth

House Energy and Commerce Committee
Full Committee Hearing: LIFT America: Modernizing Our Infrastructure for the Future
10:00 a.m., 2123 Rayburn

House Oversight and Reform Committee
National Security Subcommittee Hearing: Securing U.S. Election Infrastructure and Protecting Political Discourse
2:00 p.m., 2154 Rayburn

Department of Energy Announces Funding Opportunity for Graduate Student Training Program in Particle Accelerator Science and Technology

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced a funding opportunity for institutions of higher education that develop graduate student training programs in the science and technology of particle accelerators. The goal of the program is "to help build the highly technical workforce needed to sustain U.S. capabilities in this area."

Applications are sought from U.S. colleges and universities and include the development of a program curriculum that is both innovative and includes a rigorous thesis or dissertation component. There is also an expectation of forming a partnership with one or more DOE National Laboratory. 

Applications are due on Friday May 31st, 2019. For more information, please see the announcement here and the application here.


Women's Congressional Policy Institute Seeking Fellow Applications 

The Women’s Congressional Policy Institute is accepting applications for the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy. The fellowships are for a select number of students pursuing a graduate degree or those who have recently completed a master’s, doctorate, or professional degree with a proven commitment to equity for women. Fellows gain practical policymaking experience and graduate credit as they work from January to August in Congressional offices.

Applications are due on Monday June 3rd, 2019. For more information, please see the program site here.


Funding Available: National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support

The Office of the President now funds awards to support faculty travel for public engagement activities. 

According to the Office of the President, this funding is intended for any faculty member who has been specifically invited to attend and offer contributions because of their expertise at the national level and where travel funding is not otherwise provided. Such activities might include expert testimony to Congress, national leadership service, or involvement in national advisory positions. This initiative aligns with the president's emphasis on the importance of public engagement by members of the entire U-M community.
 
For more information on the travel awards or to apply, please visit the National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support page.


Fellowship Resources for Faculty and Students

The Office of Federal Relations for Research maintains a listing of available S&T policy fellowships for members of the Michigan community at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty.
 
For more information about these opportunities and to see the listings, please visit the Federal Relations for Research website here.

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 Andrew know.

Professor Richard Rood


 
This month, we are featuring Richard Rood, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, as well as a Professor in the School of the Environment and Sustainability and a Dow Sustainability Distinguished Faculty Fellow.   
 
Professor Rood serves on the Earth Science Advisory Committee (ESAC), as part of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA. The ESAC advises NASA leadership on the advancement of scientific knowledge of the Earth system and the improvement of the scientific basis for policy decisions. The ESAC’s recommendations and analysis can be used to inform decisions on the programmatic scope and priorities, as well as the implementation of earth science programs. The ESAC participates in annual reviews of the entire NASA earth science program. Professor Rood’s expertise is on modeling, and especially, modeling in the weather and climate parts of the program.
 
Through his work on the ESAC, Professor Rood has contributed to the annual reviews and evaluation of NASA’s Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) goals.  The committee’s reports are public and archived here.
 
Professor Rood is also active in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) emerging Unified Forecast System (UFS). Rood serves as community co-chair of the UFS – Steering Committee. The Steering Committee’s weekly activities are documented here. Rood assumed this role in UFS Governance after serving as the co-chair of the Model Advisory Committee (UMAC).  This work receives regular attention in the press, where improvement of the nation’s weather forecasting capability is the subject of scrutiny, for example this article from last summer.
 
To learn more about Professor Rood’s background and research areas, please click here.
Nomination Announcements
 
Federal Advisory Committees:
 
Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is seeking nominations for membership on the Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC). The ETAAC provides input on the IRS organizational strategy for the electronic tax administration. Expertise in cybersecurity and information security, tax software development, tax preparation, payroll and tax financial product processing, systems management and improvement, implementation of customer service initiatives, public administration, and consumer advocacy is particularly sought. 
 
Nominations are due May 29th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Board of Scientific Counselors
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (BSC, NCIPC). The BSC advises on the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of promising evidence-based strategies for the prevention of injury and violence. Expertise in surveillance, basic epidemiological research, and intervention research is particularly sought.
 
Nominations are due May 31st, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee Nominations
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) within the Department of Transportation is looking for nominations for membership on the Lithium Battery Safety Advisory Committee. The Committee advises on communication among manufacturers of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries, manufacturers of products incorporating both large and small lithium ion and lithium metal batteries, air carriers, and the Federal Government in order to facilitate the safe transportation of lithium ion and lithium metal cells and batteries and improve the effectiveness and economic and social impacts of related regulation.
 
Nominations are due June 4th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health
The Department of Labor is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health. The Board was formed to support Part E of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and, according to the notice, advises the Secretary of Labor on issues related to "Site Exposure Matrices (SEM); medical guidance for claims examiners for claims with the EEOICPA program, with respect to the weighing of the medical evidence of claimants; evidentiary requirements for claims under Part B of EEOICPA related to lung disease; and the work of industrial hygienists and staff physicians and consulting physicians of the Department of Labor and reports of such hygienists and physicians to ensure quality, objectivity, and consistency." A member of the medical and/or scientific community is sought for the current vacancy.
 
Nominations are due June 5th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations for the newly established Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee. The Committee will identify areas for improved coordination related to substance abuse across all relevant Federal agencies and provide recommendations for improving Federal programs regarding substance use disorders. They will also analyze substance use disorder prevention and treatment strategies in different regions of and populations in the United States and evaluate the extent to which Federal substance use disorder and treatment strategies are aligned with State and local substance disorder and treatment strategies.

Nominations are due June 14th, 2019. Further information is available here.

Bureau of Industry and Security Technical Advisory Committees
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the Department of Commerce is seeking nominations to serve on one of their Technical Advisory Committees (TAC) that advise the Department of Commerce on the technical parameters for export controls applicable to dual-use items (commodities, software, and technology) and on the administration of those controls. The seven committees include:
  • Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee
  • Materials Technical Advisory Committee
  • Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee
  • Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee
  • Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee
  • Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee
  • Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee
Nominations are due June 15th, 2019. Further information is available here.

National Biodefense Science Board
The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking nominations for the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The NBSB advises the HHS Secretary on current and future trends, challenges, and opportunities presented by advances in biological and life sciences, biotechnology, and genetic engineering with respect to threats posed by naturally occurring infectious diseases and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents. Nominations are sought from "the nation's preeminent scientific, public health, and medical experts."
 
Nominations are due June 15th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women (ACBCYW). The ACBCYW advises the CDC on issues related to cancer prevention and treatment, including promoting awareness in younger women. Nominations are sought from members of the public with expertise in the fields of "breast health, breast cancer, disease prevention and risk reduction, survivorship (including metastatic breast cancer), hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), or in related disciplines with a specific focus on young women."
 
Nominations are due July 8th, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). The HICPAC is made up of experts in fields related to infectious diseases and healthcare and advise the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services on the best practices for infection control and strategies for surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and related events in the US. Nominations are especially sought from those with expertise in "the fields of infectious diseases, infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology, nursing, environmental and clinical microbiology, surgery, internal medicine, and public health."
 
Nominations are due August 2nd, 2019. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The ACTPCMD provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (Secretary), the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning policy, program development, and other matters of significance concerning the medicine and dentistry activities.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA Council on Graduate Medical Education
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates for appointment as members of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME). COGME provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce on matters concerning the supply and distribution of physicians in the United States, physician workforce trends, training issues, financing policies, and other matters of significance related to physician workforce and graduate medical education.
 
Nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis. Further information is available here.
 
HRSA National Advisory Council on Migrant Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting nominations to fill vacancies on the National Council on Migrant Health (NACMH). The NACMH consults with and makes recommendations to the HHS Secretary and the HRSA Administrator concerning the organization, operation, selection, and funding of migrant health centers.
 
The agency will receive nominations on a continuous basis. 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 eight 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;
  • 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

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