Washington Update
Week of January 2 - 6
Congress Returns to Washington, D.C.
This week, the Senate and House of Representatives returned to Washington, D.C. after the holiday recess. On Tuesday, January 3, Members were sworn into the 115th Congress.

Michigan welcomes two new Members to the House of Representatives:

Jack Bergman (R) has been elected to replace Rep. Dan Benishek in the first congressional district. Rep. Bergman is a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general. He received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and an M.B.A. degree from the University of West Florida. To learn more about Rep. Bergman, click here.

Paul Mitchell (R) was sworn in to replace Rep. Candice Miller in the tenth congressional district. Upon graduation from Michigan State University, Rep. Mitchell spent the majority of his career at Ross Medical Education Center, a for-profit allied-health school with locations across several states. Upon leaving Ross in 2011, Rep. Mitchell ran for the MI State Senate (32nd District) and the U.S. House of Representatives (4th District) before winning this seat. To learn more about Rep. Mitchell, click here.

This week, the House adopted their rules package for the 115th Congress. The Senate spent the week debating a budget resolution measure, which could pave the way to dismantle portions of the Affordable Care Act.

House Fetal Tissue Panel Concludes
On January 4, the House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives released its final report. The House panel was created in the 114th Congress to investigate sales of fetal tissue after a series of videos were released allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue. The panel was not re-authorized for the 115th Congress. The panel issued subpoenas to a number of scientists and healthcare providers and also recommended further investigation of certain businesses and universities. The final report urged Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and ban federal funding for research that uses tissue derived from abortions.

Key Committee Changes

We will update this section as more Committee assignments are made. Currently, the key Committee changes for the 115th Congress are:

Representative John Moolenaar:
For the first time since 2011, Michigan will have a Member of Congress on the Appropriations Committee. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Moolenaar will give up his spot on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. Rep. Moolenaar stated: Oversight of government spending is an important responsibility and one that I take very seriously. I will fight to make sure government uses taxpayer dollars wisely, stays within its means, and is accountable to the needs of Michigan’s hardworking families.”

Representative Debbie Dingell:
Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Debbie Dingell will give up her spot on the House Budget Committee and House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Dingell stated: “The issues before E&C are those that drive the economy in Michigan, including promoting manufacturing and job growth, protecting the Great Lakes, building a 21st century auto industry, and providing quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans. These are also the issues that drive my passion, and among my top priorities will be supporting the development and deployment of connected and automated vehicles, which represent the future of mobility, and crafting health care and long-term care policies that will support our families as they grow older."

Representative Tim Walberg:
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep. Walberg stated: “In this new role, I look forward to playing a central part in our work to restore patient-centered health care, streamline burdensome regulations, and unleash innovation and job growth. During former Chairman Upton’s tenure, the committee was a powerhouse of bipartisan results, and I know that record of success will continue to grow under Chairman Walden’s proven leadership.” Rep. Walberg will give up his positions on the House Education and Workforce Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Senator Gary Peters
Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) was appointed to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Peters stated: “I look forward to being a strong voice in the Senate for Michigan’s servicemembers, veterans, military installations and the defense manufacturers that help our military complete their mission safely and effectively."

Cabinet Exit Memos Available Online
President Obama asked each member of his Cabinet to write an Exit Memo on the progress made, their vision for the country's future, and the work that remains in order to achieve that vision. Read President Obama's full cover letter here.

The Cabinet exit memos can be found here. Of potential interest to the research community:

Legislative Activities

Wednesday January 11

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education
10:00 a.m., 430 Dirksen

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Nomination of Elaine Chao to serve as Secretary of Transportation
10:15 a.m., 253 Russell

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. Janine Janosky
This week, we are featuring Dr. Janine E. Janosky. Dr. Janosky serves as the Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at U-M Dearborn and a Professor of Health and Human Services.

For more that two decades, Dr. Janosky has served on Advisory Panels for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), primarily in medical devices. Dr. Janosky serves on the Medical Devices Advisory Committee (MDAC), focusing on areas from dental products to orthopedics. According to the Committee charter, MDAC reviews and evaluates data on the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational devices and makes recommendations for their regulation. The Committee is made up of 18 panels. Currently, Dr. Janosky serves on the Medical Devices Dispute Resolution Panel. This panel provides advice on complex scientific issues between the Food and Drug Administration and medical device sponsors, applicants, or manufacturers relating to specific products, marketing applications, regulatory decisions and actions by the FDA, and Agency guidance and policies.

Through her work on MDAC, Dr. Janosky has contributed to the review and advisory recommendations to FDA on the approval of medical devices as well as provided guidance to industry and FDA on a number of scientific issues.

Full Biography:
Dr. Janosky is an expert in achieving impactful health initiatives and in implementing higher education programs and initiatives. Previously, Dr. Janosky served as the Vice President and lead of the Center for Clinical and Community Health Improvement at Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron (ABIA). Through her leadership, a national model focused upon public-private-philanthropic partnerships was developed and implemented, and named an Accountable Care Community. Her work was recognized in Forbes and earned her a United States White House Champion of Change recognition as well as a number of other state and national awards. Also, Janine served as the Vice Provost for Research at Central Michigan University (CMU) where she led the effort to facilitate research opportunities, administer intellectual property activities, direct university commercialization endeavors and technology transfer activities, and develop innovative educational programs.

Prior to joining CMU, Dr. Janosky served in a number of academic and administrative roles at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  These included serving as the Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine’s Center for Primary Care Community-Based Research, an entity she envisioned and created. Janine holds a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s from Marshall University, and a bachelor’s from Duquesne University. Janine serves in a number of board leadership roles including the Dispute Resolution Panel for Medical Devices, the Food and Drug Administration, ATHENA International, Unified, and many more. She has authored or co-authored more than 175 biomedical peer-reviewed publications, published a scholarly book, been recognized through numerous awards, and has secured as a Principal Investigator or as a Co-Investigator on more than 50 federally-funded grants and contracts.
Nomination Announcements
Federal Advisory Committees:
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.
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