Washington Update
Week of July 4 - 8
New Announcement Regarding the Precision Medicine Initiative
This week, the National Institutes of Health announced $55 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to launch the Cohort Program of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The PMI Cohort Program is a longitudinal research effort that aims to engage 1 million or more U.S. participants who are willing to share their health and genetic information over many years to improve our ability to prevent and treat disease through individualized treatments.

The award winners are four medical centers spread across the country: Columbia University Medical Center; Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois; the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania; and the University of Arizona, Tucson. These centers are teaming up with local health care providers to find study volunteers.

House Appropriations Subcommittee Approves L-HHS-E Spending Bill

On Thursday, June 7, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (LHHS-E) approved by voice vote their FY2017 appropriations bill.  The legislation would fund the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at $33.3 billion, a $1.25 billion increase from FY2016 enacted levels, and $750 million less than the Senate Committee-passed bill. Within the NIH, the legislation includes:

  • $165 million to support activities for the National Children’s Study
  • $511.5 million for Clinical and Translational Sciences Awards
  • $333.3 million for Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) programs.

The bill would also provide increases for several critical research initiatives, including:

  • $1.26 billion, a $350 million increase, for the Alzheimer’s disease research initiative;
  • $195 million, a $45 million increase, for the Brain Research through Application of Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) initiative;
  • $300 million – the full requested amount – for the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI); and
  • $12.6 million for the Gabriella Miller “Kids First” initiative, dedicated to pediatric cancer research.

A summary of the bill is available here. The full House Appropriations Committee is expected to mark-up the bill next week.

U-M D.C. Office Wishes John Dingell a Happy 90th Birthday
Today, John Dingell, former Dean of the U.S. House of Representatives, turns 90 years old. Mr. Dingell represented Ann Arbor during some of his time in Congress. His wife, Debbie Dingell, now holds his former seat. The U-M D.C. office recorded a birthday greeting for Mr. Dingell. Our video made the cut for the compilation of birthday greetings put together by Representative Debbie Dingell. How many University of Michigan references can you find? A party was also held in his honor (write up in Roll call here).
Legislative Activities
Next week is the final week the House and Senate will be in session until after they return from their Summer recess, on Tuesday, September 6. The Senate is expected to consider FY2017 Dept. of Defense Appropriations.

Wednesday, July 13

Senate Finance Committee
Subcommittee on Health Care Hearing: Alzheimer’s Disease: The Struggle for Families, a Looming Crisis for Medicare
2:30 P.M., 215 Dirksen
  • Dr. Henry Paulson, Director, U-M Alzheimer's Disease Center
  • Dr. Ronald Peterson, Chair, Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act
  • Ms. Connie Bastek-Karasow, Caregiver
Nomination Announcements

Federal Advisory Committees:

Census Scientific Advisory Committee

The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations to the Census Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee advises the Director of the Census Bureau on the uses of scientific developments in statistical data collection, statistical analysis, survey methodology, geospatial analysis, econometrics, cognitive psychology, and computer science as they pertain to the full range of Census Bureau programs and activities. The Committee also provides scientific and technical expertise from the following disciplines: Demography, economics, geography, psychology, statistics, survey methodology, social and behavioral sciences, Information Technology and computing, marketing, communications, and other fields of expertise, as appropriate, to address Census Bureau program needs and objectives
Further information is available here. Nominations are due July 15.
National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations
The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is requesting nominations of individuals and organizations to the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The Committee provides insight, perspectives, expertise and advice to the Director of the Census Bureau on the full spectrum of Census surveys and programs. The Committee assists the Census Bureau in developing appropriate research/methodological, operational, and communication strategies to reduce program/survey costs, improve coverage and operational efficiency, improve the quality of data collected, protect the public's and business units' privacy and enhance public participation and awareness of Census programs and surveys, and make data products more useful and accessible.
Further information is available here. Nominations are due July 15.

HHS Advisory Committee on Minority Health
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health (OMH), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Minority Health. The Committee provides advice to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority groups, and on the development of goals and specific program activities of OMH designed to improve the health status and outcomes of racial and ethnic minorities.
Further information is available here. Nominations are due September 8.
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.
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