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Washington Update
Week of November 14 - 18
Kevin Fu Testifies Before House Energy and Commerce Committee on Cybersecurity Risks
Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Burgess (R-TX) Talks with Dr. Fu After the Hearing

On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, Dr. Kevin Fu, an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The joint Committee hearing, titled "Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks" featured three witnesses providing policy recommendations to the Committee.
 
Dr. Fu conducts research on embedded security, the discipline of protecting computers built into every day objects ranging from mobile phones to pacemakers. Dr. Fu offered several recommendations including: the need to train students for a robust cybersecurity workforce, security needs to be built into Internet of Things (IoT) devices, not bolted on; and the need for an independent testing facility for embedded cybersecurity defenses needed by IoT.
 
More than 25 members of the Committee attended, the majority of them asking questions of the witnesses. In response to a question from Chairman Walden asking, "How do we create a national framework where the stakeholders are really driving this in real time...and where we don't lock certain requirements into statute?", Dr. Fu responded: “There are ways you can do this effectively without stifling innovation. In fact, I believe a well-designed cyber security framework will actually promote innovation… There is no perfect standard but it will be very difficult to build in security if we don’t have these principles set in place. It needs to have buy-in from industry. It needs to have government leadership as well but it’s all about setting those principles.” The Committee also discussed the thousands of unfilled cybersecurity jobs and incentives to ensure IoT devices have proper cybersecurity protocols. 

More information, including a video of the hearing, can be found here. Dr. Fu's written testimony can be found here

President-Elect Trump -- Transition Team & End-of-Year Business

With last week's election, Republicans now control the Executive branch and maintain control of the Senate and House of Representatives. The unanticipated election results will change the dynamic for end of year business in Washington, D.C. Prior to the election, congressional leadership had planned to pass appropriations legislation in the lame duck session to fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2017. Current funding expires December 10. It is now being reported that Congress will pass a continuing resolution to fund the government at current levels until the end of March, when President-elect Trump will be in the White House. Little is expected to get done before the end of the year. 

President-elect Trump has begun setting up his transition team. The decision last week to replace the transition team set up by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and replace it with a new team led by Vice President-Elect Mike Pence appears to have delayed the process. Currently, Trump has only named his Chief of Staff (RNC Chair Reince Priebus) and his political Director (Steve Bannon). As we learn more about key cabinet members, we will keep you updated in this newsletter.
 
Many in the higher education and science community are wondering what a Trump administration will mean for their priorities. Science and technology policy was mostly absent on the campaign trail. However, before the election, President-elect Trump answered a series of questions on science, engineering, technology, health and environmental issues. To read his answers, please click here.  

Two New Members of Congress Elected in Michigan
In Michigan, two new Members of Congress were elected to serve in the 115th Congress starting in January. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI-10) and Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI-1) are stepping down at the end of this Congress.

Jack Bergman (R) has been elected to replace Rep. Dan Benishek in the first congressional district. Representative-elect 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 Representative-elect Bergman, click here.

Paul Mitchell (R) has been elected to replace Rep. Candice Miller in the tenth congressional district. Upon graduation from Michigan State University, Representative-elect 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, Representative-elect 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 Representative-elect Paul Mitchell, click here.

At this point, Committee assignments for incoming Members of Congress have not yet been assigned.

Legislative Activities
 
Both the House of Representatives and the Senate will be in recess next week (November 21-25) for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The House is expected to reconvene on Monday, November 28 and the Senate is expected to reconvene on Tuesday, November 29.
**NEW SECTION** Highlighting U-M Faculty Serving on Federal Advisory Committees:

We are excited to announce that the Office of Research Washington Update is now featuring U-M faculty and staff who are serving on a Federal Advisory Committee (FAC). 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.

Associate Professor Shelie Miller

 
We are proud to feature Dr. Shelie Miller, Associate Professor in the U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment.
 
Dr. Miller serves on the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), providing advice and input to agencies regarding the technical focus and direction on the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The Initiative, a collaboration between the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture, is directed to address feed stocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; and biofuels development analysis.
 
Through her work on TAC, Associate Professor Miller has contributed to reports providing advice and guidance on the direction of bioenergy research and development. 
 
Dr. Miller is currently serving as a Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF) in the USAID Global Development Lab.  The JSF program allows tenured faculty to serve as science advisors on foreign policy/international development issues for one year at either the US Department of State or USAID. The JSF program is administered through the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
 
To learn more about Shelie Miller’s background and research areas, please click here.
Nomination Announcements

Federal Advisory Committees:


Economics and Statistics Administration Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC)
The Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC) provides advice and recommendations, to include process and infrastructure improvements, to the Commerce Secretary on ways to make Commerce data easier to find, access, use, combine and disseminate. The aim of this advice shall be to maximize the value of Commerce data to all users including governments, businesses, communities, academia, and individuals.
 
The federal register notice, with details on how to submit names, is available here. Nominations are due by midnight on December 1, 2016. 

Department of Health and Human Services Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee
The Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC) is seeking nominations for the committee to: (a) Develop a summary of advances in pain care research supported or conducted by the Federal agencies; (b) identify critical gaps in basic and clinical research on the symptoms and causes of pain; (c) make recommendations to ensure that the activities of the National Institutes of Health and other Federal agencies are free of unnecessary duplication of effort; (d) make recommendations on how best to disseminate information on pain care; and (e) make recommendations on how to expand partnerships between public entities and private entities to expand collaborative, cross-cutting research.

The federal register notice, with details on how to submit names, is available here. Nominations are due by November 21.
 
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
Embryonic stem cells and fetal tissue research—will Trump intervene?
Is Political Science This Year's Election Casualty?
Science funding in the age of Trump
Awaiting Trump, Scientists Are Caught Between Hope and Fear
 
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