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Washington Update
June 4th - 8th

Appropriations Update
 
This week, the House of Representatives passed its first appropriations measure, a package of three bills, known as a mini-bus. The mini-bus includes: Energy-Water; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and the Legislative Branch FY19 appropriations. The House FY19 Energy and Water bill would fund the Department of Energy Office of Science at $6.6 billion, a $340 million increase above FY18. ARPA-E would receive $325 million, a $21 million cut below FY18.

House and Senate leadership has expressed a desire to continue to move legislation as a mini-bus. They have remained steadfast in their desire to avoid a large omnibus in the fall. The House hopes to have all of its FY19 appropriations bills passed out of Committee by June 20th and the Senate is planning to have their bills through Committee before the 4th of July recess.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Student Visas & National Security Issues
 
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest held a hearing titled: "Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security." Before the hearing, some of the higher education associations in D.C. issued a joint statement for the record highlighting the shared responsibility among universities and the federal government to ensure that university research is "appropriately secured and protected from outside intrusion or theft by foreign actors and/or governments."
 
At the hearing, Subcommittee Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) acknowledged that although most students come to the U.S. for legitimate reasons, some students pose a national security risk and referred to FBI Director Christopher Wray's warnings on this topic. Ranking Member Dick Durbin (D-IL) focused his opening remarks on the Administration's anti-immigration policies and the threat it poses to U.S. economic well-being. A full write-up of the hearing by the American Council on Education is available here.

Department of Energy Launches Prize Competition to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing

This week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the American-Made Solar Prize, a $3 million competition to revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. According to DOE, the program will support entrepreneurs as they develop transformative ideas into concepts and then into early-stage prototypes ready for industry testing. Entrepreneurial individuals and teams will compete through a series of three successive prize contests designed to develop new products to be made in America. To win the final prize, participants must identify an impactful solution that addresses critical challenges related to American solar competitiveness, create a proof of concept, and secure a committed partner to test a prototype.

Further information is available 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.

Legislative Activities

Committee Hearings:

Tuesday, June 12th

Senate Appropriations Committee
Interior, Environment Subcommittee Hearing: FY19 Appropriations
9:30 a.m., 124 Dirksen

Senate Appropriations Committee
Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee Hearing: FY19 Appropriations
2:30 p.m., 192 Dirksen

Wednesday, June 13th

House Appropriations Committee
Full Commitee Markup: FY19 Defense Appropriations Bill
12:00 p.m., Room TBD

Thursday, June 14th

Senate Appropriations Committee
Full Committee Markup: FY19 Interior, Environemnt Appropriations Bill & FY19 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill
10:30 a.m., 106 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. Trivellore Raghunathan
This month, we are featuring Dr. Trivellore Raghunathan, Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center; Director, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR); Research Professor, Survey Research Center, ISR; Professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health.
 
Dr. Raghunathan has served since December 2014 on the CDC National Center for Health Statistics Board of Scientific Counselors (NCHS BSC). According to the CDC, the NCHS BSC provides advice and makes recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary; the CDC Director; and the NCHS Director, regarding the scientific and technical program goals and objectives, strategies, and priorities of the NCHS. Additionally, the board makes recommendations about opportunities for NCHS programs to examine and employ new approaches to monitoring and evaluating key public health, health policy, and welfare policy changes.
 
Through his work on the NCHS BSC, Dr. Raghunathan has contributed by providing advice and guidance on redesign of the major surveys, statistical and epidemiological research, vital statistics programs, gathering of data from electronic health records and several activities that focus on various health issues. He has provided input into NCHS programs to examine and employ new approaches to monitoring and evaluating key public health, health policy, and welfare policy changes. He has also provided advice on training activities, workshops and symposia to educate students, policy makers and other users of NCHS data.
 
To learn more about Dr. Raghunathan’s background and research, click here or here.

Nomination Announcements
 
Federal Advisory Committees:

CDC Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for possible 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 National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The SEP provides advice and guidance 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 June 30th, 2018. Further information is available here.

 
CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking nominations for membership on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BSC, NIOSH). The BSC consists of 15 experts in fields associated with occupational safety and health. 

Nominations are due August 1st, 2018. Further information is available here.

 
Census Bureau Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations
The Bureau of the Census is requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations. The Committee advises the Director of the Census Bureau on the full range of economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral, and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy, and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census.

Nominations are due August 3rd, 2018. 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 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;
  • 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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