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Washington Update
Week of January 9 - 13
Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning Visits U-M
Secretary Fanning Visits with APRIL Robotics Lab Team

This week, Army Secretary Eric Fanning visited campus to learn more about U-M's research enterprise and visit with students. Secretary Fanning, a Michigan native, visited with President Mark Schlissel, the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium. He also visited the APRIL (Autonomy, Perception, Robotics, Interfaces, and Learning) robotics lab. Secretary Fanning also met with ROTC and participated in a fireside chat with U-M Engineering Dean Alec Gallimore. The Michigan Daily writeup of the fireside chat is available here.

U-M Recognized by the White House as a White House Healthy Campus
Senior Advisor to the President & U-M Alum Valerie Jarrett Speaks at White House Healthy Campus Challenge Day
 
On Friday, January 13, U-M participated in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge Day, recognizing their participation in the White House Healthy Campus Challenge.

The White House launched the Healthy Campus Challenge as part of their open enrollment efforts. According to the White House, "this Challenge aims to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in enrollment efforts." To participate in the program, a campus had to agree to undertake best practices to drive enrollment such as in-person enrollment events or sending e-mails to students and faculty reminding them of the opportunity to enroll.
Laurie Burchett from the University Health Service coordinated U-M's participation. The College of Pharmacy, School of Public Health and the Alumni Association also participated in these efforts. 

From the more than 350 campuses that participated, fifty-nine schools were selected and invited to the White House to receive special recognition for their efforts from First Lady Michelle Obama. Senior Advisor to the President and U-M alum Valerie Jarrett also addressed the group and offered congratulations to the campuses for their efforts to increase enrollment.

Congress Approves FY2017 Budget Resolution
 
Both chambers of Congress have approved the FY17 budget resolution (S.Con.Res.3), which sets up a fast-track process for repealing major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate approved the budget resolution on January 12 by a vote of 51-48. The House passed the budget resolution earlier today by a vote of 227-198.

The FY17 budget resolution maintains the $1.07 trillion discretionary spending cap for FY17 contained in the Budget Control Act, without additional funding for defense or cuts to nondefense. The measure contains reconciliation instructions to come up with at least $1 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years, which is expected to be used to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act.   

Key Committee Changes -- UPDATED

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

Representative Brenda Lawrence
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) was appointed to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Representative John Moolenaar:
Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI) was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Rep. Moolenaar will give up his spot on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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.

Representative Tim Walberg:
Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) has been appointed to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. 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.

Legislative Activities

Tuesday January 17

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Nomination of Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education
5:00 p.m., 430 Dirksen

Wednesday January 18

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

Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
Full Committee Hearing: Nomination of Wilbur Ross to serve as Secretary of Commerce
10:00 a.m., G50 Dirksen

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Full Committee Hearing: Nomination of Scott Pruitt to Serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
10:00 a.m., 406 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. Janine Janosky
In this biweekly section, 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:

Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The U.S. Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the United States and bring broad expertise and a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid and CHIP. GAO is now accepting nominations to MACPAC that will be effective May 1, 2017.

Nominations are due February 24, 2017. Further information is available here

 
National Sea Grant Advisory Board
The Secretary of Commerce is accepting applications for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board, a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) intends to fill two expected vacancies on the Board in 2017.
 
Applications must be postmarked no later than March 1st 2017. Applications will be kept on file for consideration of any Board vacancy for a period of three years from the closing date of this notice. Further information is available here.

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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