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Washington Update
Week of January 4 - 8
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Second Session of the 114th Congress Resumes
After a holiday recess, the House reconvened this week, Tuesday, January 5. The Senate will reconvene on Monday, January 11 to begin the second session of the 114th Congress. The House schedule for 2016 can be found here and the Senate schedule for 2016 can be found here.
 

HHS Announces New Funding Opportunity

On January 5, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a new funding opportunity "to test whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid". This award could be up to $157 million. According to HHS, the five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities Model, is the first Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model to focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level. Further information is available here.

CMS will be hosting webinars for interested parties and potential applicants on January 21 and a repeat on January 27. To register, please click here.

Committee Activities
Tuesday, January 12
 
House Armed Services Committee
Hearing:
National Academies Study on Peer Review and Design Competition in the NNSA National Security Laboratories
3:30 p.m., 2118 Rayburn
Agency Advisory Committee Meetings of Interest
 
In this week's Washington Update, we are introducing a new section -- Agency Advisory Committee Meetings of Interest. This section will include public agency meetings which may be relevant to your work. If a meeting is of interest, and happening in the Washington, D.C. area, please contact Madeline in our Washington, D.C. office, and she may be able to attend on your behalf. 
 
HHS: Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services Meeting
The Advisory Council provides advice on how to prevent or reduce the burden of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias on people with the disease and their caregivers. During the meeting, the Advisory Council will review the process for developing recommendations and developing the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease.
The meeting will be held Jan. 25 in Bethesda, MD.

NOAA: Science Advisory Board (SAB)
The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Report from the Environmental Information Services Working Group on a Review of the NOAA Partnership Policy; (2) Discussion of Ways to Optimize SAB and Working Group Operations and Working Group staff support from the Line Offices and (3) Continued Discussion of Strategic Advice to NOAA and Impact on SAB Operations.
The meeting will be held Jan. 28 in Silver Springs, MD.

NIST: Genome in a Bottle Consortium-Progress and Planning Workshop
The Genome in a Bottle Consortium is developing the reference materials, reference methods, and reference data needed to assess confidence in human whole genome variant calls. A principal motivation for this consortium is to enable performance assessment of sequencing and science-based regulatory oversight of clinical sequencing.
The meeting will be held Jan. 28 and 29 in Palo Alto, CA.
Nomination Announcements

National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting nominations for vacancies on the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. The Council provides advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, management and technology issues. EPA is seeking nominees with a strong background in citizen science, crowd source monitoring and technologies, community sustainability, environmental justice and economic initiatives, ecology and biodiversity, public health, social science, and environmental policy and management.

Nomination deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016. Further information is available here.

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.

Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science
 
The Department of the Interior (DOI) is seeking nominations for membership on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science. The twenty-five member board provides advice on matters and actions relating to the operations of the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the DOI Climate Science Centers.

Nomination deadline: Friday, January 15, 2016. 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.
 
Fellowship Announcements

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) is accepting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program. The SURF Program provides research opportunities for students to work with NIST scientists and engineers in their Gaithersburg, MD and Boulder, CO laboratories. The program runs mid-May through the end of July (Boulder) or beginning of August (Gaithersburg).

Application deadline: Friday, February 12, 2016. Further information is available here.

American Institute of Physics Congressional Fellowship Program

Qualified scientists at any age of their career are encouraged to apply for the American Institute of Physics Congressional Fellowship Program. Applicants must have a PH.D. in physics or a closely related field. AIP Fellows have the opportunity to work at the US State Department or in Congress for one year beginning in the fall of 2016.

Application deadline: Friday, January 15. Further information is available here and here.


 
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

Letters of intent are due by close of business on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. The full proposal deadline is February 9, 2016. Further information is available here.
 
Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science Internships
 
The DoE Office of Science and the Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists are accepting applications for the 2016 Summer Term Internship/Fellowship Programs. There are two programs accepting applications:
  • The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue STEM careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information and the online application is available here
  • The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas. In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. More information and the online application is available here.
Application deadline for both programs: 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 8, 2016.
 

 
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