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Posted by on Jan 22, 2014

This Week in Grants News

Snowy Capitol“This Week in Grants News” is a resource Management Concepts provides to keep you informed of important federal grants-related news from the week.

  • Congress Passes Omnibus Spending Bill On Thursday, January 16th, the Senate gave final approval to the spending plan that will fund government operations through the end of September.  The $1.1 trillion omnibus bill will avert another government shutdown for the next nine months and reduces sequester spending cuts. President Obama signed the bill on Friday. GovernmentExecutive.com has more information.
  • 2014 Funding: Agency-by-Agency Breakdown of Spending Bill Federal News Radio provides details about each agency’s funding levels through the omnibus spending bill. Highlights include:
    • an increase in the Department of Education’s grant spending;
    • a slight increase in research funding for the Department of Energy;
    • a reduction in funding to the National Institutes of Health; and
    • increased funding for some grant programs through the National Science Foundation.
  • Federal Scientists Crying Foul Over DATA Act’s Conference Restrictions The DATA Act contains provisions that would increase transparency for federal employees participating in conferences.  One organization representing scientists at federal agencies has written to the Senate sponsors of the bill to express concerns regarding the proposed requirements.  The bill would require federal employees to publish information about conference activities and presentations. Researchers are concerned this could hamper their ability to actively participate in conferences. Federal News Radio has additional information.

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