DC Digest – October 6, 2016

Congress Passes Ten-Week Funding Measure: Last week, Congress and the President staved off a federal government shutdown approved the FY17 continuing resolution (CR). The measure will keep the government funded through December 9, giving Congress a month after the November elections to pass another measure to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. 

The CR is attached to the FY17 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill ( H.R. 5325), which was passed by both the House and the Senate and conferenced in June, meaning that the programs in that bill will receive full-year funding. Other programs will be funded through December 9 at largely their current levels, but overall discretionary funding is reduced by 0.496 percent.

Both chambers have now adjourned until after the elections. The House is scheduled to return on November 14, and the Senate will reconvene November 15.

In today’s issue:

  • Jim Luther Testifies on Regulatory Burden for Research
  • Duke Holds DC Panel Discussion on Universities and Entrepreneurship

A subcommittee of the House Science Committee on September 29 convened a  hearing to examine how government regulation of research could be streamlined without compromising accountability and scientific integrity. The Research and Technology Subcommittee focused on recommendations for regulatory relief made in recent reports by the National Academy of Sciences ( NAS ) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Testifying on the subject was James Luther, associate vice president of finance for Duke, who reaffirmed the research university communities’ commitment to working with federal partners to effectively regulate federal research.

Luther Testifies for Closer Engagement with Federal Government on Research Oversight (today.duke.edu)

The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (I&E) and the Global Innovation Forum partnered to host a forum Wednesday regarding the role of universities in fostering global entrepreneurship.

David Rubenstein, chairman of Duke’s Board of Trustees and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, and Eric Toone, Vice Provost and Director of I&E, spoke about Duke’s efforts and the unique role that universities play in developing entrepreneurs during the session at the Duke in DC office.

Duke Holds DC Panel Discussion on Universities and Entrepreneurship (today.duke.edu)