DC Digest – October 24, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • Agencies Release Guidance for Resumption of Service, Grant Application Submissions
  • Obama names Duke Alum Zients to Oversee Healthcare.gov Improvements
  • Groups Urge Science Committee Chair to Support Merit Review and All Disciplines
  • Duke Alum Designated Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims

 

AGENCIES RELEASE GUIDANCE FOR RESUMPTION OF SERVICE, GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS
Congress reached a deal last week to reopen the federal government, and as normal operations resume, federal agencies have begun to release guidance for the grant application, review, and award activities that were impacted by the government shutdown. Below are links to those agencies with direct impact upon the Duke community, and OFR will continue to provide updates as they become available:

National Institutes of Health:
The NIH has moved all submission deadlines that were intended to take place in October to November dates to allow applicants access to the resources and support of NIH staff. November deadlines will not change.

The Electronic Research Administration (eRA) website is now operable. Further information on how the NIH will resume operations, reschedule meetings and reviews, and prioritize tasks is available here.

National Science Foundation:
The NSF FastLane is now available for proposal preparation and submission. Applicants, peer reviews, and current award recipients may resume normal operations of submission, uploading reviews, and drawing down funds using the NSF web portals. The NSF will provide revised due dates for funding opportunities that had a submission date between Oct. 1 and 25, 2013. They have also announced delays for the posting of new funding opportunities, review of submissions, and responding to inquiries.

Further official guidance from the NSF is available here.


OBAMA NAMES DUKE ALUM ZIENTS TO OVERSEE HEALTHCARE.GOV IMPROVEMENTS

The White House has enlisted former budget official Jeffrey Zients (T ’88) to help fix the online enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act, White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Tuesday.

Zients, who is slated to take over the helm of the White House National Economic Council, has also served as acting director of OMB.

Read More:
White House Enlists Jeffrey Zients to Help Fix Healthcare.gov  (WashingtonPost)

GROUPS URGE SCIENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR TO SUPPORT MERIT REVIEW AND ALL DISCIPLINES IN FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDING  
A group of 69 organizations and higher education institutions, including AAU, sent a letter to House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) on October 16 thanking him for recognizing the important contribution of the social and behavioral sciences in addressing critical societal issues.  The letter, spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, also urged the chairman to support merit review of research proposals considered by the National Science Foundation, and to support research funding for all scientific disciplines.

Read More:
SBE Intersociety letter (pdf)

DUKE ALUM DESIGNATED TO BE CHIEF JUDGE OF U.S. COURT OF FEDERAL CLAIMS
President Obama on Monday announced that he has designated Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith (T ’87) to be the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Read More:
President Obama Designates Judge Patricia E. Campbell-Smith (whitehouse.gov)