DC Digest – October 4, 2013

In Today’s Issue:

  • Federal Government Shutdown – Information for the Duke Community
  • Devils in DC: Duke Officials Talk Student Loans
  • Fuqua’s Marx Presents Report to FCC
  • Associations Comment on DOD’s Proposed Changes to MOU on Veterans Education
  • Administration Issues ACA Enrollment Toolkit for Colleges and Universities
  • FASEB Launches Second Annual “Stand Up for Science!” Video Competition

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN – INFORMATION FOR THE DUKE COMMUNITY
Throughout the week, Duke OFR has continued to update information on the government shutdown that is relevant to the Duke community.  Please visit the OFR website for the latest information on research and student aid-related activity, federal officials’ visits to campus, and even the status of the Duke-Navy football game.

Read More:
Federal Government Shutdown – Information for the Duke Community (governmentrelations.duke.edu)

 

DEVILS IN DC: DUKE OFFICIALS TALK STUDENT LOANS
Donna Lisker, associate vice provost for undergraduate education, and Alison Rabil, assistant vice provost and director of financial aid, traveled to Washington on September 23 to discuss higher education issues with staff from three North Carolina delegation offices.

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Devils in DC: Duke Officials Talk Student Loans (governmentrelations.duke.edu)

 

FUQUA’S MARX PRESENTS REPORT TO FCC
Duke University Fuqua School of Business economics professor Leslie Marx appeared at the FCC headquarters in Washington, D.C. on September 25 to  discuss the upcoming “incentive auction” to buy spectrum licenses back from TV broadcasters to sell them to wireless carriers.  While in town, Marx also met with Congressional staff on the Communications and Technology Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to provide expert opinion in an informal briefing.

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Fuqua Economics Professor to Meet with FCC (fuqua.duke.edu)

 

ASSOCIATIONS COMMENT ON DOD’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO MOU ON VETERANS EDUCATION
A group of higher education associations submitted comments to the Department of Defense (DOD) on September 30 regarding the Department’s new proposed rule for the DOD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Colleges and universities must sign the MOU in order to participate in the DOD Tuition Assistance program.  The associations’ comments reiterate the higher education community’s commitment to assisting service members, veterans, their spouses, and their family members in pursuing a high-quality education, but also ask several questions and identify concerns related to the proposed substantive changes to the existing MOU.

Read More:
Higher Education Groups Comment on Tuition Assistance MOU (ACEnet.edu)
Proposed Rule (federalregister.gov)

 

ADMINISTRATION ISSUES ACA ENROLLMENT TOOLKIT FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
With open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplace beginning this week, the Obama administration has issued a toolkit to help colleges and universities inform students about the marketplaces and other aspects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Under the terms of the ACA, students can access a range of new, low-cost health insurance options, including the ability to join a parent’s plan until age 26; expanded Medicaid eligibility in some states; tax credits to help pay for health insurance; improved student health insurance plans; and catastrophic plans that provide emergency coverage at a lower upfront cost. Some of these options have been in place since the law was enacted, while others commence in January when the new insurance marketplaces, known as exchanges, go into effect. Open enrollment began on Oct. 1 and will run through March 31, 2014.

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ACA Toolkit for Colleges and Universities (ACEnet.edu)

 

FASEB LAUNCHES SECOND ANNUAL “STAND UP FOR SCIENCE!” VIDEO COMPETITION
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is now accepting submissions for its second annual video competition, Stand Up for Science!, which looks for “exciting, yet informative videos to help education Americans on how science is funded.”   The prize for the winning video is $5,000.  Submissions must be received by November 30, with the winner announced in February 2014.

Additional information about the competition, as well as last year’s winning video, “What’s Next?,” are available on the FASEB website here.