DC Digest – September 25, 2015

In today’s issue:

  • Federal Government Funding Update
  • National Academy Panel Calls for Changes in Research Regulation
  • Celebrate NEH’s 50th Anniversary via Social Media

Senate: The Senate is set to vote on a “clean” funding resolution Monday, a measure that would fund the government through Dec. 11 and keep Planned Parenthood funds intact. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the vote after the Senate failed to pass a funding bill that defunded Planned Parenthood. The White House had issued a veto threat of that legislation.

House: According to Politico, House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement that he will resign from Congress at the end of October frees Boehner from worries about political infighting in the House Republican Conference and makes it likely he will push through a government-funding bill next week that funds Planned Parenthood and keeps the government open. The House leadership has not yet announced a vote schedule for the measures.
If the House does not approve the funding measure as passed by the Senate and instead passes their own bill, it is unlikely the Senate will have time to vote on the measure before the Oct. 1 deadline.
Agency: Some agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation, have issued memos to personnel preparing them for the possibility of a government shutdown. As of now, these are preliminary notices.
The Office of Federal Relations is monitoring developments and will send updates as necessary.
A panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released the first part of a two-part report on the regulation of federally funded academic research. The report calls on the federal government to streamline and harmonize its regulation of federally funded academic research.
Among its recommendations, the report calls on Congress to address a lack of uniformity in regulations, policies, forms, and requirements. It also makes recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget and research institutions. This portion of the report, Optimizing the Nation’s Investment in Academic Research: A New Regulatory Framework for the 21st Century, Part I, was released by the Academy’s Committee on Federal Research Regulations and Reporting Requirements.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will launch a social media campaign on Tuesday, September 29, at 1:00p.m. The campaign will mark the beginning of NEH’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.
NEH is inviting partners to tweet or post “I love the humanities because…” with tag @nehgov and hashtag #NEHturns50. You can also print out, fill in an hold this sign in a picture to go with the tweet.