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Agency Readying $100M Competition for ‘Apprenticeship’ Successor

The Employment and Training Administration (DOL) is preparing a $100 million solicitation for a new TechHire Initiative, which will train and connect more workers to employment in technology and other in-demand fields. ETA estimates the solicitation will be released during the winter, with a deadline sometime in late winter or early spring.

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Brownfields Reauthorization Gains Momentum

The reauthorization of the Brownfields program (CFDA Number: 66.818) at the Environmental Protection Agency may occur during the 114th Congress thanks to consistent bipartisan support in the Senate and growing momentum in the House.

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Republicans Want Public Housing, Development Increases

Congressional appropriations bills (Senate bill not yet number/HR 2577) to fund the Housing and Urban Development Dept. in FY 2016 would be kind to the Office of Public and Indian Housing. OPIH ensures safe, decent and affordable public housing for low-income families and individuals and creates opportunities for residents’ self-sufficiency and economic independence.

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Alignment Exists in USDA Appropriations

The Senate and House appropriations measures (S 1800; HR 3049) to fund the Agriculture Dept. that await consideration by their respective chamber won’t be approved in their current forms, but provide a sense of funding intentions for the Republican-led Congress, including areas of alignment with the White House. The measures funs an array of USDA issues from nutrition programs for the poor to rural development and housing.

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Agencies Prepare for Final Round of ‘Promise’ Designations

Through a Federal Register notice, the Housing and Urban Development and Agriculture Depts. seek comments on the proposed process for the third and final round of Promise Zone designations.

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Pell Grant Boost Likely Despite Partisanship

Appropriations bills (S 1695; HR 3020) awaiting consideration in the House and Senate would increase the maximum Pell Grant award from $5,775 in the 2015-15 school year to $5,915 for the 2016-17 school year. The White House’s budget request also seeks a Pell Grant boost.

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Congress, White House in Agreement on Some HHS Funding Issues

The Senate and House appropriations measures (S 1695; HR 3020) to fund the Health and Human Services Dept. that await consideration by their respective chambers have little chance of being approved in their current forms. They do, however, provide a sense of funding areas where the Republicans and Democrats are in alignment.

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Appropriators Provide Glimpse of DOL Funding Wishes

The Senate and House appropriations committees finalize their FY 2016 funding measures (S 1695; HR 3020) to fund the Department of Labor. Both bills now face the uphill battle of being cleared by their respective chambers.

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Upcoming Competition to Boost Senior Volunteerism

The Corp. for Nat’l and Community Service is preparing a competition for its FY 2016 Senior Corps: Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (CFDA Number: 94.002), seeking comments through a Federal Register notice on the proposed application.

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Rating Tools to Be Released This Summer

New, easy-to-use tools will be released later this summer to help students compare the value offered by higher education institutions and, while holding colleges and universities accountable for preparing their students to be successful, an Education Dept. official tell us.

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