Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

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Agency, New Office to Focus on STEM Achievement

The Education Dept. starts a new effort to ensure all students receive proper science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction, including the creation of a new STEM office and the issuance of “Dear Colleague” letter on securing federal funding for STEM programs.

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NIH Director Touts ‘Moonshot’

At a recent Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the National Institutes of Health (HHS) FY 2017 budget request, Francis Collins, the agency’s director, provided an update on the new National Cancer Moonshot, and the proposed direction for the initiative. The president’s FY 2017 budget request for NIH is $33.1 billion, $825 million or 2.5% above the enacted FY 2016 level.

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Agency Prepares for ‘Incentive’ Grantmaking

The Office of Innovation and Improvement (DoEd) is preparing an FY 2016 solicitation for its Teacher Incentive Fund (CFDA Number: 84.374A) to support performance-based teacher and principal compensation systems in high-need schools. The program hasn’t held a competition for new awards since FY 2012.

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Congress Close to Reauthorizing Older Americans Act

Congress moves closer to finalizing the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (PL 89-73), the main federal law that authorizes a wide array of social and nutrition services for seniors and their their caregivers.

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Administration Hypes College Completion Advances

Education Dept. Secretary John King touts the Obama administration’s student aid successes throughout the month of March, highlighting new programs increasing higher education graduation rates.

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Job Corps Funding Receiving Scrutiny

Labor Dept. Secretary Thomas Perez touts the successes of the revamped Job Corps (CFDA Number: 17.259) in testifying before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on the agency’s FY 2017 budget request. The White House seeks $1.75 billion in FY 2017 for Job Corps to continue strengthening and reforming the program which has drawn attention over the past several years from both Republicans and Democrats due to mismanagement of funds by grantees.

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Recommendations to Impact FY 2016 Policing Grants

The Community Oriented Policing Service or COPS Office (DOJ) will incorporate recommendations outlined in the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing Report in its upcoming FY 2016 grantmaking. The White House’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing held listening sessions last year to devise the recommendations aimed at strengthening relationships between local police and the communities they serve.

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HHS Secretary Pushes Areas of Funding Agreement

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies before a Senate appropriations subcommittee on the White House’s $82.8 billion budget request for the agency next fiscal year. The request includes numerous provisions that Republicans are unlikely to consider, including many new programs and expanded mandatory spending. Even so, areas of agreement do exist.

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Acting DoEd Secretary Testifies on FY 2016 Budget Request

Acting DoEd Secretary John King testifies before the House Education & the Workforce about the White House’s FY 2017 budget request for the agency, especially provisions focusing on improving access, affordability and completion in postsecondary education.

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New Enforcement Unit to Stop Student Aid Waste

In a new effort to curb misuse of student aid funding by public and private colleges and universities, the Education Dept. creates a Student Aid Enforcement Unit to respond more quickly and efficiently to allegations of illegal actions.

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