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Agency Starts Competitions for Popular Programs

The Administration for Children and Families (HHS) starts competitions for two popular programs – Basic Center (CFDA Number: 93.623) and Street Outreach (CFDA Number: 93.557) – to address issues with the nation’s runaway and homeless youth populations.

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Public-Private Opportunity Accepting Proposals

(Deadline: June 16) ASCD, in collaboration with the Education Dept. and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, offers Teacher Impact Grants, a new program to strengthen professional development for the nation’s teachers that will assist in improving student outcomes. ASC...

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Agency Holding Multiple Competitions

The Housing and Urban Development Dept. is in the midst of its FY 2016 grantmaking, seeking applications for several grant competitions that will make millions of dollars in awards. The majority of grant deadlines are in June.

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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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