AAU Weekly Wrap-up, January 24, 2014
(SEE CORRECTED FIRST BUDGET ITEM BELOW)
January 24, 2014
CONGRESSIONAL SCHEDULE NEW
BUDGET & APPROPRIATIONS
House Will Release FY15 Budget on March 4
FY14 Budget Charts Now Available for Several Agencies UPDATED
OTHER CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES
Comt. Holds First Staff Briefing on Curbing Abusive Patent Practices NEW
Submits Letter to Dept. of Education on Proposed Campus Rating System NEW
The House and Senate were out of session this week and
will reconvene for business on Monday, January 27. The Senate next week will resume consideration
of legislation dealing with homeowner flood insurance (S. 1926). The House is expected to consider legislation
(H.R. 7) to deny federal funding for abortions, as well as the conference
report for the farm bill (H.R. 2642), if it is available.
WHITE HOUSE WILL
RELEASE FY15 BUDGET ON MARCH 4 NEW
White House has announced that it will release the President’s FY15 budget on
Tuesday, March 4, a month beyond the statutory deadline of February 3. The delay is a result of the lateness of
Congress in reaching a final agreement on the FY14 omnibus appropriations
package, reports CQ.com. The measure was approved last week and signed
by the President on January 17.
Given that the FY14 budget agreement has already set the
discretionary spending cap for FY15—a must-do element of a budget resolution—congressional
leaders could choose to avoid consideration of an FY15 budget resolution and go
straight to the appropriations process. The Hill reports, however, that House
Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has said his panel will produce a
budget outline this year. It remains
unclear if Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) will do the
same. The FY15 discretionary spending
cap is $1.0138 trillion, up by $1.6 billion (EARLIER NUMBERS WERE INCORRECT) from the FY14 level of $1.0122 trillion.
meantime, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress this week that the debt
limit must be raised by late February, rather than early March as he had previously
predicted. Raising the nation’s
borrowing authority is expected to be the next flashpoint for Republicans and
Democrats over the federal budget and deficit spending.
UPDATED FY14 BUDGET
CHARTS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SEVERAL AGENCIES
with updating the AAU FY14 Funding Priorities Table to reflect enactment of the FY14
omnibus appropriations package, AAU has updated several of its individual FY14
agency budget charts. These are: Defense, Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and NASA.
COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST STAFF BRIEFING ON CURBING ABUSIVE PATENT PRACTICES NEW
Senate Judiciary Committee on January 21 held the first of four Senate staff
briefings on the range of legislative proposals for curbing abusive patent practices.
The sessions are designed to give Senate staff, particularly those not on the
Senate Judiciary Committee, a better understanding of the complex issues
surrounding abusive patent practices and ways to address them. As with the remaining three sessions, the
briefing was limited to Senate staff, with no press.
session featured six panelists with views across the spectrum on patent
litigation reform. They included AAU
Executive Vice President John Vaughn, who provided the perspectives of universities.
staff briefings follow up on a hearing the Committee held on December
17. The sessions provide both a further
examination of key issues and an opportunity for Senate staff to engage with
panelists about them. The second staff
briefing was held this morning, January 24, and the remaining two briefings
will be held the following successive Fridays.
Weekly Wrap-up, January 10, 2014
for more information on this issue.)
AAU SUBMITS LETTER
TO DEPT. OF EDUCATION ON PROPOSED CAMPUS RATING SYSTEM NEW
today, AAU submitted a letter to the Department of Education that
responds to the agency’s request for information (RFI) on its proposal to
create a postsecondary institutional rating system. Individual campuses may wish to submit their
own responses to the Department. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 31, 2014.
In explaining why the association has submitted a lengthy,
five-page response, the letter says:
not endorse a new
system, but weconsider it important to share our expertise and perspectives on data
elements, metrics, and data collection, among other issues outlined in the RFI.
As articulated in prior statements about
theAdministration’s consumer disclosure proposals,
we believe that any tools designed
to be useful to students and parents in
their college search
should be grounded in reliable and
valid data, and presented
with the appropriate context to
accurately reflect institutional performance. This response
reflects input from AAU institutional
research officers and other campus experts on the reliability and validity,
aswell as methodological limitations, of possible metrics related
to access, affordability, and outcomes.”
Department of Education published its RFI in the Federal Register
on December 17. The notice asked for information about how to develop the
plan, which was announced by President Obama in August, 2013. The Department intends to use the ratings to
compare colleges with similar missions and to identify colleges that are
improving their performance and doing the most to help students from
disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds to succeed. The President has directed the Department to
develop and publish a new college ratings system before the 2015-16 school
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