Federal Relations / D.C. Office

Michael A. Waring directs the University of Michigan's Washington, D.C. Office. Located three blocks south of the Capitol, it serves as a liaison between the University and the federal government, public policy makers and national organizations to provide national leadership in matters affecting higher education and research.

The Washington, D.C. Staff directly serves University faculty, staff and students, as well as members of Congress and federal government offices and agencies.

In addition to our Government Relations staff, the Washington staff includes a member from the Office of Research:
Kristina Ko,
Senior Director of Federal Relations for Research, UM Washington Office.
kdko@umich.edu
202-554-0625
Additional information regarding federal support for U-M's research activities, please visit http://www.research.umich.edu/federal-relations-research

Activities include monitoring legislation of interest to universities; facilitating congressional and administration meetings and issue briefings for UM faculty and staff; providing office space for University people on business in Washington; and serving as a clearinghouse on government activities, places, people and employment opportunities.

Congressional inquiries are handled concerning the University's academic and research activities and its views on pending legislation.

The Federal Report - April 2017


PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FY '18 BUDGET A MAJOR CONCERN FOR HIGHER ED

President Donald Trump sent Congress his first budget proposal for FY ’18 on March 16th. While the budget "blueprint" was mostly top-line numbers, the details which have emerged show a budget proposal that would have serious consequences for many programs important to higher education.

Here are key portions of the plan:

National Institutes of Health (NIH):

  • Reduces NIH spending by $5.8B
  • Proposes major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities.

Department of Commerce:

  • Proposes eliminating the Economic Development Administration (EDA) ($221M), including funding for TAA for Firms and other regional programs
  • Proposes eliminating NOAA’s grants and programs for coastal and marine management, research and education ($250M)
  • Proposes elimination of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program ($124M)

There is no mention of the National Science Foundation.

Department of Energy:

  • Eliminates ARPA-E
  • Cuts $900 from the DOE Office of Science (funded at $5.35B in FY16)
  • Proposes an increase of $1.4B (11.3%) for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

  • Proposes $5.7 billion for the EPA, a reduction of $2.6 billion (31%) from FY17
  • Proposes funding the Office of Research and Development (ORD) at $250M, a $233M reduction from FY17
  • Eliminates funding for specific regional efforts such as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
  • Proposes funding Categorical Grants at $597M, a $482M reduction from FY17

NASA:

  • Proposes $19.1B for NASA, a 0.8% decrease from FY17
  • Proposes $624M for aeronautics research and development (funded at $640M in FY16)
  • Proposes $1.8B for the Earth Science division, which is a $102M decrease from FY17. The budget terminates funding for PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder
  • Proposes elimination of the Office of Education, which houses programs such as Space Grant

Department of Education:

Includes $59 billion in discretionary funding for ED, $9 billion (13 percent) below the annualized FY17 CR level. For student aid, the blueprint proposes the following:

  • Pell Grant: level funding the discretionary portion and rescinding $3.9 billion from the program’s $10.6 billion surplus
  • Federal Work-Study: reduced funding, amount not specified
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants: program eliminated

Additionally, the blueprint states that more than 20 other education programs, including Title VI International Education programs, would be eliminated or reduced. It is unclear how GAANN would fare.

Other Agencies

  • Budget proposes to eliminate the Nationl Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Museum and Library Service, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • Budget also proposes ending federal support for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The administration’s budget is merely step one in the congressional budget and appropriations process. Congress will ultimately have major input into final decisions about spending. The U-M Washington Office is working with other universities and our higher education associations to make the case against major cuts in these programs.

If you have specific questions about any of these or other programs, please contact the U-M Washington Office.

U-M BREAKFAST FOCUSES ON KEY ISSUES AND BICENTENNIAL

On March 8, the U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington focused on key issues before Congress as well as celebrated the University’s 200th birthday.

In his remarks, U-M President Schlissel said U-M's ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe “enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact” and is a major reason for U-M's standing as an outstanding research university.

Schlissel said U-M is working with other universities to make sure foreign students and faculty can continue to enrich the excellence of U-M.

"This is also an issue of competitiveness for our state," he added. "Preparation for that competition requires our students to have the skills and experiences best acquired through collaboration with diverse groups of people."

Schlissel also urged lawmakers to help preserve the ability for U-M to use a "conservative approach" to successfully manage its endowments and protect donor choices. Congress is considering legislation that could potentially have an impact on such endowments.

In her remarks as keynote speaker, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), who represents the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses, saluted the University as it celebrates its bicentennial, but also called upon U-M and its alumni to stand up for resolving the major issues facing the nation.

"For 200 years, the University of Michigan has brought diverse members of our community together to have difficult discussions, to debate and to find solutions to the problems we face as a society – to lift each other up and strengthen lives and communities," said Dingell. "All U-M alumni who are here in DC not only make a difference, but have a responsibility to make a difference."

Other members of Congress in attendance included Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) along with Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), John Moolenaar (R-Midland), Dave Trott (R-Birmingham) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).

The Congressional Breakfast is sponsored by the U-M Club of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going toward scholarships for DC-area students who attend Michigan. Over 300 people attended this year’s event, which also marked the official DC observance of U-M's bicentennial with special videos and remarks by Alumni Association President Steve Grafton.

TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER AND POSSIBLE OTHERS

The U-M Washington Office is closely following the Administration’s “Travel Ban” Executive Order. We are also working with our higher education associations to prepare to respond to any future executive orders that might deal with DACA and undocumented groups, such as H-1B visa and OPT issues.

Update information is shared on the Office of Public Affairs website at https://publicaffairs.vpcomm.umich.edu/undocumented-students-at-u-m/


U-M PRESIDENT’S REMARKS ON FEDERAL BUDGET PROPOSAL

March 16, 2016; University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel delivered comments regarding the federal budget proposal released by U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Today’s news from our nation’s capital gives me serious concerns about our faculty’s ability to do great work, like those recognized with the Sloan Fellowships."

"I want to reassure everyone in the University of Michigan family that we are working to further assess the impact of the President’s budget proposal and address it going forward." Read full article

Schlissel addresses immigration, endowments at annual D.C. breakfast

President Mark Schlissel talks with U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (left) at the annual U-M Congressional Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh)

President Mark Schlissel told a Washington, D.C., audience Wednesday that the University of Michigan continues its longtime commitment to be a leading international community of scholars.

Speaking at the 66th annual U-M Congressional Breakfast, Schlissel said the university's ability to attract the best students and faculty from around the globe “enhances our teaching, learning, research and societal impact” and is a major reason for U-M’s standing as an outstanding research university.

Schlissel said U-M is working with other universities to make sure foreign students and faculty can continue to enrich the excellence of U-M. "This is also an issue of competitiveness for our state," he added. "Preparation for that competition requires our students to have the skills and experiences best acquired through collaboration with diverse groups of people."
Read full article

Below left: U.S. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, delivered keynote remarks, urging alumni and others to work with people from diverse backgrounds to develop solutions to the problems facing our nation. (Photo by Brandon Ebenhoeh). Below right: Schlissel with UM alum and US Rep Ted Deutch (D-FL).


Content
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, met last week with more than 100 students from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in Washington, D.C., during their participation in the Washington Campus program.

Each year, U-M Masters in Accounting students visit the nation's capital to learn about public policy and its implications for business. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)


Content

U-M WASHINGTON OFFICE

Mike Waring, Executive Director of Federal Relations
Cindy Bank, Assistant Director, Washington Office
Kristina Ko, Director of Federal Relations for Research
Madeline Nykaza, Federal Relations Associate
499 S. Capitol Street, SW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20003
202-554-0578 (p)
202-554-0582 (f)
Follow us on Facebookand Twitter @UM_DCOffice

top