Roundup Reel: Mid-January Edition

January 13, 2012 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

(The Roundup Reel features some of the recent funding-related developments that you may have missed.) Earlier this week, the Department of Transportation announced the award of nearly $1.6 billion for road and bridge repairs. Funding for the grants was made available through the supplemental disaster bill passed by Congress in late December. The Federal Highway Administration grants will reimburse states and other entities for fixing and replacing damage to highways, bridges and other roadway structures caused by Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently released an analysis of research and development funding for 2012 through the departments of Energy and Commerce, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency. While basic research, energy and environment will all receive increased funding, the overall investment for R&D is lower.

The Department of Education released 12 state-specific reports on the progress made with funding received from the Race to the Top program, a favorite of the Obama administration that has been heavily criticized by congressional Republicans and suffered a 21 percent funding cut in the final fiscal year 2012 budget.

The National Institutes of Health recently posted an interactive map of the research grants and contracts awarded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development from 2003 through 2011.

The Environmental Protection Agency has solicited comments and announced public workshops in late January and February to obtain stakeholder feedback on potentially integrating municipal stormwater and wastewater plans under the Clean Water Act.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its annual report on national health expenditures, indicating that health care spending in 2010 grew slowly for the second year in a row. In 2010, the federal government covered 29 percent of the nation’s health care expenses, boosted by short-term supplemental funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for state Medicaid programs. The Recovery Act funding also resulted in decreases in the state and local government shares of total health spending.

And finally, on the transportation front, the Congressional Budget Office recently released a report highlighting successful cases of using public-private partnerships for highway projects.

If you’ve come across a funding-related article, report or development that you’d like Funding Attractions to cover or share, let us know about it by leaving a comment or emailing me at adrianne[dot]fielding[at]Thompson[dot]com.


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