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  • Announcements from OFR | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    asked to submit a report to Crystal Laster in the Division of Public Affairs Reports are required not only for in person meetings with Members of Congress or their staff but also any other communications for the purpose of federal lobbying such as meetings in Nashville telephone calls letters and e mails Lobbying contacts made by University employees in their capacity as private citizens and not using Vanderbilt resources do not need to be reported The following information should be submitted within 10 days after the end of each quarter the date of all such meetings or communications who the meeting or communication was with the subject discussed e g funding of Alpha Project research or amending the immigration bill to promote access by foreign students or increasing the budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities the approximate length of time of each meeting the length of time spent preparing for each meeting or communication and the costs associated with each meeting including travel costs to Washington or a pro rata share of those costs when the travel involves other non lobbying activities if appropriate and a portion of salary and benefits We have attached a form to facilitate this reporting In addition University faculty and staff are encouraged to notify the Office of Federal Relations before if possible they engage in federal lobbying activities on behalf of the University We are happy to help arrange meetings and provide guidance on the most effective way to communicate a message to a federal lawmaker or their staff Vanderbilt University conducts its advocacy activities in a very transparent and professional manner in light of the ethics rules it is essential that we carefully and fully report all such activities by the University and its employees to the House and Senate Gifts Meals and Travel 1 Vanderbilt University and individuals employed by the University and acting on our behalf cannot provide gifts to Members of Congress and their staff with a value in excess of 10 This eliminates virtually any souvenir that might be offered at a meeting conference or special event such as a t shirt hat or coffee mug There are certain exceptions for longstanding personal friendships In addition the rules generally deem a gift to any family member of a Member of Congress spouse or child to be a gift to the Member subject to all of the ticket gift and food restrictions Please check with the Office of Federal Relations if you have any questions 2 Vanderbilt University cannot pay for any meal food or drink with a Member of Congress or their staff While there are certain prescribed exceptions such as for longstanding personal friendships and for widely attended public events at which passed canapés can fit on a toothpick the so called toothpick exemption please check with the Office of Federal Relations in advance of extending an invitation so we can ensure that the meal is not otherwise prohibited 3 Vanderbilt University can continue to invite

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/announcements.php (2016-02-16)
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  • Advocacy | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    for FY15 March 19 2014 Letter from Coalition for National Science Funding expressing concerns with H R 4186 the Frontiers in Research Science Technology FIRST Act of 2014 March 12 2014 Letter from the Coalition for National Security Research expressing concerns about the potential relocation of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research from its headquarters in Arlington Virginia to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio Jan 29 2014 2013 Letter from United for Medical Research urging support for eliminating sequestration and supporting medical research at the National Institutes of Health Nov 14 2013 Letter urging support for continuing funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy June 26 2013 Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Sen Lamar Alexander R Tenn outlining the university s programmatic priorities for FY14 April 1 2013 Letter from Ad Hoc Group led community to all Members of Congress expressing concern about the impact of continued cuts to National Institutes of Health Feb 11 2013 2012 Letter from a group of 116 scientific and higher education associations and universities including Vanderbilt University to President Obama and House and Senate leaders urging them to work together to achieve a bipartisan compromise that avoids the fiscal cliff and moves the country on to sound fiscal footing without sacrificing our nation s crucial investments in science and technology Dec 7 2012 Cliff looming for biomedical research By Jeff Balser Tennessean Dec 2 2012 Irresponsible cuts to research will curtail innovation By Nicholas S Zeppos and Joe DiPietro Nov 28 2012 Letter from the research community including Vanderbilt expressing concerns with several provisions related to the National Institutes of Health in the FY 2013 Labor HHS Education appropriations bill passed by the House Labor HHS Subcommittee Oct 1 2012 Letter to the President and Congress from more than 150 university presidents and chancellors including Vanderbilt supporting visa reform Sept 13 2012 Letter from the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land grant Universities urging policymakers to forge a balanced long term deficit reduction agreement that will reduce budget deficits rein in the nation s debt and prevent the indiscriminate cuts of sequestration July 11 2012 Letter to Sens Dianne Feinstein D Calif and Lamar Alexander R Tenn from the research community urging support for continuing funding for Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy in the FY 2012 budget April 18 2012 Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep Jim Cooper D Tenn outlining the university s programmatic priorities for FY13 March 16 2012 2011 Letter from East Tennessee State University Meharry Medical College the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University to Sen Lamar Alexander R Tenn opposing efforts to cut funding for programs that train the next generation of physicians July 14 2011 Letter from the Office of Federal Relations to Rep Jim Cooper D Tenn outlining the University s research priorities for FY 2012 May 6 2011 Letter from Vanderbilt s Chancellor Nicholas S Zeppos and the University

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/advocacy.php (2016-02-16)
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  • Contact Your Rep | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    Sen Bob Corker Rep Phil Roe Tenn 1st District Rep John Duncan Tenn 2nd District Rep Chuck Fleischmann Tenn 3rd District Rep Scott DesJarlais Tenn 4th District Rep Jim Cooper Tenn 5th District Vanderbilt is located in this district Rep Diane Black Tenn 6th District Rep Marsha Blackburn Tenn 7th District Rep Steve Fincher Tenn 8th District Rep Steve Cohen Tenn 9th District Find and contact your representatives in the

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/contactrep.php (2016-02-16)
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  • The Higher Education Community in Washington | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    s federal relations officers are active in numerous associations and councils dedicated to higher education research The Association of American Universities AAU the primary association to which Vanderbilt belongs is an association of 62 leading public and private research universities AAU focuses on issues important to research intensive institutions such as funding for research research policy issues and graduate and undergraduate education AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation scholarship and solutions that contribute to our nation s economy security and well being The Association of American Medical Colleges AAMC one of the primary associations to which the Vanderbilt University Medical Center belongs represents all 133 accredited U S and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools approximately 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies Through its many programs and services the AAMC strengthens our country s medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education research and patient care activities conducted by their member institutions Some other useful Websites for those interested in higher education and research policy are listed below Higher Education Policy and Administration American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers American Council on Education Association of American Universities Council for Advancement and Support of Education Council of Graduate Schools Council for Higher Education Accreditation Council on Governmental Relations National Association of College and University Business Officers National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Association of Public and Land grant Universities Health Policy American Hospital Association Association of Academic Health Centers Association of American Medical Colleges Student Issues NAFSA Association of International Educators National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Student Aid Alliance Research American Association for the Advancement of Science American Institute of Physics Association of University Centers on Disabilities Association of University Technology Managers Campus Safety

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/highered.php (2016-02-16)
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  • The Federal Government | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    the Vanderbilt University community agencies of the Executive Branch and links to the Judicial Branch Legislative Branch House of Representatives Senate Congress gov Tennessee s Delegation in the United States Congress Selected Congressional Committees and Offices Senate Senate Appropriations Committee Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee Senate Commerce Science and Transportation Committee Senate Finance Committee House House Appropriations Committee House Education and Labor Committee House Energy and Commerce Committee House Science and Technology Committee House Ways and Means Committee Executive Branch Below is a list of key federal agencies and departments that are important to the concerns and objectives of Vanderbilt University For more general information about our federal government and its regulations explore USA gov as well as regulations gov Key Federal Agencies and Departments The White House Office of Management and Budget Office of Science and Technology Policy Department of Defense Department of Education Department of Energy Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Services Government Accountability Office Institute of Museum and Library Services National Aeronautics and Space Administration National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Humanities National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation Tennessee Valley Authority Judicial Branch Below are links to both the

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/links.php (2016-02-16)
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  • Internships | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    time in the Office of Federal Relations Read their testimonies below and a VIEW from VIEW a blog post by the Office of Federal Relations 2015 summer intern from the VIEW program where she discusses her experience in our office during her eight week internship Interning with the VU Office of Federal Relations gave me my first experience working in an office environment and engaging with the policy field I learned invaluable soft skills like how to write a policy memo dig up hard to find information quickly or how to craft an email for the right audience true but I also had the chance to learn from policy experts from a wide range of fields about the big issues of our time and what it will take to address them Sarah VIEW Intern Summer 2008 Working in the Office of Federal Relations I was trusted with substantial work on real life projects that translated into real communications with University personnel and the Hill I worked alongside a staff who focused on big picture goals and met them all while collaborating in a professional and kind environment I met Hill staffers and lobbyists weekly and with each connection made I discovered advocates who loved their work and I loved it too Jillian VIEW Intern Summer 2010 When I was offered the intern position with the Office of Federal Relations I was excited to have the opportunity to learn more about higher education administration I can now confidently say that I have developed a much greater understanding of the role that government plays in higher education I believe this knowledge will be invaluable as I pursue my next steps in the field of education whatever they may be Evan VIEW Intern Summer 2012 Interning at the Vanderbilt Office of Federal Relations

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/internships.php (2016-02-16)
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  • Vanderbilt STEM Policy in Washington | Community | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    the program may be directed to the contact person listed on the application See the MyVU article below for more information on this year s seminar VU students learn about federal STEM issues and advocacy in Washington D C By Gabriella Ra anan MyVU Oct 20 2015 2015 AGENDA Thursday October 15 2015 Hall of the States office building 444 North Capitol Street NW Room 333 Third Floor Washington DC 20001 9 00 AM Welcome and Introductions 9 30 AM Introduction to U S Science Technology 10 15 AM Break 10 30 AM Introduction to the Federal Budget Process Federal R D Budgets 11 30 AM The Administration s View 1 00 PM Brown Bag Lunch and Interactive Professional Development Session 3 00 PM 3 45 PM Walk to Capitol Hill for Photo and Hill Panel 3 45 PM Capitol Hill Careers 5 00 PM Conclude 6 00 7 30 PM Networking Reception Friday October 16 2015 9 00 AM Case Study Mock FY16 Commerce Justice Science Appropriations Conference Committee 11 00 AM Break 11 15 AM AAAS Science Technology Policy Fellowship Program OR for undergraduate participants Internship Roundtable 12 30 PM Lunch On Your Own 1 30 PM History and Current Trends in U S Science Policy A Conversation with AAU s Toby Smith 2 30 PM Break 2 45 4 15 PM Stakeholder Voices The Roles of Associations Coalitions and Professional Societies 4 15 PM Final Break 4 30 PM Reflections Conclusions ELIGIBILITY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Applicants must be current Vanderbilt University undergraduates PhD or MS MA students or postdoctoral fellows in the disciplines of Science quantitative Social Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Undergraduates must be juniors or seniors MS students must be in a terminal Master s program and have completed one full year of graduate work at VU by the time of application All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the Fall 2015 semester Biomedical PhD students who entered graduate school through the IGP QCB CPB or IMSD must have passed their qualifying and be admitted to candidacy before the application deadline of August 24 Postdoctoral fellows must work for a faculty member whose primary appointment is in a medical center program or department 2 Applicants must hold U S citizenship or dual citizenship between the US and another country 3 Applicants must be able to attend the full workshop in Washington D C on October 15 16 2015 this will require departure from Nashville on October 14 APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS The application deadline for Federal STEM Policy Advocacy An Inside the Beltway Look is August 24 for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and September 6 for undergraduates Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will apply online at https www surveymonkey com r 2015 STEM policy and submit the following A CV or resume highlighting academic accomplishments and other experiences relevant to this event A letter of interest 300 400 words describing your interest in the role of science in policy making and

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/federalrelations/community/vustempolicyindc.php (2016-02-16)
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  • DCbrief | Office of Federal Relations | Vanderbilt University
    of Higher Education Feb 14 2016 Research News AAU APLU Statement Thanks Rep Hultgren for His Amendment to FLIGHT R D Bill The Association of American Universities AAU and the Association of Public and Land grant Universities APLU on Feb 11 issued a statement thanking Rep Randy Hultgren R Ill for introducing an amendment to the FLIGHT R D Act H R 4489 that would prevent federal regulations from impeding university research and development R D and teaching involving small unmanned aircraft systems The amendment was approved by voice vote during the House Science Space and Technology Committee s markup of the bill Rep Hultgren s amendment would prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from issuing regulations regarding small unmanned aircraft systems that are flown strictly for R D and education Association of American Universities Feb 12 2016 Health News Justice Scalia s Death Leaves Healthcare Cases in Limbo The death of U S Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who famously said the Affordable Care Act ACA should be called SCOTUScare leaves in limbo a number of healthcare related cases The Supreme Court justices are considering a number of important healthcare cases focusing on topics including abortion and the ACA s contraception mandate Scalia s absence could make a difference in some of those cases Modern Healthcare Feb 13 2016 Medicare Advantage Battle Looms Over Pay Rates Risk Adjustment The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services on Friday will unveil preliminary payment rates and policies for 2017 Medicare Advantage and Part D plans And judging from the barrage of ads that have already come out it s likely to be contentious Proposed payment benchmarks the updated risk adjustment model provider networks and in home assessments will be highly watched policy topics In February federal policymakers lay out their calculations of Medicare Advantage

    Original URL path: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/emails/omni/federal-relations/dcbrief.html (2016-02-16)
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