2016 FY Federal Funding Update

The fiscal year 2016 appropriations process in Congress has broken down despite a burst of momentum over the past six weeks. For the first time in six years, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees completed action on the twelve funding bills before the August recess. In fact, the House was able to pass six more >

House Bill Surfaces That Would Eliminate the NHPRC

Recently a draft bill surfaced in the House which included a provision to eliminate the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). On July 21, the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee had been expected to consider legislation to address the massive employee records data breach at the Office of Personnel Management. The costs more >

Senate Passes K-12 Education Bill Including History Initiatives

On July 16, the U.S. Senate approved S. 1177, the “Every Child Achieves Act,” with strong bipartisan support. The vote in favor of the bill was 81-17. The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and would replace the much-maligned “No Child Left Behind Act.” The legislation reduces the role of the federal more >

NEH Community College Grants Announced

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently launched a new series of grants for two-year college institutions. Under the umbrella “Humanities Initiatives,” these NEH Community College grants are “intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature” and “enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, more >

NEH “Dialogues on the Experience of War” Grant Program Announced

A new grant program aimed at bringing a “humanities perspective and context to the experience of war” is being offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The “Dialogues on the Experience of War” grant program plans to “expand and deepen the understanding of military service [through] humanities text and community discussions.” It falls more >

The Smithsonian Welcomes New Secretary

Dr. David J. Skorton became the Smithsonian Institutions 13th Secretary in its 169-year history on July 1, 2015. Previously, Skorton served as president at Cornell University and Iowa University. His background and training is in cardiology, which he taught for twenty-six years. He is the first medical doctor to lead the Smithsonian. In assuming his more >

Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records Grant Announced

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced a grant program to encourage public access to historical records titled, “Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records.” The new grant aims to generate online tools to better engage digitized records and provide training for digital literary skills needed to access those records. Possible projects might more >