Federal investments

Funding Bill Stalls

by Rachel Zinn
Thursday, June 12, 2014

An appropriations bill to fund labor, education and health programs in 2015 has stalled in the Senate.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies discussed the bill on Tuesday and we expected the full committee to consider it today, but CQ Roll Call reports that markup of the bill has been delayed indefinitely.

New Grants Promote Data

by Rachel Zinn
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant solicitation released today by the U.S. Department of Labor uses several strategies to encourage colleges to collect and use data on student outcomes.

TAACCCT grants will award $450 million to higher education institutions to support sector-based training programs no longer than two years. This is the fourth round of grants.

Making the Most of Federal Data

by Rachel Zinn
Monday, February 24, 2014

Federal agencies should push harder to use their data for research that aids in policy and program improvements, according to a recent memo from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

The memo explains that research and evaluation “help the Federal Government understand how public needs are changing, how well Federal policy and programs are addressing those needs, and where greater progress can be achieved.”