What’s with Washington?

What’s with Washington?

Feb 27
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

For better or for worse, the nation’s capital is the focus of attention for not only the media, but for many of us associated with the University of Illinois as well. The federal government accounts for 40% of the research expenditures in the College of ACES, through its various grant and formula funding programs. We also have several USDA scientists who live and work right here in ACES. Federal grants are even more important in the research portfolios of some other science and technology units on campus. That’s why the university is ably represented in Washington by our university government relations people and our faculty and administrators need a high profile there to stay competitive.

According to University Administration, up to $65 million could be at risk across the whole university from the mandatory spending cuts being hotly debated this week between Congress and the President, whether in research, student aid, or hospital operations in Chicago. So like it or not, the political machinations in Washington, D.C., matter and the answers are not simple, for those who make the feed, carry the feed, or eat the feed. George Washington would have been 281 years old last Friday, February 22.  I wonder what he would have thought.

Rich Vogen