The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Tue, 06/29/2004 - 08:10

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named their six members of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program last week. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) appointed six commissioners earlier this year. Under the terms of the legislation authorizing the establishment of the Commission, 12 of its 17 members would be appointed by Congressional leaders, equally divided between the House and Senate, and the majority and minority parties. The leaders will jointly appoint the chair of the commission.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 06/25/2004 - 09:05

The House Appropriations Committee includes $345.346 million for the educational and cultural exchange programs of the Department of State for FY 2005 in its version of the Commerce-Justice-State-the Judiciary (CJS) appropriations legislation, approved Wednesday. The funding level for these programs is $28.713 million above the FY 2004 funding level, and equal to the amount in President Bush's FY 2005 budget request.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 06/01/2004 - 12:20

At the 56th Annual NAFSA Conference in Baltimore last week, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Maura Harty announced that the Department of State is working with the Department of Homeland Security on a pilot project to allow State to collect the SEVIS fee in India and China. The details of the pilot are still being worked out.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 06/01/2004 - 10:20

At the 56th Annual NAFSA Conference in Baltimore last week, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Maura Harty announced that the Department of State is working with the Department of Homeland Security on a pilot project to allow State to collect the SEVIS fee in India and China. The details of the pilot are still being worked out.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 04/30/2004 - 09:07

Margaret Tutwiler, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, has resigned her position, effective June 30. According to published reports, she will join the New York Stock Exchange, serving as executive vice president for communications and government relations.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 04/19/2004 - 11:03

The Alliance is pleased to announce that Mr. Rafal Wozny of Belchatow, Poland, joined us last week as a trainee. Rafal’s training will focus on management, finances, and administration matters.

Rafal is a fourth year student at Warsaw School of Economics, majoring in finance and banking. He previously has visited the U.S. on the summer work/travel program, and has worked in both Maine and Florida.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 04/01/2004 - 16:47

Noting the need to "reach beyond the traditional", "think outside the box", and "be more creative", Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Margaret Tutwiler opened the first public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Diplomacy in Washington yesterday.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 04/01/2004 - 11:09

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) today advised USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios that, "We face severe fiscal constraints in the coming year…The fact is, we are likely to receive a budget allocation for the subcommittee that is significantly below the President's request."

Mark Overmann
Thu, 03/18/2004 - 09:38

Meeting Date: March 18, 2004
Place: American Councils for International Education
Task Force chair: Elizabeth Chazottes, AIPT

Mark Overmann
Wed, 03/10/2004 - 14:59

Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) today told Secretary of State Colin Powell that Congress faces a very tough budget outlook this year and that the International Affairs budget was going to have to directly compete with domestic spending programs. Kolbe told Powell, "We may not be in a position to fully meet your needs."