The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Mon, 10/25/2004 - 13:30

The Alliance is pleased to welcome Eszter Pall, an undergraduate intern through the Hungarian-American Enterprise Scholarship Fund (HAESF). The HAESF program is administered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

Mark Overmann
Fri, 10/22/2004 - 12:45

The Alliance this fall completed its second trip to visit consular posts in Europe to discuss visa processing. We visited the following posts: Dublin, Riga, Kiev, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Minsk, and Krakow, where consular staff from Warsaw also participated in the meetings.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 10/07/2004 - 13:11

Responding to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Richard Lugar’s (R-IN) desire that the United States “achieve an effective balance on student visas”, members of the higher education and exchange communities yesterday offered suggestions to improve visa processing at a hearing before the Committee.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 10/06/2004 - 10:59

Noting that Congress is “doing the unthinkable – downsizing the President’s foreign policy budget request at a time of our greatest diplomatic crisis in decades”, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) said yesterday that the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will have a hard time as it competes for scarce funds in seeking to fulfill its ambitious vision over the next six to 12 months. His comments were made at a hearing to assess the progress of the MCC program.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 10/05/2004 - 10:20

Nearly a year after Congress authorized the formation of a commission to design a bold new study abroad program, appointments to the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program are now complete.

Mark Overmann
Fri, 09/24/2004 - 12:20

The U.S. Senate approved the FY 2005 Foreign Operations Appropriations legislation last night, moving it one step further on the path to final approval. The bill passed by voice vote.

As reported earlier this week by the Alliance, the Senate version of the legislation would provide $19.5 billion overall for foreign assistance programs, $1 million below the House level of $19.4 billion, and $1.9 billion below the President’s request.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 09/23/2004 - 09:49

The final date for the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program to report its findings to Congress and the President, will likely be extended under legislation approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 09/22/2004 - 12:20

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Foreign Operations spending legislation last week, providing an increase of $2 billion over current levels for programs ranging from development assistance to aid for the Middle East and HIV/AIDS funding. The Senate legislation would cut the proposed level of spending for the President’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, but the bill would fund the program at a higher level than last year. The bill would provide $19.5 billion overall for foreign assistance programs, $1 million below the House level of $19.4 billion, and $1.9 billion below the President’s request.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 09/22/2004 - 10:10

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Mark Overmann
Mon, 09/20/2004 - 11:03

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a wide-ranging bill last week that would significantly increase funding for exchange programs, and directs the Department of State to undertake major changes in visa processing, its administration of the Exchange Visitor Program, and its conduct of public diplomacy.