The Alliance Policy Monitor

Timely, authoritative reporting on exchange news and policy trends

Mark Overmann
Wed, 02/25/2004 - 15:40

The House Science Committee today called on the Departments of State and Homeland Security to streamline visa processing.

Noting the need for balance between enhancing homeland security and ensuring that the U.S. science continues to thrive, Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) said, "A visa regime that casts too wide a net - that holds up just about everybody for excessive security checks - that regime is not good for security or for science. It's not good for security because if distracts and overwhelms the system, taking resources away from investigations of individuals more likely to present a real threat to our nation. And it's obviously not good for science, given that U.S. success in science has always depended on attracting the best minds from around the world."

Mark Overmann
Fri, 02/20/2004 - 13:22

The Alliance’s fourth annual Advocacy Day was held on February 12, 2004, in conjunction with the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA), an Alliance member representing the chief international officers on campuses throughout the United States. The successful partnership between the Alliance and AIEA garnered 123 participants who visited more than 120 House and Senate offices on Capitol Hill, representing 28 states. AIEA’s membership generated 49 of the participants, with 74 coming from other Alliance member organizations. In all, 28 Alliance member organizations participated.

Mark Overmann
Tue, 02/10/2004 - 16:02

Under Secretary of State Margaret Tutwiler called again today for American public diplomacy to reach "broader, wider, and deeper" to improve foreign perceptions of the U.S., particularly in the Middle East.

Mark Overmann
Wed, 02/04/2004 - 13:40

Repeatedly citing polling data showing profound anti-American sentiment around the world, senior members of Congress today expressed disappointment at the Bush Administration's reaction to a major report on U.S. public diplomacy in the Middle East, calling the response 'lackluster', 'tepid', and 'discouraging'.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 02/02/2004 - 15:19

In his FY 2005 budget, which tightens spending for most discretionary programs outside of homeland security and defense, President Bush called for a small increase in spending for educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State. The FY 2005 request of $345.346 million is equal to the amount requested last year, and $25.346 million above the amount appropriated by Congress in FY 2004.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 02/02/2004 - 09:45

In his FY 2005 budget, which tightens spending for most discretionary programs outside of homeland security and defense, President Bush called for a small increase in spending for educational and cultural exchange programs at the Department of State. The FY 2005 request of $345.346 million is equal to the amount requested last year, and $25.346 million above the amount appropriated by Congress in FY 2004.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 01/22/2004 - 16:12

Following a long and contentious process, the Senate this afternoon passed the $820 billion fiscal year (FY) 2004 omnibus spending package which includes $320 million for educational and cultural exchange programs, $500,000 for the Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowships Commission, $1 billion for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and $1.65 billion for HIV/AIDS, among other programs. The final agreement which funds seven of the 13 annual appropriations bills, was approved by the House in early December.

Mark Overmann
Thu, 01/22/2004 - 09:18

Following a long and contentious process, the Senate this afternoon passed the $820 billion fiscal year (FY) 2004 omnibus spending package which includes $320 million for educational and cultural exchange programs, $500,000 for the Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowships Commission, $1 billion for the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and $1.65 billion for HIV/AIDS, among other programs. The final agreement which funds seven of the 13 annual appropriations bills, was approved by the House in early December. The Senate held back its approval until today, almost four months into the fiscal year, because of several contentious issues unrelated to exchanges in the bill. The legislation is now cleared for President Bush's signature.

Mark Overmann
Mon, 12/01/2003 - 10:54

The omnibus funding legislation that incorporates seven appropriations bills includes language and funding for a commission to recommend a significant new program to increase study abroad by American university students.