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Federal update december 7 2008 sharon walsh itca and dec

Federal Update

December 7, 2008

Sharon Walsh

ITCA and DEC


Agenda

Agenda

  • Transition to New Administration

  • New 111th Congress

  • Economy and Stimulus

  • Appropriations

  • 110th Congress

  • Regulations Update

  • Plans for 111th Congress


Obama administration transition

Obama Administration Transition

  • www.change.gov

  • Transition Team Meetings- "Seat at the Table" Transparency Policy

  • Early Childhood Group (Education and HHS) met in 3 sessions last week

  • Listening Mode

  • Looking for cross-agency ideas on what is needed to

    create a national policy for early childhood

    and the integration and alignment of existing

    federal programs


Policy workgroups

Policy Workgroups

  • Economic

  • Education

  • Energy and Environment

  • Health Care

  • Immigration

  • National Security

  • Technology, Innovation

    and Government Reform


Education policy group

Education Policy Group

  • Led by Linda Darling-Hammond

  • Education Plan - $18 B investment

    • Early Childhood - $10 B of the total

    • Includes Zero to 5 Plan with emphasis on

      infants (Part C mentioned) ; expansion of Early

      Head Start and Head Start; provision of affordable

      high-quality child care

    • K-12

    • Higher Education


Key nominations

Key Nominations

  • Attorney General – Eric Holder

  • Secretary of State – Hillary Clinton

  • Commerce – Bill Richardson

  • Defense – Robert Gates

  • Homeland Security – Janet Napolitano

  • HHS – Tom Daschle

  • Treasury – Tim Geithner


Key appointments

Key Appointments

  • Rahm Emanuel – Chief of Staff

  • Gen James Jones – National Security

    Adviser

  • White House Press Sec – Robert Gibbs

  • Melody Barnes – Director, Domestic Policy Council

  • Peter Orszag – Director, Office of

    Management and Budget (OMB)


111 th congress

111th Congress

Convenes January 6, 2009

Senate (100 members)

  • Democrats – 56

  • Republicans – 41

  • Independents – 2

    House (435 members)

  • Democrats – 255

  • Republicans – 177


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111th Congress

  • Senate Majority Leader – Harry Reid (NV)

  • President Pro Tempore – Robert Byrd (WV)

  • Asst Majority Leader – Dick Durbin (IL)

  • Senate Min Leader–Mitch McConnell (KY)

  • Minority Whip – Jon Kyl (AZ)

  • Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi (CA)

  • Majority Leader – Steny Hoyer (MD)

  • House Minority Leader – John Boehner (OH)

  • Minority Whip – Eric Cantor (VA)


Center on budget and policy priorities

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • State Budgets - Updated November 12, 2008

  • At least 41 states faced or are facing shortfalls in their budgets for this and/or next year. 

  • Over half the states had already cut spending, used reserves, or raised revenues in order to adopt a balanced budget for the current fiscal year

  • Budgets have fallen out of balance again and new gaps have opened up in the budgets of at least 31 states plus DC

  • http://www.cbpp.org/9-8-08sfp.htm


Families usa

Families USA

  • “Left Behind: America’s Uninsured

    Children” November 2008

    Families USA Report

    www.familiesusa.org

  • One in nine children or 11.1% of

    children in this country are uninsured


Health care reform

Health Care Reform

  • Major priority -111th Congress & Administration

  • Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) issued a 98 page white

    paper “Call to Action: Health Care Reform 2009." 

  • “Comprehensive health reform legislation must be

    part of any successful economic recovery plan….calls on Congress to act on meaningful health care reform

    in 2009 that achieves coverage for all Americans,

    while also addressing the underlying problems of cost and quality.  We need immediate action on health

    care reform.  Health care costs and the economy are

    linked:  The key challenges of our health care system are high costs, low quality, and insufficient access.”

    http://finance.senate.gov/healthreform2009/home.html


Stimulus package planned

Stimulus Package Planned

  • Fall 2008 unemployment benefits

    extended

  • New stimulus (recovery) package with

    investment in jobs creation is being negotiated

  • May include Increase in FMAP

  • Significant advocacy for many initiatives

    including funding for early childhood (child

    care, Head Start, IDEA program)


Federal budget

Federal Budget

  • Benefits Programs (Social Security,

    Medicare and Medicaid – 53%

  • National Security – 24%

  • Nonsecurity Domestic – 16%

  • Interest on the Debt – 7%

    Source OMB 2008


Appropriations

Appropriations

  • FFY’09 Began October 1, 2008 funding

    for July 2009 awards

  • 9/12 bills not passed by 10/1

  • Continuing Resolution (CR) funding at

    FFY’08 levels

  • Final FFY’09 on President’s desk 1/20

  • Process for FFY’10 begins in 2/09


Idea funding

IDEA Funding

  • Part B - $10.94 billion -17.1%

  • Part C - $435 million

  • Sec. 619 Preschool - $374 million

  • Support Programs (Part D) - 1% of total IDEA budget - $224.6 million


Federal funding ffy 08

Federal Funding – FFY’08

  • MCH Block Grant - $666 million

  • HRSA -Combating Autism Act - $16.5

    million

  • DD State Grants - $72.5 million

  • Head Start - $6.9 billion

  • CCBDG - $2 billion

  • CAPTA - $95 million


110 th congress

110th Congress

  • Head Start Reauthorization

  • Higher Education Opportunity ACT Reauthorization (HEOA)

  • Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici

    Mental Health Parity and Addiction

    Equity ACT

  • ADA Amendments ACT of 2008


Regulations update

Regulations Update

  • 3 sets of Part B regulations have been

    published

  • Final Part C regulations went to OMB in mid-October

  • OMB has 90 days to review

  • Part C regulations can be released up

    until the Inauguration

  • FERPA regulations expected 12/08

  • Title I regulations published Fall 2008


Medicaid update

Medicaid Update

  • Six Medicaid regulations put on

    Moratorium through March 2009

  • Contained in Iraq War Supplemental 6/08

  • Rehabilitation, Transportation and

    Administrative Claiming and Targeted Case

    Management (TCM) are on hold

  • Some portions of TCM regs did go into effect

  • Outpatient Clinic Regulation in effect - Not

    covered in Moratoria


Plans for 111th congress

Plans for 111th Congress

  • Fiscal Crisis

  • NCLB

  • IDEA

  • SCHIP Reauthorization – Passed 2x

  • Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization

  • CAPTA Reauthorization

  • Developmental Disabilities Act

    Reauthorization

  • SAMPSA Reauthorization

  • Child Nutrition


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