ARCUS D.C. Arctic Research Seminar Series – Ambassador Mark Brzezinski

May 19, 2016 – ARCUS DC Office, Washington, D.C. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski, Executive Director of the Arctic Executive Steering Committee, provided a presentation giving an update on the activities of the U.S. Arctic Executive Steering Committee and briefed the group on the upcoming White House Arctic Science Ministerial being planned for September 28. — Please subscribe or sign in […]

Alaska Arctic Council Ad Hoc Working Group – Food Security

April 19, 2016 – Altwood State Office Building, Anchorage, Alaska Daniel Consenstein, State Executive Director, Alaska Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, was the featured speaker for the working group’s April 19 teleconference meeting. Consenstein said food security fits within the Arctic Council’s (AC) themes and initiatives on improving economic and community living conditions. […]

Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing on the U.S. Geological Survey

April 7, 2016 – Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. In her opening statement, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said her committee had not conducted a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) direct oversight hearing, outside of the nominations process, for a long time, and many important and relevant issues are open for exploration. — Please subscribe or […]

Department of Energy FY2017 Budget Request

The FY2017 DOE budget request is for $32.5 billion in discretionary spending, which is $747 million more from the enacted 2016 budget. Unlike previous budgets, the FY2017 budget contains three major components. — Please subscribe or sign in to read the full story.

Department of Homeland Security FY2017 Budget Request

February 2016 – Washington, D.C. During the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to review the FY2017 budget request and funding justification for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Jeh Johnson testified that the budget request calls for $40.6 billion in appropriated funds (compared to $41 billion in FY2016), but with an increase in total spending authority to $66.8 billion (compared to $64.8 billion in […]

Department of Interior FY2017 Budget Request

February 23, 2016 – Washington, D.C. Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, testified before the Senate Energy & Natural Resources (ENR) hearing on the DOI’s budget request for FY2017 on February 23, 2016. It is $61 million above 2016 enacted. The current budget authority includes $13.4 billion in net discretionary spending for its programs, with $290 million available for catastrophic fires. Please subscribe or […]

U.S. Arctic Research Commission 103rd Meeting

March 4-5 – Washington, DC The U.S. Arctic Research Commission (USARC) met in DC for its 103rd session to present staff reports and to continue drafting USARC goals and recommendations. Participants at the meeting included: Commissioner Fran Ulmer, Chair – Anchorage, AK Commissioner David Benton, Fisheries Consultant – Juneau, AK Commissioner Mary Pete, Director of […]