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2 Who We Are Matt Hammons, UN Federal Relations Coordinator, Renee Fry, UNMC Director of Government Relations, Paula Turpen, PhD, UNMC Director of Research Resources, Sara Cizek, UNMC Federal Relations Associate, Bob Holmstedt, District Manager, Senator Ben Nelson Heath Mello, Staff Associate, Senator Ben Nelson

3 What is a Congressional Earmark?  The word "earmark" refers to any element of a spending bill that allocates money for a very specific purpose  It is a line item of a few words under a particular division or budget of a federal agency department in an appropriations bill before Congress  Is added at the request of a member of Congress  Designates a recipient institution, amount, project name

4 What’s the difference between competitive funding and earmarks? Written proposals must be highly technical and detailed Center projects are a priority The more projects submitted the higher the odds of funding Request for proposals is open to anyone Proposal judged on merit compared to competition Request for proposals is specific and limited (niche) Number of projects submitted is very targeted and limited Centers are discouraged Written proposals must be brief and simple, emphasize outcomes and benefits to state Proposal is judged on funds available for allocation and position of the member

5 How does the NU earmark process work?  Coordinate annual process to develop earmark proposals  Each campus has a limited number of requests (7 for UNMC)  Feedback on concept and determine appropriations category  Agriculture, Rural Development  Commerce, Justice, Science  Defense  Energy and Water  State, Foreign Operations  Interior, Environment  Labor/Health & Human Services/Education  Transportation, Housing and Urban Development  Four appropriations bills not generally earmarked—Financial Services, Homeland Security, Leg Branch, Military Constr/Veterans  Projects selected, prioritized, and focused in 2-page proposals  Campus initiates process with 2-3 sentence concept summaries  University of Nebraska projects from all four campuses are presented in a notebook to Nebraska Congressional offices

6 UNMC’s Earmark Process Earmark Process  Earmark Workshop forums conducted in the Spring  Earmark Proposal Forms, found on the UNMC Government Relations website, due by July 2 Earmark Objectives  Focus on UNMC and departmental strategic goals  Leverage funding into more opportunities  Show outcomes from funding the project  Support of community and constituencies

7 UNMC’s Earmark Process Earmark Expectations  Presentations to Nebraska Congressional members, staff and others  If funded, may interact with news media  If Defense request, will need to identify appropriate program within DoD  Understanding of how your request advances the mission of the federal agency and goals of the federal government  Secure letters of support and verbal support from other constituencies

8 July/August 2007 Campuses begin identification of potential earmark proposals and develop earmark paragraph summaries (2-3 sentences) September 2007 Earmark summaries with request amount range submitted for feedback from lobbyist and university administration Campuses draft two-page earmark proposals based on feedback December 2007 Final earmark proposals submitted to President’s Office Supplemental materials for earmark proposals submitted November 2007 President approves earmark proposals Campuses make final edits to earmark proposals October 2007 Earmark proposals prioritized by Chancellor and sent to President Campuses revise earmark proposals based on further feedback January 2008 Earmark proposals notebook prepared and sent to Nebraska Congressional offices Federal team visit to DC to brief Congressional offices on requests February/March 2008 Member offices determine priority requests Appropriations subcommittees work on appropriations bills, forms due University of Nebraska Earmark Process for FY 2009

9 Nebraska Congressional delegation committee assignments Senator Chuck Hagel  Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs  Foreign Relations  Intelligence  Rules and Administration Senator Ben Nelson  Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry  Appropriations (Ag, Financial, Interior, Leg, MilCon/VA)  Armed Services  Rules and Administration Congressman Jeff Fortenberry  Agriculture  Foreign Affairs  Small Business Congressman Lee Terry  Energy and Commerce Congressman Adrian Smith  Agriculture  Budget  Science and Technology

10 Earmark Account Descriptions as Applicable to UNMC AgencyType of Projects Agriculture*biotechnology *genetic technologies Commerce, Justice, Science JS: *forensic science *homeland security first responders center; CO: *construction of research center *magnetic-resonance-imaging device for proteomics research *foster science and technological leadership by enhancing technical standards and advancing measurement science Defense *telemedicine *biotechnology to counter chemical and biological-warfare *minimally invasive surgery simulators *virtual environment simulators *focus on warfighter and bioterrorism research/solutions

11 Earmark Account Descriptions, Cont. Energy & Water *biology and medicine *biotechnology *scientific computing research *medical imaging *bioinformatics *genomics *computational biology *molecular sciences *genetics and microbiology *neurobiology *biomedical engineering *medical robotics *environmental health *nuclear medicine *genome and nanotechnology research Foreign Ops/ State*international projects Labor/HHS/Education ED: *curricular development (science, bioinformatics) *technology upgrades and infrastructure *head injury centers *minority education; HHS: construction and renovation of research centers/ dental clinic *purchase imaging equipment *bioterrorism preparedness *imaging institute *continued education of allied health prof *center for improving medication-related outcomes Transportation *garages *streets

12 Does the project fit the goals of the designated federal agency? Why is this project needed now? What organizations in the state and nation support this project? What photos, newspaper articles, or visuals can you include to give a better understanding of this project? Does the project meet the strategic goals of university? How? What is budget of the project (personnel, equipment, travel)? What are the five key talking points to convey about the project? Key questions for an earmark proposal Why is the University of Nebraska best positioned to do this? What is the impact on Nebraskans? How will the project be sustained and funded after the earmark? What are the expected outcomes/deliverables from this project?

13 UNMC Federal Earmark Success NU Federal team begins work

14 Examples of past UNMC earmarks Miniature In Vivo Robots for Telesurgery in Combat--$2.25M in FY07 Defense Personal Protection Against Infectious Diseases--$1.8M in FY07 Defense Nanodiagnostics of Cancer--$2M in FY06 Defense National Biosecurity Center for Rural Health--$1M in FY04 Labor/HHS/Educ Great Plains Oral Health--$250K in FY04 Labor/HHS/Education Research Center of Excellence--$2M in FY03, $500,000 in FY02 Labor/HHS Nursing Resources--$500K in FY03 Labor/HHS/Education Lied Transplant Center--$5M in 1995 Eppley Cancer Institute--$5M in 1990

15 UNMC Federal Earmark Success 20072006200520042003 # Funded34233 % Funded38%43%40%50%30% Total amount$5.4M$3.15M$2M$3.75M$3.5M Average amount per project $1.8M$788K$1M$1.25M$1.17M

16 UNMC Funded Earmarks FY03-FY07 Miniature In Vivo Robots for Telesurgery in Combat (FY07 Defense)--$2,250,000 Personal Protection Against Infectious Diseases (FY07 Defense)--$1,800,000 Rapid Identification of Biological Warfare Agents (FY07 Defense)--$1,350,000 Nanodiagnostics of Cancer (FY06 Defense)--$2,000,000 Saddle Creek Road planning study (FY06 Transportation)--$1,000,000 Integrated Systems against Meth (FY06 Commerce, Justice, Science)--$150,000 Neurotoxin Mitigation (FY05 Defense)--$1,000,000 Weaponized Infectious Diseases (FY05 Defense)--$1,000,000 Automated Labs (FY04 Defense)--$2,500,000 National Biosecurity Center for Rural Health (FY04 Labor/HHS)--$1,000,000 Great Plains Oral Health (FY04 Labor/HHS/Education)--$250,000 Chemical Warfare (FY03 Defense)--$1,000,000 Biomedical Research Labs (FY03 Labor/HHS/Education)--$2,000,000 Nursing Resources (FY03 Labor/HHS/Education)--$500,000

17 Questions? Presentation and other earmark documents are posted on: under “Federal Funding Documents”

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