March 2011

With job growth still weak and international experience high on the list of demands from potential students, undergraduate business programs across the U.S. are “going global in a big way,” Geoff Gloeckler at Bloomberg Businessweek reports:

The Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Office of International Affairs and Trade released a report last week on “Foreign Operations: Key Issues for Congressional Oversight.” Included in its findings is the assessment that “foreign language gaps…put the [State] Department’s diplomatic readiness at risk”:

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In a letter to officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a group of U.S.

A growing number of U.S. higher education institutions are “putting an international stamp on the president’s office” and hiring foreign-born leaders, the New York Times reports today:

“As colleges in the United States race to expand study-abroad programs and even to create campuses overseas, they are also putting an international stamp on the president’s office.

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The Senate rejected yesterday both Republican and Democratic spending plans to fund the remainder of FY 2011, Politico and Roll Call report. H.R. 1, the House’s bill that would slice $61 billion from federal spending (including more than $130 million from State Department exchange programs), was voted down 44-56. S. Amdt.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 03/04/11.

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Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), along with Illinois Representatives Mike Quigley (D) and Dan Lipinski (D), are planning to introduce the Secure Travel and Counterterrorism Partnership Act in both Chambers of Congress, according to a Press Release posted on the three legislators’ websites (available at links above).

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Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, introduced a new continuing resolution (CR) today to extend federal funding until April 8, while cutting $6 billion in spending. A committee news release indicates that none of the funds designated to be cut are from the State Department’s budget for exchange programs.

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Hours before the Senate rejected both the House spending plan H.R. 1 and a Senate Substitute for FY 2011 on Wednesday, Senate State, Foreign Ops Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued a statement in which he commented on the drastic budgets cuts envisioned by H.R.

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► The Alliance reported record numbers for its 11th annual Advocacy Day that took place on March 3rd: 96 participants from 26 Alliance member organizations, representing 30 states and the District of Columbia, participated in this year’s trip to Capitol Hill.

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