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Author: Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher is the deputy director of government relations at the American Library Association’s Washington Office. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before coming to the ALA in 2014, Kevin was the vice president of government affairs for the American Hotel and Lodging Association for 20 years.

Federal library funding remains stable as FY 2019 appropriations process moves forward

Months of advocacy by ALA members across the country has produced the first positive results for fiscal year (FY) 2019 funding as the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee voted today to provide level funding for the Institute of Museum…

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Dept. of Education disaster funding opportunity for libraries

Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of nearly $2.7 billion in federal assistance to schools, school districts, local education agencies and institutions of higher education in meeting the educational needs of students affected by various disasters including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as…

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FY 2019 appropriations bills move forward, just in time for National Library Legislative Day

Progress on the FY 2019 appropriations bills moves forward towards the October 1 deadline. ALA members participating in next week’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), or Virtual Library Legislative Day, are weighing in on library funding at a critical time as House and Senate Appropriations Committees are still crafting their…

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Rescissions: The give and take of congressional budgeting

Can Congress and the president take back spending weeks after they approved said spending? The short answer is, yes, through a procedure called a “rescission,” but it won’t be easy. Federal budgeting for more than $3 billion in annual spending is a complex process with rules, delays and pitfalls that…

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School library literacy grants available

This week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the beginning of the application period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) grants. This program, which is open to school libraries, provides $27 million in federal funding to support the improvement of literacy skills for youth in high-need schools and communities. Applicants…

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