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USAID: $10.4 Million to ‘Empower’ Girls in Malawi to Use Birth Control CNS
July 14, 2014
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to spend up to $10.4 million in taxpayer dollars to “empower” young girls in Malawi to use birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, particularly HIV - which disproportionately affects young females - even though such efforts have failed in the past.
NIH Spends $238K to Study Telemedicine for Trangender Women of ColorCNS
Jul 22nd, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $237,750 grant to George Washington University to study how the use of telemedicine can help overcome barriers to care for transgender women of color.
NIH Spends $186K to Help Homeless Kick Smoking HabitCNS
Jul 14th, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $186,192 to Massachusetts General Hospital to study ways to help the homeless stop smoking.
CNSNews
State Dept Again Announces $95K Grant to Teach Haitian Inmates How to SewCNS
Feb 25th, 2014
The State Department did not have success finding a grant recipient last year, so it decided to again announce a $95,000 grant opportunity for a pilot program to train Haitian inmates in textile production and assembly so that they can sew uniforms for other inmates.
Wikipedia
U.S. Will Spend $3.35M to 'Improve the Quality of Media Content'--In ArmeniaCNS
Dec 18th, 2013
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is planning to spend $3.35 million to “improve the quality of media content and strengthen the media’s capacity to meet professional standards” in Armenia, according to a request for applications.
CNSNews
$4.5M Fed Study: 'Effects of Climate Change on Indoor AirCNS
Nov 15th, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking non-profit organizations to conduct “research to improve understanding of the effects of climate change on indoor air quality and the resulting health effects.”
Wikimedia
Dept. of Education Spent $20.3 Million on 10 Equity Centers To Fight the ‘Isms’CNS
Nov 14th, 2013
The Department of Education (DOE) spent $20,396,892 over the last three years to set up and staff 10 Equity Assistance Centers (EACs) across the United States that work with school districts and state boards of education to fight “all of the –isms, like racism, ableism, orientation, etc.,” Velma Cobb, director of the EAC at Touro College in Lower Manhattan, told CNSNews.com.
CNSNews
Gov't Pays $1,123,463 to Develop Strawberry Harvest-Aiding RobotsCNS
Nov 8th, 2013

The USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) has given an award of $1,123,463 to the University of California, Davis to develop “relatively small, inexpensive robots" to aid in harvesting strawberries.

AP
Feds Spend $1.7 Million To Attract ‘Potential’ Foreign Investment to OhioCNS
Nov 7th, 2013
hree federal agencies have awarded three northeast Ohio non-profits and one county government agency a total of $1,796,867 to “help identify up to twenty-five firms with the potential to attract foreign investment from the bio-medical, automotive, and advanced energy sectors” as part of a larger $20.5 million “Make It In America Challenge” grant.
AP
Feds Spent $29 Million on Prescription Drugs for 4,139 Illegal AliensCNS
Nov 5th, 2013
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services.
CNSNews
$50K Fed Study Will View and Collect Poppy-Visiting InsectsCNS
Oct 23rd, 2013
The Interior Department is planning to spend $50,000 over a five-year period to study the dwarf bear-claw poppy, a federally listed endangered plant that grows in Washington County, Utah.
CNSNews
$742K to Test Breast Milk Composition Globally Using Samples of Infant FecesCNS
Oct 22nd, 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded $742,000 to Washington State University to test differences in breast milk around the world using breast milk and “infant fecal samples.”
CNSNews
Interior Department to Spend $600K to Radio Track BatsCNS
Oct 16th, 2013
The Interior Department through its Bureau of Reclamation has announced a $600,000 grant opportunity to capture and radio track California leaf-nosed bats and Townsend’s big-eared bats “from foraging areas and roosting areas to determine and describe the distribution of foraging distances (or distance to resources).”
AP
Feds Spend $777K On Ads Promoting NJ Blueberries, Other ‘Minor Small Fruits’CNS
Oct 8th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving $777,044 to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for 13 marketing projects, including a radio ad campaign to increase the consumption of New Jersey blueberries and other “minor small fruits,” the USDA announced late last month.
CNSNews
Open for Business: Gov't to Erect $98,670 OuthouseCNS
Oct 1st, 2013
The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently paid $98,670 for the purchase and installation of a waterless toilet at the Swede Park Trail Head in Alaska.
AP
HHS Promoting 'Long-Acting' Contraception, 'Sterilization' in Dwindling Navajo NationCNS
Sep 27th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is planning to spend $450,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 for “family planning services” in the Navajo Nation’s tribal lands, even though U.S. Census data shows that the population there declined nearly 4 percent between 2000 and 2010.
CNSNews
NSF Awards $100K Grant to Develop ‘Crowd-Sourcing’ Technology to Monitor ‘Behavior’ Via Cell PhonesCNS
Sep 27th, 2013
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to “accurately capture crowd behavior” through the use of cell phone applications used by “watchers” in the crowd.
GSA
Labor Dept. Employees Made Unauthorized Charges at ... Chick-fil-ACNS
Sep 24th, 2013
U.S. Department of Labor employees racked up an estimated $3.8 million in unauthorized or undocumented expenses over the past two-and-a-half years, including charges at Hilton Naples Grande Beach Resort, Wal-Mart, Target and Chick-fil-A, according to an Inspector General (OIG) audit released earlier this month.
CNSNews
U.S. Paying $25K to Make Park Benches from Garbage for TijuanaCNS
Sep 24th, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $25,000 for construction of park spaces south of the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
CNSNews
Labor Department to Spend $1 Million to Increase Gender Equality in Work – in MoroccoCNS
Sep 20th, 2013
The Labor Department’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs plans to award up to $1 million in taxpayer dollars to increase gender equality at work in Morocco.
National Science Foundation
$25 Million NSF Grant to Build Machines Smarter Than Average 3-Year-OldCNS
Sep 20th, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a $25 million grant to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research ways to build smarter machines that think more like human brains.