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NIH Spends $358K to Reduce Health Disparities among LGBTQ Youth of ColorCNS
July 1, 2014
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $357,783 to the Fenway Community Health Center in Boston, Mass., to reduce health disparities in LGBTQ youth of color.
Smithsonian
$78K Fed Study: Did 'Climate Change' Cause Decline of the Mayan Civilization?CNS
Aug 7th, 2013
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is giving nearly $78,000 of taxpayer funds to the Trustees of Boston University to study whether "climate change" had anything to do with the decline of the Maya civilization in Guatemala between 1000 BC and 900 AD.
AP
USDA Paid 'Improper' Subsidies to 1,799 Dead Farmers and Proper Ones to 28,613 Dead FarmersCNS
Aug 6th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency erroneously made $3.3 million in crop subsidy payments to 1,799 dead farmers, according to a Government Accountability Office report.
AP
$2M Labor Dept. Grant to Improve Labor Laws in Georgia...The Republic, Not the StateCNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor is seeking at least one partner for a $2 million federal grant intended to improve compliance with labor laws in Georgia...as in The Democratic Republic of Georgia, located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, not the U.S. state.
AP
NIH to Spend $200K Studying Teenage Drinking Binges on Social MediaCNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking researchers to investigate the impact of social media use on underage drinking, and to determine whether Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other popular social networking sites can be used for “preventive interventions.”
CNSNews
NEA Awards $35,000 For 'Grow-Sculpture'CNS
Aug 1st, 2013
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $35,000 for a series of artist-designed grow-sculptures in Buffalo, New York - but may end up with just one.
Aug 1st, 2013
ARTFARMS Concept Gallery
CNSNews
EPA to Spend $6 Million for ‘Sustainable and Healthy Tribes’CNS
Jul 31st, 2013
The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $6 million to “develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect tribes.”
CNSNews
Feds Devote $2.25 Million to Study Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumor DiseaseCNS
Jul 30th, 2013
The National Science Foundation will spend $2.25 million to study the emergence, transmission and evolution of facial tumor disease in Tasmanian devils.
AP
GAO: Only Half of Workers Trained by Labor Dept. Got ‘Green Jobs'CNS
Jul 26th, 2013
Despite training “slightly more individuals than they had projected,” and counting “any job that could be linked, directly or indirectly, to a beneficial environmental outcome,” the Labor Department’s job placements “were at 55 percent of the target,” according to a June report by the Government Accountability Office.
CNSNews
$500K to See How Oil Industry Impacts Domestic Violence, Rape in Dakotas, MontanaCNS
Jul 25th, 2013
The National Institute of Justice is planning to spend $500,000 in federal funds to see if the booming oil industry has impacted domestic violence, dating violence, rape, and stalking in North Dakota and South Dakota and Montana.
CNSNews
Gov't Spending $544,188 to Promote HPV VaccineCNS
Jul 24th, 2013
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $544,188 to the University of California for a study on increasing HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccine uptake in Los Angeles County through phone interventions.
AP
$299K Grant To Help Pacific Islanders Understand Their Own LanguageCNS
Jul 23rd, 2013
A team from the University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) will spend nearly $300,000 of U.S. taxpayer money to study a rare language spoken by just 45,000 people in the Mariana Islands, which include the North Mariana Islands in Micronesia, a United States commonwealth, and Guam, a U.S. territory located in the northwestern Pacific.
AP
IG: FEMA Spending $76M More on Trailers That Disaster Victims Don’t WantCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
Changes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made to its temporary housing program last year “will increase program costs by an estimated $76 million and place a greater burden on future displaced survivors,” according to a June 2013 report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general.
AP
After 4 Years, No Results Yet On $3.2M Study of Underage Drinking in NYCCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
U.S. taxpayers have shelled out over $3.2 million since 2009 to New York University (NYU) researchers to study underage drinking among New York Latinos in grades 7 through 9, but the four-year-old project has not yet produced a single academic article.
CNSNews
Feds to Spend $500K for Job Creation – in BelizeCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The State Department through the U.S. Embassy in Belmopan is planning to spend $500,000 to create jobs for youth in Belize.
CNSNews
USDA Funds $25K Study on Whether Kids’ Preference for Fat, Sugar Leads to ObesityCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding a study to determine if “preference for fat and sugar may have a role in overweight and obesity development” among African-American adolescents in Alabama.
World Bank
American Taxpayers Pay $240K to Help Improve Air Quality In MongoliaCNS
Jul 19th, 2013
The Mongolian government - in partnership with the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - will spend $240,000 of American tax dollars to improve the eastern Asian country’s worsening air quality.
AP
$990K Federal Grant to Teach High School Students In Los Angeles How To Promote ObamacareCNS
Jul 18th, 2013
Thousands of high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), including those who scored below average on their eighth grade reading and math tests, will soon be encouraged to learn how to sell Obamacare to their families under a $43 million federal grant.
CNSNews
USDA Grants $149,074 to Study Food Shopping Patterns with GPSCNS
Jul 18th, 2013
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $149,074 grant to study food shopping patterns, in order for shopping "interventions” to be held in the future.
Pentagon Spends $81K on TVs for Gitmo While Civilian Workers Are FurloughedCNS
Jul 17th, 2013
Just two days after the Pentagon began furloughing hundreds of thousands of civilian personnel due to budget cuts, the Army ordered its second batch of televisions for the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, an expense totaling more than $80,000 in the last two months.