2013 Federal Government Shutdown

Neither a budget or continuing resolution were put in place to fund federal government operations prior to the start of the federal fiscal year on October 1, 2013, resulting in a shutdown of most federal government operations. The lapse in funding shut down UC's largest federal research partners, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and took place as UC and other institutions of higher education are managing the impacts of significant decline in federal support for academic research and development because of the automatic federal budget cuts enacted under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (pdf), commonly known as "sequestration."

Below are updates about the shutdown and the resumption of federal agency operations after the shutdown.


October 24, 2013


October 22, 2013

NSF has issued the following:


October 18, 2013

Both NIH and NSF have issued new guidance dealing with the resumption of operations today.

NOT-OD-14-003: Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations, published in today's NIH Guideprovides a chart of rescheduled application due dates along with other guidance on the resumption of normal business.

NSF has launched a Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation website, where you will find Grant and Cooperative Agreement Related Policy and Systems Issues Immediately Following the Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation (pdf)


October 17, 2013

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey talks about "Getting Research Back on Track" on her blog "Rock Talk."

NIH Notice NOT-OD-14-002: Interim Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities:

"NIH is working to reestablish dates for grant and contract submissions, determine how to handle missed review meetings, and reschedule dates for training and other activities that were scheduled to occur during and immediately following the period of the government shutdown.

As of today, we can confirm that we will be rescheduling all October grant application submission deadlines to the November timeframe (specific dates to be announced in a future Notice). By delaying due dates that occurred both during the lapse in funding and in the week following, applicants will have access to NIH staff and the help desks as they develop their applications.

Peer review meetings that were due to be held between October 1 and October 17 have been canceled and are being rescheduled.

We expect the eRA Commons will be available for public access on Monday, October 21.

NIH will provide additional information, including a Notice on NIH operations during a continuing resolution, as soon as it is available."


The Office of Management and Budget has issued memorandum M-14-01 (pdf), authorizing federal workers to go back to work. The current status of the federal government is "open." Federal workers are making their way back to work, and agencies are slowly restarting operations.

Agency-specific information:

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) is "back to work and planning how to handle missed application due dates, review meetings, etc. We will post information as soon as we have it."  
    • Reminder from NOT-OD-13-126"Depending on the length of the funding lapse, once NIH non-excepted staff are authorized to resume operations it will take time for full operations to be resumed. Depending on the length of the funding lapse, the eRA system may require at least one business day after operations resume. We ask for patience when trying to contact NIH staff once operations resume since there will be a backlog of information to process."
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) employees are heading back to work today.
  • From NASA's Twitter account: "We're back! Our various media sites are being turned back on as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience!"

RPAC continues to monitor the situation and is speaking directly with federal agency contacts about the resumption of activities. We'll post information as it becomes available.


October 16, 2013

As Congress considers legislation that will end the shutdown, Federal News Radio has posted "When will feds return to work and other shutdown FAQs." Federal employees may be back to work as early tomorrow, but "individual agencies should also exercise their own discretion," per shutdown guidance (pdf) issued by the Office of the Management (OPM) and reported by Federal News Radio.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) emailed grantees shutdown guidance for CDC grants and cooperative agreements (pdf).


An Office of Naval Research (ONR) contact has confirmed that full proposals for the 2014 DOD Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) under Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) PA-AFOSR-2013-0001 (pdf) are still due Monday, October 21, 2013 by 4:00 PM Eastern EST. It appears that most Department of Defense science and technology programs are back in business, consistent with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's October 5, 2013 memorandum calling back most DOD civilian workers (pdf).

You are still encouraged to reach out to DOD program contacts to confirm proposal deadlines. You may have problems accessing some DOD websites, however, not because of the shutdown, but because a blown power transformer has affected DOD web servers.


October 15, 2013

As pointed out in yesterday's post, it is not just federal agencies that are closed for business, but their websites are offline as well.  


Many of the Department of Energy National Laboratories, including some of the UC-affiliated labs, are making plans to shutdown and furlough staff.


October 14, 2013

The Council on Government Relations (COGR) issued guidance on Friday, October 12, 2013 about the shutdown. Highlights:

  • NIH has halted all Type 1 (new) and Type 2 (renewal) award activity.
  • Institutions have been denied reimbursement in the Payment Management System despite NIH guidance in NOT-OD-13-126 that "drawdowns (payments) on accounts can be processed as long as no Federal staff action is required to finalize the payment."
  • While application submission through Grants.gov is available, it is unadvisable to submit anything as agencies are not downloading these applications to their local systems.

With COGR's permission, here is a copy of its October 2013 update (pdf).


NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey on Friday issued a message (pdf) in which she states:

"As the shutdown drags on, the challenge of reestablishing normal operations quickly is growing. Once the shutdown is over, NIH will need time to set new dates for grant and contract submissions, review meetings, conferences, and other activities that were scheduled to happen during and immediately following the period of the shutdown. It will take us a few days after this is over to communicate our plans, so please bear with us."  


The Institute of Governmental Studies at Berkeley is monitoring the Status of Government Websites During Shutdown.

Headlines

Shutdown Could Flush Years of Antarctic Research Down the Drain (LiveScience)

Absolutely everything you need to know about how the government shutdown will work (Washington Post)

The Government Shutdown Has Halted Obama's $100M BRAIN Initiative (Popular Science) 

Canceled NIH study sections: a subtle, yet disastrous, effect of the government shutdown (Simply Statistics) 

Lawrence Livermore lab faces closure under shutdown (San Francisco Chronicle)