Federal Government Shutdown

Dec. 28, 2018

As of 12:01 am, Saturday, December 22, 2018, Congress was unable to reach agreement on the federal budget and as a result, the United States federal government is partially shut down.  This shut down impacts nine federal departments and a number of independent agencies, causing them to stop some or all of their operations.  The nine departments impacted and links to their management plans during the shut down period are:

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has published a comprehensive list of Agency Contingency Plans and related FAQs.

Specific Agency Guidance includes:

The shut down does not affect a number of agencies as they are already fully funded for this federal fiscal year including:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Defense

Please note that all electronic proposal submission portals (i.e. Grants.gov, FastLane, Research.gov) remain operational at this time.  Help desks are also operational.  There have been no changes to deadline dates published.  Proposals, progress reports and the like should be submitted in accordance with the published dates.

Additionally, the University is not able to request payment reimbursements from NSF, NASA, DOC and other smaller sponsors.   At this time, Departments can continue to incur costs on their awards up to the obligated award amount and approve payments to subawards until such time that the University advises differently.  

The Office of the Dean for Research (DFR) and the Office of Research and Project Administration (ORPA), in partnership with Sponsored Research Accounting (SRA), are monitoring the situation closely.  This web-page will be periodically updated as more information becomes available. Any project-specific questions that arise can be directed to your ORPA representative.