Federal Government Shutdown Guidance

This page will be updated to reflect available information related to a Federal Government Shutdown.

Latest Update to this Page:  February 5, 2019

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is closely monitoring the budget situation in Washington, D.C.. Impacts to application submission, award processing, no-cost extensions, and other tasks that require federal sponsor interaction are being assessed. Our commitment to help campus navigate sponsored programs administration is unchanged. We will continue to provide guidance as clearly and timely as possible. Revisit this page for new or additional information or developments. 

Key Messages and Updates: January 29, 2019

  • A three-week, temporary hiatus to the partial government shutdown was announced on Friday, January 25, 2019. restoring operations at impacted federal agencies until February 15, 2019. Close monitoring will continue at Georgia Tech. We will continue to update this page.
  • OSP has created a webpage to communicate post-shutdown updates from sponsors, including deadline extensions. Find this option under the "Government Shutdown" tab, titled "Related Agency and Project Updates." 
  • Article of Interest:  "End of U.S. shutdown won’t mean return to business as usual for research agencies" (Science/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), January 25, 2019, article by Jeffrey Mervis)
  • NSF published "Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation," a post-shutdown webpage that includes Important Notice No. 145 (with the same title) dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and systems issues. 
  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine issued a message to the NASA workforce on January 28, 2019.  
  • Georgia Tech faculty and research administrators may submit questions about the government shutdown or updates on related impacts to   (Note: Please include your DocID, contract number, or PeopleSoft number, or if the project is not yet funded, proposal title and agency. Research fellows should include information about the source of funding for their fellowship and information to assist in identifying the record. This e-mail address may also be used to report information GT faculty, students, post-docs, and research administrators receive from their sponsors.)
  • In addition to using the above e-mail address, researchers are encouraged to keep their Associate Dean for Research, School Chair and OSP Contracting Officers apprised of research performance challenges resulting from the partial government shutdown. 

Status of FY2019 Appropriations

A three-week, temporary hiatus to the partial government shutdown was announced on Friday, January 25, 2019. Close monitoring will continue at Georgia Tech. We will continue to update this page.

Unlike previous shutdowns, the situation we are currently facing is a partial government shutdown. Many of the agencies that sponsor activities at Georgia Tech have already been funded, including the Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, etc.) and the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health). We expect those agencies with FY19 appropriations (see table below, left column) will continue to operate and can be billed for sponsored operations. 

A list of affected U.S. departments are included below in the 2nd column, "Agencies whose appropriations bills have not yet passed." These federal agencies facing the government shutdown (see table below, second column) include the National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, NIST, Homeland Security, Agriculture, FDA, Transportation, Interior and the EPA.

Agencies with FY2019 appropriations Agencies whose appropriations bills have not yet passed  Agencies or offices affected but offering limited operations
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce (includes NIST & NOAA)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Justice (limited operations under reserve resources)
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (limited operations under reserve resources)

Agency News and Contingency Plans

Statements from Higher Education Alliances

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Georgia Tech News and Memos

Proposal Submissions

Grants.Gov, Research.Gov, Fastlane and ezFedGrants will be up and accepting proposals during the shutdown.  Please proceed with your proposal submissions in a normal fashion. Agency Help Desks are also operational (except ezFedGrants). 

General Guidance During a Shutdown

  • Active grants and contract activity may continue work. The Office of Sponsored Programs will monitor the situation and communicate changes to this guidance. Check this website frequently.
  • Sponsors may decide not to allow application submissions.
  • Expect delays and lack of federal communications from affected agencies related to your proposals. It is possible that some websites may go dark. You should consider pulling information that is important to your work in case it becomes unavailable.
  • Agency personnel may not be available for approvals, support or administrative functions.
  • Affected agencies may temporarily stop making payments.

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