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 email@example.com. (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|
Agency News and Contingency Plans
- Agency Contingency Plans (White House: Office of Management and Budget)
- NSF: Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation (Post-Shutdown: January 28, 2019)
- NSF: Information About the Government Shutdown for NSF Proposers and Grantees
- NSF: Information About the Government Shutdown for NSF Panelists
- NASA Memo to Workforce: NASA Administrator Message: Thank You! Let's Get Safely Back to the Business of Exploration (Post-Shutdown: January 29, 2019)
- NASA: Operations and Furloughs Under a Government Shutdown, Frequently Asked Questions (November 1, 2018)
Statements from Higher Education Alliances
(Most Recent on Top)
- Association of American Universities: "America's Leading Research Universities Urge Congress and the Administration to Reach Long-Term Funding and Immigration Solutions" (January 28, 2019)
- Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities: "APLU Statement on Agreement to Reopen Government" (January 25, 2019)
- Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities: "Enough is Enough: APLU Urges Immediate End to Government Shutdown" (January 24, 2019)
- American Association for the Advancement of Science: "AAAS Raises Concerns About Disruptions to the U.S. Scientific Enterprise Amind Shutdown" (January 10, 2019)
- The Science Coalition: "Government Shutdown Jeopardizes American Science" (December 22, 2018)
- Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities: "APLU Statement on Impending Partial Government Shutdown" (December 21, 2018)
- Association of American Universities: "AAU President Calls for Immediate Funding of the Government" (December 21, 2018)
Georgia Tech News and Memos
- Tech Watching for Possible Federal Government Partial Shutdown (News Center: December 17, 2018)
- Assessing the Impact of the Partial Federal Government Shutdown (News Center: December 28, 2018)
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Federal Shutdown: Frequently Asked Questions (Georgia Tech Office of Sponsored Programs)
- Frequently Asked Questions During a Lapse in Appropriations (White House: Office of Management and Budget)