Partial federal government shutdown

Published: January 2nd, 2019

Category: Memos

Dr. David P.Norton, Vice President for Research

Due to a lapse in appropriations, a partial federal government shutdownis in place. The Division of Sponsored Programs (DSP) is monitoring thesituation and will continue to provide guidance as clearly and timely aspossible. The shutdown impacts each agency differently based on whether or nottheir FY19 appropriations were passed or not. 

Appropriations bills were passed for the Department of Health and Human Services, including the National Institutes of Health, and the Departments of Defense, Education,and Energy. These agencies appear to be unaffected by the shutdown.

Agencies affected by the shutdown include:

  • 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 State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

We strongly suggest faculty and staff, if concerned, become familiar with their primaryfederal funding agency’s current situation. See: for more information on your sponsor.

For projects funded by existing awards from agencies affected by the shutdown, work should continue (assuming funding is available in your budget) unless youhave received a directive from your grant or contract officer to stopwork.  Performance beyond the currently funded budget period or for amounts exceeding your budget are not recommendedat this time.  No new awards or increments will be forthcoming from affected agencies until the appropriations bills are passed.  DSP will continue to submit all requests for prior approvals (rebudgeting, no-cost extensions,etc.), however, processing of these may be delayed or halted if the agency does not have staff to process them.

If you do receive a stop work order or other correspondence from your sponsordirecting action, please forward it to immediately.

All proposal deadlines remain in place. Affected agencies may suspend the acceptance of new grant proposals but unless you have clear posted guidance from your agency, extension of deadlines should not be assumed.

Agency specific guidance from some of the affected agencies is available at thefollowing links:


All NSF deadlines stand.  Proposals will not be reviewed and awards, including increments will not be issued.  First time no-cost extensions can be made by the University.  All other award changes requiring NSF approval will not be processed.



Commerce including NOAA:

White House listing of all Agency contingency plans:

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