To the OUHSC campus,
A government shut down, even a partial one, can have significant negative impact on research projects at OUHSC.The negative consequences are greater, the longer the shutdown lasts.
Congress has already approved funding for several federal agencies that support the university, including the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Education (DoED), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the Department of Energy (DOE). These agencies will continue to operate as usual.
Congress has yet to pass funding for several agencies that are important to the university, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Commerce (including NIST, NOAA, and EDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the State Department (including USAID), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
What is the impact on federally-funded research projects involving the affected agencies?
No new grants or contracts are usually awarded by the affected agencies during a shutdown. Researchers can likely submit proposals, but they will not be reviewed until the government is operational again. A shutdown can also have negative impact on our research collaborations with federal agencies.
Work may continue on most federally-funded projects that have already been awarded. Routine administrative and support services provided by federal agencies to grant and contract recipients likely will not be available. Awarded projects may be disrupted during a shutdown if they are housed in a federal facility, if the project includes federal personnel, and/or if an award includes restrictive terms and conditions that require administrative action to approve a drawdown of funds.
Federal agency staff likely will not be available to approve no-cost extension requests, grant transfers, re-budgeting approvals or other actions requiring agency approval.
For more information, please review the attached document and feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We will do our best to find answers as they are available.
https://research.ouhsc.edu/Portals/1329/Assets/Documents/Federal Government Shutdown Info.docx?ver=2019-01-09-141552-943