News and Updates

The Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA, P.L. 112-25)included the sequestration of federal funds as a tool in federal budget control (or disincentive) that would only be activated if Congress did not pass federal deficit reduction by January 1, 2013. No federal deficit reduction was passed by the deadline. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2011 delayed the sequester until March 1, 2013. On March 1, 2013, President Obama signed the order for the sequester as required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

$85 billion in federal spending cuts have been sequestered between March 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013. Over the next 10 years a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts to government agencies will total $1.2 trillion if Congress does not pass federal deficit reduction measures. The cuts would be split 50-50 between defense and domestic discretionary spending.

At this time many federal agencies are not certain how the cuts will be implemented. In an effort to increase communication with the CAFLS/PSA faculty and staff this webpage will include all updates from federal sponsors as they are issued.

Sponsor Updates:

NIH Update:

NIH Operation Plan in Event of Sequestration: click here

Message from NIH (3/5/2013)

"As you are likely aware, in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011, a series of spending cuts, called sequestration, will cancel approximately $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal government for the remainder of the Federal fiscal year.  As a partner with you in accomplishing the NIH mission, we are writing to provide you with information about what this reduction means for the funds provided to your organization.

At this time, the Department of Health and Human Services and NIH are taking every step to mitigate the effects of these cuts, but based on our initial analysis, it is possible that your grants or cooperative agreement awards may be affected.  Examples of this impact could include: not issuing continuation awards, or negotiating a reduction in the scope of your awards to meet the constraints imposed by sequestration.  Additionally, plans for new grants or cooperative agreements may be re-scoped, delayed, or canceled depending on the nature of the work and the availability of resources. 

To the extent that fiscal year 2013 funds for your grants or cooperative agreement are affected due to these budget cuts, you will be contacted by the appropriate Grant Management Officer with additional details at a later point.  Please note that these budget cuts do not affect grant or cooperative agreement awards made with fiscal year 2012 resources.

Thank you for your continued partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services and NIH, and for your cooperation as we work together to manage these circumstances.

Sally Rockey, Ph.D.

Deputy Director for Extramural Research

National Institutes of Health"

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