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OMB memo outlines procedures for possible federal shutdown

The White House Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance for government agencies and their contractors and grantees in the event of a government shutdown on October 1, 2013. The memo addresses actions federal agencies should take if Congress fails to authorize spending for Fiscal Year 2014. The memo includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions that deals specifically with contracting, grant administration, and payment processing during any lapse in spending authorization. The FAQs also treat issues related to web page maintenance and updating during the possible shutdown. Details

Based on the OMB memo, the Council on Governmental Relations has concluded that, in general, active grant and contract activity funded with FY2013 (or prior year) appropriations can continue. However, agency personnel most likely will not be available for approvals, supervisory support, and other administrative functions. 

UT principal investigators can contact the UT Office of Sponsored Programs (Miriam Campo) with specific questions in the event of a shutdown.

For an up-to-date list of  agency contingency plans, visit the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs Federal R&D Budget Outlook page.