October 2, 2013
Today marks the second day of the new federal fiscal year. Unfortunately, none of the regular appropriations bills, which provide funding for most, but not all, of government, has been enacted. Consequently, the nation is experiencing a "government shutdown."
In the near term we do not expect work at the University to be directly affected. National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants that have already been awarded can and will continue. The Grants.gov portal will remain operational so new applications can be submitted, although no action will be taken until appropriations are enacted. Many NIH staff will be furloughed, so they will not be available to provide routine administrative support services. Be advised that, in contrast, the National Science Foundation has advised that funding will not be available to grantees.
The White House Office of Management and Budget has collected most current agency contingency plans here. Please monitor the websites of your funding agencies for updates regarding your grants and initiatives. Our hope is that these issues will be resolved soon. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you apprised of any changes that will affect us.
I recognize that many within our community have family or friends who are federal employees who could experience negative ramifications, and I understand that this can add additional stress to an already stressful situation.
Thank you for all you do for the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Jay A. Perman, MD