Federal Government Shutdown

Page Updated: February 15th, 2019

UPDATE: Friday, 2/15/2019

The President signed legislation funding the remaining Cabinet departments and other agencies through the end of Federal Fiscal Year 2019.

UPDATE: Monday, 1/28/2019

On Friday, January 25th, 2019, the Congress passed, and the President signed, a continuing resolution to fund affected agencies until February 15th, 2019. The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to prepare for an orderly reopening and provided a government reopening check list.

Agencies will need time to resume normal operations. One example is the National Science Foundation, which posted an ALERT about resumption of operations on their main website, as well as a specific page on resumption of operations.

NOTE: The information below (and linked) is unchanged and is being maintained for historical purposes.

Due to a lapse in appropriations, a partial government shutdown is in place. Not all agencies are affected. The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (RSP) is closely monitoring the budget situation in Washington, D.C., and we are working diligently to determine the most appropriate response to the shutdown. Our commitment to help campus navigate sponsored programs administration is unchanged. We will continue to provide guidance as clearly and timely as possible. See below for further information and guidance.

The shutdown may impact application submission, award processing, no-cost extensions, and other tasks that require federal sponsor interaction for those agencies that are affected.

  • Researchers with active funded grants may continue work during a shutdown.
  • Researchers with active funded contracts may also continue work unless the Principal Investigator (PI) or UW-Madison receives a Stop Work Order for that contract. Please forward any Stop Work Orders received to rspinfo@rsp.wisc.edu.
  • Affected agencies may not have agency personnel available to assist with prior approvals, support, or administrative actions. Changes to grant activities requiring prior approval may need to be delayed as a result.
  • Affected agencies may suspend the acceptance of new grant proposals and the issuance of new awards.

Should you receive any shutdown-related correspondence from the sponsor (e.g., stop work order), please immediately provide the information to your supervisor or Principal Investigator and to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Status of FY2019 appropriations

Appropriations bills have been passed such that about 75% of FY2019 funding is in place. The table below shows on the left which agencies have received funding and, on the right, the agencies whose appropriations bills have not yet passed and are affected by a partial shutdown. Note that these are not complete lists.

Agencies with FY2019 appropriations Agencies whose appropriations bills have not yet passed
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services (inc., NIH, AHRQ, CDC)
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 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
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities

Source: https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/Appropriations+for+Fiscal+Year+2019

Government Shutdown Guidance

RSP is providing guidance related to stop work orders, impacted UW employees, and specific project types. The specific guidance is listed below and will be updated as the situation in Washington develops.