December 21, 2018
To: Principal Investigators/Project Directors
From: Michele Goetz, Executive Director, SDSU Research Foundation
Subject: Possible Government Shutdown
As I’m sure you have heard, we are waiting to see if the Senate approves the House-passed funding bill; then President Trump would have to sign it before midnight tonight to continue government operations through February 8th.
In the event the bill is not signed, there will be a lapse in funding of some government operations. This means the agencies that do not yet have a 2019 budget could shut down. The Departments of Defense, Labor, Energy, Education, Health and Human Services, and Veteran Affairs are funded until October 2019. The funding bill covering NIH is among those already signed into law.
Departments as yet unfunded: Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, State, and Transportation. The National Science Foundation falls under the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Bill and is at risk of closure.
Should a shutdown occur, impacted agencies would stop issuing payments, making awards and reviewing grants. Existing grants should not be affected. If you receive funding from an impacted agency, you may receive information directly about how they are handling the shutdown. Please forward this information to Renee Lechner, director of sponsored research administration (firstname.lastname@example.org). If we receive any information, we will share it with you. For example, we have heard from the Office of Justice Programs that they have sufficient resources to remain operational through Friday, January 4, 2019.
We’re crossing our fingers that an agreement can be reached by midnight, but if not, we hope the shutdown will be short-lived and have limited impact. We’ll continue to monitor the situation.
Reminder: SDSU Research Foundation offices are closed next week and on January 1. Happy Holidays!