Federal Government Shutdown Guidance

This page will be updated to reflect available information related to a Federal Government Shutdown.

Latest Update to this Page:  January 22, 2019

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is closely monitoring the budget situation in Washington, D.C.. Impacts to application submission, award processing, no-cost extensions, and other tasks that require federal sponsor interaction are being assessed. Our commitment to help campus navigate sponsored programs administration is unchanged. We will continue to provide guidance as clearly and timely as possible. Revisit this page for new or additional information or developments. 

Key Messages

  • Georgia Tech faculty and research administrators may submit questions about the government shutdown and its impact on their research to   
    Note: Please include your DocID, contract number, or PeopleSoft number, or if the project is not yet funded, proposal title and agency. Research fellows should include information about the source of funding for their fellowship and information to assist in identifying the record.  This e-mail address may also be used to report information GT faculty, students, post-docs, and research administrators receive from their sponsors.   
  • We are experiencing a partial government shutdown, which differs from some past shutdowns in that the many federal agencies have already been funded and are not directly impacted by the delay in appropriation. Those agencies impacted are outlined on this page.
  • Research teams are encouraged to continue developing and submitting proposals.  At this time, proposal submission systems are running and there have been no notices of deadline extensions from those agencies impacted.
  • There have been no stop work orders from federal agencies reported to us at this time. If you should receive a stop work order on a sponsored project, notify and your OSP Contract Officer immediately. 
  • Georgia Tech is assessing the impacts of restricted access to federal employees, resources, or facilities. Researchers are encouraged to keep their Associate Dean for Research, School Chair and OSP Contracting Officers apprised of research performance challenges resulting from the partial government shutdown.

Status of FY2019 Appropriations

A list of affected U.S. departments are included below in the 2nd column, "Agencies whose appropriations bills have not yet passed."

Unlike previous shutdowns, the situation we are currently facing is a partial shutdown. Many of the agencies that sponsor activities at Georgia Tech have already been funded, including the Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, etc.) and the Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health). We expect those agencies with FY19 appropriations (see table below, left column) will continue to operate and can be billed for sponsored operations. 

The federal agencies facing a shutdown (see table below, right column) include the National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, NIST, Homeland Security, Agriculture, FDA, Transportation, Interior and the EPA.

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
  • 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 Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

Agency News and Contingency Plans

Georgia Tech News and Memos

Proposal Submissions

Grants.Gov, Research.Gov, Fastlane and ezFedGrants will be up and accepting proposals during the shutdown.  Please proceed with your proposal submissions in a normal fashion. Agency Help Desks are also operational (except ezFedGrants). 

General Guidance During a Shutdown

  • Active grants and contract activity may continue work. The Office of Sponsored Programs will monitor the situation and communicate changes to this guidance. Check this website frequently.
  • Sponsors may decide not to allow application submissions.
  • Expect delays and lack of federal communications from affected agencies related to your proposals. It is possible that some websites may go dark. You should consider pulling information that is important to your work in case it becomes unavailable.
  • Agency personnel may not be available for approvals, support or administrative functions.
  • Affected agencies may temporarily stop making payments.

Frequently Asked Questions