As you may know, the failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a temporary or
permanent budget measure by midnight last night has resulted in the halting of
all “nonessential” federal government operations until a funding measure is
passed. With the assistance of our government relations team, we have been
monitoring the shutdown and the impact it could have on our campus.
The good news is that, at least in the short run, we do not anticipate major disruptions.
Here are some of the impacts we expect to be most relevant for CU Anschutz
faculty and staff.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) –
According to the Department of Health and Human Services:
- The Medicare Program will continue
largely without disruption during a lapse in appropriations in the short
- States will have sufficient
funding for Medicaid through the second quarter, due to the continuation
of authority under the continuing resolution (a four-week stopgap funding
bill) for appropriated entitlements.
- CMS will maintain the staff
necessary to make payments to eligible states from remaining Children’s
Health Insurance Program (CHIP) carryover balances.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – NIH will not take
any actions on grant applications or awards. However, during past shutdowns,
faculty have still been able to submit grants, and the agency has maintained
the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing
some grant drawdown requests that do not require manual intervention. Program
officers will not be available to answer questions during a shutdown.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) –
HRSA would continue activities funded through sources other than annual
appropriations including the Community Health Centers and the National Health
Service Corps. HRSA would be unable make payments for the Children’s Hospital
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – The Veterans Health
Administration, including the VA Medical Centers, are largely funded through
advanced appropriations. So, we do not expect significant disruption to VA
employees during a shutdown.
Department of Education (ED) – Direct Student Loan programs are expected to operate as
National Science Foundation (NSF) – As part of the shutdown activity, a notice will be sent to the
Foundation’s off-site awardees informing them that work may continue on all
awards to the extent that doing so will not require federal staff intervention
and that funds are available. The notice will inform awardees that no
payments will be made during the funding hiatus.
Department of Defense (DOD) – DOD would continue activity on fully funded contracts that were
awarded prior to the expiration of appropriations. New contracts including
contract renewals or extensions may not be executed.
Here are some other resources for guidance on the shutdown:
Thank you for your patience in working
through conditions that may be less than ideal. We will continue to monitor the
situation and will be sure to inform you of any significant impacts we foresee.