Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on UTMB
Because of UTMB’s status as a major academic health science center, we will be affected to some degree by the federal government shutdown that was effective Oct. 1, 2013. At this time, we anticipate that effects on university operations will be minimal. I wanted to offer the following summary of what is—and what is not—affected by the shutdown to help you plan.
Student Financial Aid
At this time, it appears that federal financial aid for UTMB students will not be affected by the shutdown.
Medicare and Medicaid
It is our understanding that these programs and related reimbursements to our Health System are not affected by the shutdown.
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
NIH staff will not be available for routine support. Although new grant applications can be submitted during the shutdown, they cannot be processed until federal furloughs end. For this reason, NIH has asked that new applications be held until the shutdown is over.
It is our understanding that, with few exceptions, the shutdown will have minimal impact on projects that were funded prior to Oct. 1, 2013. The Health and Human Services Payment Management System will continue operating. Salaries, benefits and other operating costs should continue to be charged to the appropriate federal grant or contract.
Although contract payments handled outside of the HHS Payment Management System will not be processed while NIH staff members are on furlough, we have not received a stop-work order on any of our federal contracts. If and when we receive instructions regarding specific contracts, Research Operations will contact the affected program.
National Science Foundation
Awardees can continue work if their project is still active and funds are available. However, Fastlane and www.research.gov will not be available during the shutdown.
Researchers who have questions about their specific circumstances should contact Research Operations for assistance.
It is our hope that the federal shutdown will be short in duration and minimal in impact. We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. In the meantime, thank you for your continued commitment to fulfilling UTMB’s education, research and patient care mission for the people of Texas and beyond.