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Information On Sequestration


The Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011 was passed by Congress in response to ballooning federal budget deficits.  The BCA reduces the deficit by $2.8 trillion over 10 years through the creation of budget caps on discretionary spending combined with spending cuts.  While the BCA envisioned a negotiated process to achieve the spending cuts, the bill contained a provision for “sequestration” of funds beginning on January 2, 2013 if no negotiated agreement was reached.  The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration until March 1, 2013.  In addition to delaying the start of sequestration, this act reduced the immediate impact of the sequestration.  Current estimates are that sequestration will result in about 5% across the board budget cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year and reductions of about 7% in defense spending.

While all federal research granting agencies will be required to cut spending, individual agencies have been given broad latitude in implementing the cuts. Below are links to specific agency information that has been issued regarding the implementation of the sequestration:


NIH: Operation Plan in the Event of a Sequestration
NIH Fact Sheet, June 2013:


The National Science Foundation has issued Important Notice 133A, an update to its Notice 133 which explained the impact of Sequestration on NSF operations for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The key information from the update is:

  • NSF will fully fund all existing continuing grant increments in FY 2013;
  • NSF directorates have now received full-year funding allocations, which will allow funding decisions to be made prior to the end of the fiscal year on September 30th;
  • NSF expects to make fewer new awards in FY 2013;
  • NSF will fully fund all FY 2013 major research equipment and facilities construction projects;
  • Competitions for some programs and solicitations may not be conducted in FY 2013; and
  • NSF staff will not be furloughed, allowing for no interruptions to the NSF proposal review and award decision making processes.
You may recall that the original Notice 133 indicated that 1000 fewer new awards would be issued this year.

The entire Important Notice 133A is at

Centers for Disease Control: CDC Update on Sequestration Impacts

Department of Defense: Update on Negotiations of FY12 Applications Recommended for Funding

Department of Energy: DOE Letter

Department of Justice: Potential Budget Sequestration

Health Resources and Services Administration: Important Information regarding your HRSA grant

NASA: CAO Ltr to Ctrs

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health: OASH Grantee Sequestration

Small Business Administration: SBA


SRA International has launched a Sequestration Research Center with additional information:

Sequestration Resource Center



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