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2018 Partial Federal Government Shutdown

January 15, 2019

The federal government shutdown started on December 22, 2018 which affects agencies that are not covered (funded) by appropriations bills already signed into law.

The following federal agencies are funded by an appropriations bill so their grant agreements should not be affected:

Agencies with FY2019 Appropriations

Agencies NOT Covered by Appropriations

Department of Defense

Department of Agriculture

Department of Energy


Department of Education

National Science Foundation

Veterans Administration

Department of Commerce

Department of Labor

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Justice

(except Food & Drug Administration)

Housing and Urban Development


Department of Interior


Department of State


Department of Transportation


Department of Treasury


National Endowment for the Humanities


In general, the following will be true for agencies in shutdown. Should you have questions, please email


  • Existing Awards, work can continue if obligated funds are available and the work does not require support of federal employees or facilities.
  • Additional Funds, including Continuation/Supplement and New Awards will not be awarded during the shutdown.


  • New Federal funding opportunities will not be posted during the shutdown.
  • Applications can be submitted, but deadlines may be affected. Check with your sponsor. Systems for proposal submission will be available, but proposals will not be reviewed. If the systems experience technical issues, they may not be resolved.


  • Progress/Technical reports must be submitted on time.
  • Financial reports must be submitted on time.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has a list of Frequently Asked Questions during a lapse in appropriations.

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