Sequestration Updates

The Office of Research has created this resource page to keep the BU community informed on current communications from funding agencies, BU leadership, and other research support sources regarding the across the board federal budget reductions (sequestration) that went into effect on March 1, 2013 (see OMB announcement).  As the University works with our partners in federal government to assess and ameliorate the impact, we will post updates and materials to the site as they become available.  Please direct any questions or comments to the Office of Research mailbox.

March 27, 2013

  • Boston University Medical Campus Provost released a Sequestration Update memo to the university community updating them on the effects of the continuing resolution.

March 26, 2013

  • NSA Acquisition Resource Center (ARC) notifies industry partners of the industry notification processes once final FY13 funding totals have been provided by the Department of Defense.

March 21, 2013

March 13, 2013

  • NASA Administrator sent a memo to all NASA employees advising them on new policies and guidelines based on the sequestration.

March 12, 2013

  • The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) addressed grantees regarding effects of the sequestration order.

March 7, 2013

  • Harold Varmus, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), emailed grantees and contractors explaining the effect of the Continuing Resolution on current and new grants.

March 4, 2013

  • NIH Deputy Director, Sally Rockey, Ph.D., sent a letter to the signing officials at NIH-funded institutions about the President’s Sequestration Order.
  • Announcement from the Deputy Secretary of Energy regarding procurement contracts and financial assistance agreements.
  • Letter from Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Lewis-Burke Associates’ summation of sequestration events.
  • NASA addressed grantees, contractors, and agreement participants.

March 3, 2013

  • Boston University Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Federal Relations announced April Research Town Hall dates to discuss funding outlook for extramural research.
March 1, 2013

  • The President’s Sequestration Order.
  • OMB sent a report to Congress which provides calculations on budgetary resources that are required to be reduced under sequestration.
  • Department of Education released additional information on sequestration’s impact on Title IV student financial assistance programs.

February 28, 2013

  • The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) addressed the potential result of cuts in funding.

February 27, 2013

  • OMB released a memorandum on federal agency responsibilities for implementation of sequestration.
  • NSF released a notice regarding the impact of sequestration on NSF awards.

February 24, 2013

  • Communication from BU Research Leadership issued to the Boston University Community.
  • The White House released information on the expected impact of sequestration for each state.  The Washington Post published this information and arranged it by category.

February 21, 2013

February 14, 2013

  • The Senate Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the impacts of sequestration. Information for NSF, NIH, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Departments of Defense, Commerce, Education, Agriculture, and Energy (as well as numerous others) can be found here.

February 5, 2013

  • The research community speaks out on the threat of the “fiscal cliff.”

November 14, 2012

  • President Bob Brown publicly defends research funding by cosigning letter to congressional leaders.

July 31, 2012

July 11, 2012

  • AAU Presidents addressed congressional members.