Excerpt from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Report to the Congress dated March 1, 2013:

In August 2011, as part of the Budget Control Act of2011 (BCA), bipartisan majorities in both the House ofRepresentatives and Senate voted for sequestration as a mechanism to compel the Congress to act on deficit reduction. The threat of destructive across-the-board cuts under the BCA was intended to drive both sides to compromise. Yet, a year and a half has passed, and the Congress still has failed to enact balanced deficit reduction legislation that avoids sequestration.

As a result of the Congress's failure to act, the law requires the President to issue a sequestration order today canceling $85 billion in budgetary resources across the Federal Government for FY 2013. Specifically, OMB calculates that, over the course of the fiscal year, the sequestration requires a 7.8 percent reduction in non-exempt defense discretionary funding and a 5.0 percent reduction in non-exempt nondefense discretionary funding. The sequestration also requires reductions of 2.0 percent to Medicare, 5.1 percent to other non-exempt nondefense mandatory programs, and 7.9 percent to non-exempt defense mandatory programs.

As agencies are restructuring their budgets, they are issuing guidance to the research community. The Office of Sponsored Projects will post pertinent notices on this site pertaining to the sequestration. Questions may be directed to osp@austin.utexas.edu.

Continuing Resolution (CR) 2013 (PDF)

Recent Updates

National Science Foundation

New Update to Important Notice No. 133

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

New Basic Research Budget & Program Changes

National Institutes of Health

New NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013


Office of Management and Budget

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Report to the Congress on the sequestration

National Institutes of Health

NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards – FY 2013

NIH Operation Plan in the Event of a Sequestration

NIH Operations Under the Sequester

National Science Foundation

Impact of FY 2013 Sequestration Order on NSF Awards

Update to Important Notice No. 133

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

Basic Research Budget & Program Changes

Department of Defense


Department of the Interior

Possible Impacts to BOEM Financial Assistance Agreements

Department of Justice

Office on Violence Against Women

Email from Bea Hanson, Acting Director (March 21, 2013)

Department of Transportation


US Department of Energy

Letter to Contractors and Financial Assistance Recipients (March 4, 2013)


DHHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF)

Dear Collegue Letter (March 5, 2013)


DHHS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dear Colleague Letter (March 4, 2013)


DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Email from Michael J. Nelson, Associate Administrator (March 4, 2013) (PDF)


EPA Gulf of Mexico Program's Federal Funding Opportunity Delayed

Email from Rachel Houge, Gulf of Mexico Progrom (March 19, 2013) (PDF)


Letter to Contractors, Grantees, and Agreement Participants (March 4, 2013)


Clariffication of Guidance on the Applicability of Sequestration Policy for Conferences, Conference-Related Travel and Other Travel (PDF)

National Endowment for the Humanities

Sequestration: A Public Notice (February 28, 2013)


National Archives and Records Administration

Letter from La Verne Fields (March 12, 2013) (PDF)

Other Resources