As you know, the new fiscal year for government spending (FY 2013) began on October 1. In order to continue operations in the absence of a FY 2013 budget appropriation, President Obama signed a continuing resolution (CR) on September 28, 2012 that applies the terms of the fiscal year 2012 budget appropriations through March 27, 2013. A CR is a type of legislation enacted by Congress as a temporary funding measure. Passed when the new fiscal year is about to begin (or has begun), a CR provides funding for existing federal programs to continue in operation until the regular FY appropriations are enacted.
I wanted to go through with you how NIH will operate its extramural programs under the CR. You can see today’s NIH guide notice for additional details (NOT-OD-13-002). Until a final FY 2013 appropriation is made into law, we will be issuing non-competing research grant awards at 90% of the previous committed level indicated on the most recent Notice of Award for your grant. This is consistent with our practice during most CRs of late. The NIH institutes and centers (ICs) where you are funded will consider upward adjustments after the final appropriation is made. During this time period, it is critical that institutions monitor their expenditures carefully. Also, all legislative mandates that were in effect for FY 2012 remain in effect. This means the salary limitations that were established last year are still in place (NOT-OD-12-035).
As I described in an earlier post that explored the meaning of IC paylines, operating under a CR means that the final funding levels for the entire fiscal year are unknown. Therefore, ICs won’t be able to offer many details about their expected paylines. See our fiscal operations page for more on this.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on budget matters as the year progresses.