Federal Governmental Relations
Nationally published news stories on the impact of sequestration and federal budget delays on federal research and higher education.
The NIH, the nation's largest provider of basic research money to universities, has seen its budget cut so much over the last decade that scientists now have only about a 15-percent chance of a successful grant application.
The automatic federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, that took effect in March have forced universities to lay off research-related personnel, delay projects and admit fewer graduate students, according to a new survey released Monday.
October’s 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government cost taxpayers about $2 billion in lost productivity from 850,000 furloughed employees, the White House budget office said Thursday in a report quantifying the ripple effects of the impasse in Congress.
The government shutdown that ended this week will cost the United States economy several billion dollars, according to estimates by economic research firms.
The National Ignition Facility has reportedly reached a milestone in its $3.5 billion quest for nuclear fusion power — but for now, it can't follow up on the achievement due to the federal government shutdown.
The government shutdown has closed doors at military service academies, paused sexual assault investigations nationwide, halted scientific research and more.
In 2013 alone, NIH, the primary federal spigot for projects impacting human health, will be forced to cut $1.7 billion from its budget. Government agencies across the board are making similar reductions in their research budgets as well. The length of some grants have been shortened, while others have decreased in size and still others have been eliminated altogether.
When Steven Warren, the vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas, sought on Wednesday to describe the effects of several months of across-the-board federal budget cuts on scientific research, it was perhaps inevitable that he chose a scientific metaphor. On campus, he said, sequestration is “a slow-growing cancer.”
14 children in Pratt… were dropped from Head Start, the federally funded education program for lower-income families….-- another casualty of the budget cuts brought about by sequestration.
As a result of a deep and lingering deficiency in aggregate demand, the United States economy is operating far below its potential.
Colleges play a guessing game every spring when they tell prospective students how much financial aid is available to them. So the federal spending cuts that began with last Friday's sequestration are complicating an already complicated process even more.
In higher education, an estimated 70,000 students who can least afford it will have to borrow more for college as federal work-study grants will be cut by $49 million and supplemental educational opportunity grants for undergraduate students with exceptional financial need will be cut by $37 million.
University students would lose millions of dollars in financial aid and thousands of work-study jobs in California alone. The research budget for the University of California would be slashed.
Levy examines economic and demographic trends in California, and sees sequestration as having a notable impact on the state’s economy, but not crushing economic growth and jobs in the manner that many fear.
Fewer grants and less research money means fewer folks looking for cures to cancer, Alzheimer's and other ailments, says research Chief Francis Collins, with the federal budget "sequester" ahead.
If the projection holds true, the sequester could cost the U.S. more than four times the number of jobs it gained just last month. Such a massive job loss would siphon too much money out of the economy too quickly, placing our economy at an even greater risk.
The across-the-board cuts to domestic spending have threatened higher education for more than a year, ever since the Congressional committee tasked with solving the nation’s long-term deficit failed to reach consensus in November 2011.