January 31, 2014

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January 31, 2014 

We need your stories!: It is good news that the FY14 funding levels restore some of the funding lost due to sequestration. It is bad news that the funding levels are essentially restored to levels seen prior to 2010. In terms of inflation adjusted dollars federal public health agencies are losing ground.

AACP, as a member of the Coalition for Health Funding (CHF), we are asking you to send us a brief paragraph describing the impact of reduced federal funding on the programs, services and activities your faculty and students engage in on a daily basis that are supported by federal public health agencies (AHRQ, CDC, FDA, HRSA, IHS, NIH…). Following up on the successful publication of “Faces of Austerity” by the NDD United Coalition, CHF will develop its own publication that describes the impact of reduced federal funding on public health related programs across the country. Academic pharmacy was prominent in the NDD “Faces of Austerity” with the stories of two faculty members included in the report.

Please take a minute to ask your colleagues what reduced federal funding means to the success of their work. Write a brief description of that impact and forward you response to Brendan Bailey at bbailey@aacp.org prior to February 21, 2014. If your description is selected to be developed into a submission to the CHF report we will follow up to get additional information.

A chilling statement from analysts at the Center for Budget Policy and Priorities (CBPP) brings the trend into even greater focus: “Even under this agreement, spending on non-defense discretionary programs is headed for a historic low as measured as a share of the economy; it will fall by 2016 to the lowest level on record as a share of GDP, with data back to 1962.”

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) estimates that FY14 funding for National Institutes of Health is $6 billion less than in 2003. In FY13 NIH supported 8,283 competitive grants which is 20.3% less than it supported in 2003. The number of RO1 grants supported in FY13 dropped by 34% compared to 2003.

United States Congress

We now have funding!: On January 17, 2014 President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (HR 3574). The bill provides funding for federal agencies for fiscal year 2014. The FY14 discretionary funding total of $1.012 trillion is equal to the level agreed to in the Bipartisan Budget Act (HJR 59). The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, through the totals authorized in the BBA, restores more than 50% of the total FY14 funds to federal agencies lost due to sequestration. It is important to realize that that increase was not equal across individual agencies and programs.

The BBA sets discretionary funding levels for FY14 and FY15. Congress agreed to and the President signed the BBA back in December. For FY14 the BBA authorized a non-defense discretionary funding level of $491.8 billion which is an increase from the $469.4 billion authorized in the Budget Control Act of 2011 (PL 112-25) as amended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act (PL 112-240).

FY15 process slowed: The delay in congressional resolution of fy14 funding will slow down the FY15 process. Each year the President is expected to transmit his proposed budget recommendation by the first Monday in February. It is expected that the President will not forward his budget recommendation to the Hill until mid-March. Agencies continue to hone their budget projections based on the newly provided FY14 funding levels.

More in-depth information regarding directions to agencies from the appropriators included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2013 is available on the House Rules Committee website.

AACP provides tables that include FY14 funding levels for some of the agencies and programs of interest to academic pharmacy.

Information about the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2012 was provided in the December 13 edition of the AACP Policy and Advocacy Update.

 

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