The hour draws nigh: With March 1, 2013 is just a week away! You must now make an all out effort to bring the disastrous approach to deficit reduction through sequestration from happening!
1. Call or email the members of your U.S. Congressional delegation.2. The zip code search is mid‐way down the House of Representatives member Web page.3. Access the Senate member list Web page.4. Making a phone call:
5. Sending an email
Post March 1 action: Efforts to avert the sequester will continue right up until March 1st. It is currently assumed that sequestration WILL OCCUR. In a meeting with White House leaders this week advocates were told that agencies are preparing documents that will describe how the funding reductions will take place. The process of sequestration requires each agency to reduce each program, project and activity (PPA) within their accounts by an equal percentage. That percentage is about 5% on an annualized basis. But, since we are nearly half way through FY13 the actual impact will be nearly a 9% reduction since the total reduction must now be accomplished from March 1 through September 30, 2013. Agencies like the NIH have very few PPAs so it may have greater ability to parcel out the overall agency reduction. Other agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have hundreds of PPAs and therefore will have less ability to parcel out the overall agency reductions.The impact on states, communities and individuals may be more acutely felt if there are dependent on funding from agencies that have substantial numbers of PPAs. NIH supported researchers will eventually be impacted, but it is programs like AIDS Drug Assistance Programs, funding for community health centers, immunization programs, food inspection programs and the like that will be impacted the quickest.Therefore, when you know, see, or can describe the impact of the specific PPA reduction in your state, community or with individuals IMMEDIATELY SHARE THAT INFORMATION with Will Lang at firstname.lastname@example.org.This post‐sequester impact information will be essential for supporting efforts to restore lost funding through the congressional action necessary to fund the federal government after the current continuing resolution expires on March 27.Preparing for the sequester: With the March 1 deadline for across the board reductions for almost every federal program fast approaching, federal agencies are attempting to determine how they will respond and comply with the funding reductions. The approach an agency will take is not well described, at least not to the satisfaction of those that will be impacted by these cuts. Here are the most recent instructions and responses from which some insight can be gleaned.In a memo from the Office to Management and Budget, federal agency heads were asked to “intensify efforts to identify actions that may be required should sequestration occur.” The subject of the January 14, 2013 memo was: Planning for Uncertainty with Respect to Fiscal Year 2013 Budgetary Resources.The memo asks the agency heads to "adhere to the following guiding principles…":
Letters from individual federal agencies responding to the request of the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, Barbara Mikulski (D‐MD) of the impact of sequestration of agency funding are available on the committee Web site.
Higher education:The Pell Grant program is exempt from sequestration. No additional reductions would be from current federal student financial assistance programs (Stafford, Perkins) but there would be an increase in origination fees for new loans made after the date of the sequester.There would be reductions in the administrative costs associated with loan servicing. Staff reductions are likely to occur at loan servicing sites which could compromise timely payment processing. Staff reductions at the U.S. Department of Education could compromise grant awards to eligible institutions receiving work‐study and other campus‐based programs.Public Health and Scientific Research:“Reduced funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including user fees, could increase risks to our nation's food safety. FDA would conduct approximately 2,100 fewer domestic and foreign facility inspections of firms that manufacture food products to verify that domestic and imported foods meet safety standards. These reductions may increase the risk of safety incidents, and the public may suffer more food‐borne illness such as the recent salmonella in peanut butter outbreak and the E. coli illnesses linked to organic spinach.Cuts to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) due to sequestration would delay progress on the prevention of debilitating chronic conditions that are also costly to society and on the development ofmore effective treatments for common and rare diseases affecting millions of Americans. In general, NIH grant funding within states, including Maryland, will likely be reduced due to both reductions to existing grants and fewer new grants. We expect that some existing research projects could be difficult to pursue at reduced levels and some new research could be postponed as NIH would make hundreds fewer awards. Actual funding reductions will depend on the final mix of projects chosen to be supported by each Institute and Center within available resources. With each research award supporting up to seven research positions, several thousand research positions across the nation could be eliminated.”National Science Foundation:
The NSF would hope to adhere to the following principles:
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