The recent action ending the US government shutdown on January 26 has provided a reprieve to research entities significantly affected by the closure of major federal research agencies including NASA, NSF and DOE. However, the growing frequency and duration of federal government shutdowns, combined with the uncertain duration of the existing continuing resolution to keep the government open through February 15, 2019, are pressing research administration leaders to contemplate worst-case scenarios as we recover from the most recent shutdown and prepare for a potential reprisal. The record length of the shutdown has meant the cancellation of long-scheduled federal panels while delaying submission reviews and responses to critical requests. What will be the residual impact of the shutdown? Perhaps most importantly, what should our community be doing to prepare our organizations and teams in these uncertain times?
This virtual panel discussion seeks to start a conversation with our community sharing the lessons learned from the shutdown, an assessment of the adequacy of prior plans and preparations, and future policies, procedures and approaches that can mitigate the impact of federal closures in the future. Current concerns and solutions will be discussed, as well as pressing issues that may result from a second shutdown. Research administration experts from selected universities will share their experiences, concerns, and approaches to managing a shutdown. Attendees will be introduced to the core areas impacted during the closure including coordinating with federal agencies in advance of shutdowns, managing personnel challenges and decisions, and financial risk management. The virtual panel will be an interactive session where participants will have an opportunity to ask questions during and receive direct responses to some of the most pressing questions in the community.
- Pivotal lessons learned from the longest shutdown in history.
- Steps and tips for planning for future government shutdowns.
- Insight into cleaning up in the aftermath of the government re-opening.
- Perspective on handling sensitive personnel issues like post-doctoral scholars, foreign personnel, and unfunded personnel liabilities.
- Guidance on handling financial risk in areas such as provisional accounts established in advance on an award and managing growing A/R risks as a shutdown increases in duration.
*Free for SRAI Full and Chapter Members! | $45 Non-Members
Moderator: Kim C. Carter, MPA, CRA, CPRA, CFRA, Assistant Vice President for Research and Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, University of Kentucky & President, SRA International