By Grants Office, LLC on
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
May the finger-pointing and intense partisan rhetoric commence! Shortly after finally passing a continuing resolution to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2013 (which ends September 30th), both chambers of Congress went to work on a budget for 2014. Recent history suggests that having a federal budget in place by the start of the fiscal year is a long shot. The truth is that the federal government has not passed an actual budget bill, nevermind an on-time one, since April 2009. Instead, we have seen a long line of continuing resolutions, or temporary stopgap measures that extend funding in an effort to avoid government shutdowns. While these resolutions keep funds flowing, they wreak havoc on the ability of federal agencies to effectively plan their grant programming and financial obligations for the year. That uncertainty amongst federal agencies trickles all the way down to public and non-profit organizations that rely on federal grant funds to fund their programs and initiatives.