Guidance on Potential Government Shutdowns

Guidance from the U of A Campus - Updated Nov. 16, 2023

This week, the U.S. Congress has again been working to pass legislation to extend funding for federal agencies and programs until an FY24 budget is passed and signed into law.

Yesterday (Wednesday, November 15, 2023), an agreement was reached, and a stopgap spending bill was passed to extend government funding at current levels through the beginning of 2024. The president is expected to sign this agreement.

This new bill will extend funding for military construction, veteran affairs, transportation, housing, urban development, agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and energy and water programs through Jan. 19, 2024. All other federal operations will have their funding extended through Feb. 2, 2024.

If a FY24 budget is not passed by Jan. 19 and/or Feb. 2, 2024, for the respective agencies and programs, then we will again be faced with a federal government shutdown. To help us prepare for a potential government shutdown, the Office of the Provost will again ask the Chief Budget Officers for all academic units to provide a report of employees and positions tied to active federal grants in January.

The Chancellor and Provost’s Offices, in conjunction with the offices of the Vice Chancellor for Governmental Relations and Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, will continue to monitor the FY24 appropriations process and keep our campus community informed accordingly.


Terry Martin, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Professor of Electrical Engineering