The month of May saw a number of proposed and implemented developments that were equally applicable to nonprofit and for-profit contractors and grant recipients. For example, Congress signaled that many non-Department of Defense agencies likely will see budget cuts during fiscal year 2014. Federal agencies also set forth plans requiring organizations that obtain contracts or grants from the U.S. Government to implement internal IT security programs that meet information security requirements and associated continuous monitoring, risk management, and reporting requirements. Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court came to a far-reaching decision that will require lower courts to now apply a standard of deference when reviewing an agency’s interpretation of, or decision regarding, its own authority.
U.S. House of Representatives Proposes Additional Non-Defense Spending Cuts for 2014 – On May 21, 2013, the House Appropriations Committee proposed a 2014 budget plan that would increase defense spending by 5 percent and would impose severe cuts upon many non-Defense Department agencies, including a 19 percent cut to spending in the Health and Human Services, Labor, Education, and State Departments. In total, the plan would reduce the federal budget by approximately 2 percent from fiscal year 2013. The cuts would have a significant impact on these agencies’ resources, thereby potentially limiting their ability to fund grants and contracts in 2014.
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