OM: Sequestration Budget Cuts SAMHSA by 5%

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Sequestration Budget Cuts Slice 9% From Federal Human Service Programs For Fiscal Year 2013
Open Minds March 18, 2013
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On March 1, 2013, all departments of the federal government began making mandatory across-the-board cuts required by the sequestration process, with a reduction of five percent or more to the federal fiscal year 2013 (FFY13) budgets of most federal human service programs. Although the federal fiscal year has only seven months remaining, the cuts affect the full fiscal year allocation, meaning that non-exempt human service programs will need to cut spending for the rest of the year by nine percent. Government-wide, the cuts reduce planned budget allocations by $85 billion for FFY13; the Department of Health and Human Services lost $15.5 billion, or 1.6% of its total $941 billion budget proposed for FFY13.

The mandatory cuts are required because federal legislators failed to meet a deadline set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 for reaching an agreement on how to reduce the federal deficit. The 2011 law included a provision that would trigger mandatory cuts to all federal spending for federal fiscal year 2013-a process called sequestration-if legislators reached no agreement by March 1, 2013.

The sequestration affects discretionary and mandatory spending for defense and non-defense programs, as follows:

  • Defense-7.8% reduction in non-exempt defense discretionary funding and 7.9% reduction to non-exempt defense mandatory programs
  • Non-defense-5.0% reduction in non-exempt, non-defense discretionary funding; a 2.0% reduction to Medicare; and 5.1% reduction to other non-exempt, non-defense mandatory programs

The exempt programs include Social Security and Medicaid; refundable tax credits to individuals; and low-income programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Supplemental Security Income. Some discretionary programs also are exempt, including all programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Also, subject to notification of Congress by the President, military personnel accounts may either be exempt or reduced by a lower percentage.

The federal departments have started releasing guidance to states and grantees on how implementing the sequester will take place. These notices identify targeted programs and the date the cuts will actually begin.

  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is losing $168 million of its $3.3 billion budget for non-exempt programs, or five percent. Assuming that SAMHSA uses its budget at the same amount each month, during the first five months of FFY13, SAMHSA spent $1.3 billion. The $168 million to be cut represents about eight percent of the remaining $2 billion in SAMHSA's budget. SAMHSA advised states that both the substance abuse and mental health grants are scheduled to be reduced by five percent. To meet the target, some state grants or cooperative agreement awards may be affected. SAMHSA may decline to issue a continuation award, or may reduce the scope of an award. Plans for new grants or cooperative agreements may be re-scoped, delayed, or canceled depending on the nature of the work and the availability of resources.
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is losing five percent, or $115 million of its $2.2 billion budget for the non-exempt Payments to States for the Child Care and Development Block Grant which funds Head Start programs. ACF has issued instructions to its Head Start grantees advising them that grants will be reduced by approximately five percent and that all state, regional and national activities will also be reduced by at least 5%. ACF estimates that approximately 70,000 children will lose access to Head Start services because of this reduction. ACF said it would grant as much flexibility and assistance as possible to maintain high-quality services, ensure the health and safety of children and families, and minimize disruptions to children enrolled during this program year. ACF noted that grantees should take steps to reduce enrollments and program workforce for this program year and the upcoming program year.
  • The Administration for Community Living is losing about five percent, or $75 million, of its $1.5 billion budget affecting state formula grant programs under the Older Americans Act. These programs include Home and Community-Based Supportive Services and Home Delivered Nutrition Services, Vulnerable Elder Rights Protection Activities, and the Nutrition Services Incentive Program. The guidance explains that statutory factors used to determine funding allocations that vary across programs and will thus result in varied magnitudes of the reductions among states.
  • The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is losing about five percent, or $2.6 billion of its $51 billion non-exempt budget for FFY 13 unemployment insurance programs. DOL advised state workforce agencies that reductions to unemployment programs funded through ETA will start on or after March 31, 2013, to provide states time to plan for the budget cuts. DOL will not apply the percentage reductions to benefits that have already been paid.

The impact on federal fiscal year spending for 2013 was outlined by the Office of Management and Budget in a letter to the House of Representatives, released March 1, 2013. In the letter, the OMB noted that because the cuts must be achieved over seven months, not the full fiscal year, the effective percentage reductions will be higher than stated in the original 2011 legislation. Non-exempt non-defense programs will sustain cuts averaging nine percent to remaining fiscal year budgets. Non-exempt defense programs will sustain a 13% average cut. The report describes the sequestration calculations.

Impact Of Sequestration To HHS Non-Exempt Program Budgets, Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013

Agency Within HHS

Program

Type Of Spending

Budget Allocation Affected By Sequestration (in millions)

Full Year Sequester Percentage

Lost Funding For Remainder Of FFY 13 (in millions)

Health Resources & Services Administration

Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Visiting Programs

Mandatory

$400

5.1%

$20

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

All

Discretionary

$3,368

5.0%

$168

Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

Affordable Insurance Exchange Grants

Mandatory

$868

5.1%

$44

Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

State Grants and Demonstrations

Mandatory

$530

5.1%

$27

Administration For Children & Families

Payments To States For Child Support Enforcement & Family Support Programs

Mandatory

$1

5.1%

Less than $500,000

Administration For Children & Families

Supporting Healthy Families & Adolescent Development

Discretionary

$63

5.0%

$3

Administration For Children & Families

Supporting Healthy Families & Adolescent Development

Mandatory

$485

5.1%

$25

Administration For Children & Families

Payments To States For Child Care & Development Block Grant

Discretionary

$2,292

5.0%

$115

Administration For Children & Families

Social Services Block Grant

Mandatory

$2,285

5.1%

$117

Administration For Children & Families

Children & Families Services Programs

Discretionary

$10,069

5.0%

$503

Administration For Children & Families

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families

Mandatory

$26

5.1%

$1

Administration For Community Living

Aging & Disability Service Programs

Discretionary

$1,480

5.0%

$74

Administration For Community Living

Aging & Disability Service Programs

Mandatory

$28

5.1%

$1

Office Of The National Coordinator For Health Information Technology

All

Discretionary

$17

5.0%

$1

Department of Labor

Employment and Training Administration,

Discretionary & Mandatory

$51,306

5.0% for discretionary and 5.1% for mandatory

$2,612

Department of Housing & Urban Development

Housing for Persons with Disabilities

Discretionary

$166

5.0%

$8

Department of Housing & Urban Development

Housing for the Elderly

Discretionary

$377

5.0%

$19

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Juvenile Justice Programs

Discretionary

$255

5.0%

$13

A link to the full text of “Office of Management & Budget Report To Congress On Sequestration For Fiscal Year 2013” may be found inThe OPEN MINDS Circle Libraryatwww.openminds.com/library/030113ombjcseqrpt.htm.

For more information, contact: The Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20503; 202-395-3080; Fax: 202-395-3888; Website:www.whitehouse.gov/omb/organization.

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