Over the next two weeks, several organizations across Oklahoma will receive letters explaining why they might soon receive less federal grant money.
The state Health Department anticipates that, because of automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration, it will see a reduction in the amount of grant money that it has available for the 2013 fiscal year.
Because of that reduction, the agency is alerting its federal grant recipients that, although the specific details aren't known, organizations might see a reduction in the amount of grant money they receive.
“I don't think anybody has ever seen anything like this,” said Dr. Ronald Woodson, the state Board of Health vice president. “And nobody really knows what's going to happen, and the scenario changes by the week at the federal level.”
The process known as sequestration relates to a federal law known as the Budget Control Act of 2011.
The law mandated that if Congress could not reach a budget agreement, the federal budget deficit had to be reduced by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years, according to the Health Department.
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I don't think anybody has ever seen anything like this. And nobody really knows what's going to happen, and the scenario changes by the week at the federal level.”
Dr. Ronald Woodson,
state Board of Health vice president