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CDC Releases FY 13 Operating Plan

May 2, 2013

Late last week, CDC released the agency's operating plan for the remainder of FY 2013, which also includes the impact of sequestration. Overall, the impact seems to include an across-the-board 5.2 percent reduction to public health programs and administrative costs; however, the overall reduction to grants for programs is not as clear. CDC has informed us that they are trying to hold cuts to grants to no more than 3 percent, but some may see larger reductions. To this end, we are looking at reductions to be no more than 5 percent to a majority of core public health programs, although some programs that also received funding through the Prevention and Public Health Fund saw even greater reductions.

Coupled with the reallocation of almost half of the Prevention and Public Health Fund for implementation of activities for the Affordable Care Act, CDC's overall budget for FY13 has been reduced by $575 million, or 8.4 percent as compared to FY12. Some notable FY13 totals and reductions to public health programs as compared to FY12 are:

  • Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. FY13 total: $75.4 million; a reduction of $4.1 million, or 5.2 percent.
  • Section 317 Immunization. FY13 total: $528.4 million; a reduction of $91.8 million, or 15 percent.
  • CDC Food Safety Programs. FY13 total: $25.7 million; a reduction of $1.4 million, or 5.2 percent.
  • Environmental Public Health Tracking. FY13 total: $23.9 million; a reduction of $11.1 million, or 32 percent.
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program. FY13 total: $608.3 million; a reduction of $33.4 million, or 5.2 percent.
  • National Public Health Improvement Initiative. FY13 total: $37.039 million; a reduction of $3.2 million, or 8 percent.
  • National Healthcare Safety Network/Healthcare-Associated Infections. FY13 total: $25.85 million; a reduction of $773,000, or 1 percent.
  • Community Transformation Grants. FY13 total: $146.3 million; a reduction of $79.7 million, or 35 percent.
  • Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health. FY13 total: $13.2 million; a reduction of $40.7 million, or 76 percent.

We are still waiting to see the operating plans for the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (which contains the FY13 plan for the Hospital Preparedness Program). ASTHO Government Relations staff will continue to monitor agencies' operating plans as they are released and provide updates on impacts to grants as soon as information becomes available. See the full operating plan for impact on public health programs across CDC.