Unfortunately, as the 2013 government fiscal year comes to a close, we again face severe federal financial uncertainty as the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expires at 11:59 PM on Monday, September 30. As such, organizations that rely on federal funding and federal support must plan for the very real possibility of another, and perhaps prolonged, government shutdown.
On September 17, 2013, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum to all executive branch agencies titled “Planning for Agency Operations During a Potential Lapse in Appropriations.” While the memo is optimistic that Congress will act before the shutdown, the memo advises agencies to update “their plans for operations in the absence of appropriations, consistent with Section 124.2 of OMB Circular A-11.” The memo further advises that “agency leaders should ensure that only those activities that are ‘excepted’ pursuant to applicable legal requirements would continue to be performed during a lapse in the appropriation for those activities.” The memo also attaches some frequently asked questions that address various technical questions about particular matters related to agency operations during a lapse in appropriations.
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