ACL: Planning for Potential Lapse in Appropriations

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

As you are aware, the Federal Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ends on September 30, 2013 and an Appropriation Act for FY2014 has not yet been passed.  The Administration continues to strongly believe that a lapse in appropriations should not occur, and that there is enough time for Congress to act to prevent a lapse.  However, prudent management requires that we prepare for an orderly execution of contingency plans in the unfortunate event of a lapse. In the event a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget is not passed and a lapse of funding occurs, the information below  provides you with information related to our grant administration processes.

Should a lapse in funding occur, HHS’ Administration for Community Living staff will not be available to provide routine administrative support services.  HHS will, however, maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests, so that payments can be made for excepted programs.  The robust internal controls that currently exist would continue to ensure the integrity of grant drawdown requests and payments.  For awards received prior to the gap in funding, you may also be able to continue drawing funds from prior awards during an appropriations lapse.  If you received your notice of grant award with restrictive terms and conditions, or if your drawdown request triggers one of the Payment Management System edit checks and or the drawdown limit controls, you will not be able to drawdown funds. 

If you are considering submitting an application for additional HHS federal assistance funding, please be advised, that the Grants.gov system will be operational and will be accepting applications from prospective grantees.  HHS will take action on those applications for fully funded and excepted programs.  For those programs which are non-excepted, the Grants.gov system will accept and store applications until such time as the responsible Department has the authority and funding to return to normal business operations.

Please check our website at www.acl.gov and www.hhs.gov  for updates.  Thank you for your assistance with this period of a potential government shut-down and your ongoing support of the Administration for Community Living.