As you are aware, the Government Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 ends on September 30, 2013 and an Appropriation act for FY2014 has not yet been passed. Because a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget has not passed and a lapse of funding occurs, I wanted to provide you with information related to our grant administration processes.
Your particular grant program is funded by appropriations that are not affected by the government shutdown at least for the first quarter of FY2014. As a result, a minimal number of federal staff supporting the grant programs will be available to provide routine administrative support services. In addition, HHS will maintain the Payment Management System in an operational status to continue processing grant drawdown requests for payments that support excepted programs. The robust internal controls that currently exist would continue to ensure the integrity of grant drawdown requests and payments. 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 the www.hhs.gov website for updates. Thank you for your assistance with this period of government shut-down and your ongoing support of the Office of Acquisition and Grants Management
Division of Grants Management
Office of Acquisition and Grants Management
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services