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Further Clarification on Likely U.S. Government Shutdown
With a federal government shutdown becoming increasingly likely, federal agencies on Friday issued contingency plans for a lapse in funding due to Congress’s inability to agree on appropriations for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This e-News Bulletin supplements the e-News Bulletin CAPLAW sent out on Friday with additional information from the contingency plans.
Today, CSBG-network organizations should take the following steps to assess the impact of a shutdown on their various programs and operations:
Examine your organization’s agreements with federal and state governments for funding that originates with the federal government to determine whether the funding provided by those contracts comes from FY2014 appropriations, FY2013 appropriations, or another source. The shutdown will affect only programs and activities that are dependent on FY2014 appropriations. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Payment Management System (PMS), which processes draw downs for grant funds from multiple federal departments, will continue to operate during the shutdown.
Review contingency plans for federal agencies from which your organization receives funding (either directly or indirectly through your state) to determine which federal programs and activities will continue during the shutdown and which will not.
Note that federally funded activities to address cases of threat to human life or property where the threat can be reasonably said to be near at hand and demanding of immediate response will continue during a shutdown, according to a 1995 U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel legal opinion. This exception may apply to some programs operated by CSBG network organizations. For example, in its contingency plan, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) states that it will continue to provide for the delivery of essential housing and emergency services for homeless persons and persons with AIDS to protect against imminent threats to the safety of human life and will continue to disburse CDBG, HOME funds and other block grant funds in cases where failure to address issues result in a threat to safety of life and protection of property.
Watch closely for emails from your organization’s federal and state government funding sources about the shutdown; check funding source websites for additional information.
Contact your organization’s federal and state funding agencies to clarify what the impact of a shutdown will be on the federally funded programs and activities funded by those agencies.
For more key information from the federal agency contingency plans of relevance to CSBG-network organizations, click here. Each CSBG-network organization should carefully review the plans of those federal agencies from which it receives funding to determine the impact of a shutdown on programs administered by those agencies.
This e-News Bulletin is part of the National T/TA Strategy for Promoting Exemplary Practices and Risk Mitigation for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program and is presented free of charge to CSBG grantees. It was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0433. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.