OMB Statement

Official OMB Statement

"The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in appropriations should not occur.  There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the Administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical Government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations. 

However, at this time, prudent management requires that the government plan for the possibility of a lapse and OMB is working with agencies to take appropriate action.  This includes agencies reviewing relevant legal requirements and updating their plans for executing an orderly shutdown, as outlined in the guidance OMB issued last week.  This planning is consistent with what was done in previous instances where a potential lapse in appropriations was approaching.

It is our hope that this work will ultimately be unnecessary and that there will be no lapse in appropriations.

Agencies are still in the process of reviewing relevant legal requirements and updating their plans.  Determinations about specific programs are being actively reviewed as agencies undertake this process."