Subject: Planning for Potential Lapse in Appropriations.
From: David Radzanowski
Date: September 18, 2013
This HR Message is being delivered to you via HRMES On Behalf Of: David Radzanowski.
As many of you are aware, annual funding for the government expires on September 30. The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding 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, prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur at the end of the month. A lapse would mean that a number of government activities would cease due to a lack of appropriated funding. It would also mean that a number of employees would be temporarily furloughed. To prepare for this possibility, we are working with our General Counsel and our Chief Financial Officer to update our contingency plans for executing an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations.
The uncertainty of the current circumstances puts our workforce in a difficult situation, and should a lapse occur, it could impose hardships on many employees as well as the people that we serve every day. As we approach the end of the month, we are committed to providing you with updated and timely information on any further developments. For now, should you have questions, I encourage you to talk to your center Human Resources Office. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website also addresses some of the questions that may be on your mind.
Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and patience through this process, and for your continued service to NASA, the Nation, and the American people.
David P. Radzanowski
Chief of Staff