IHS-09-13-001Release Date: September 27, 2013
Source: Indian Health Service
Subject: NOTICE TO IHS GRANTS COMMUNITY REGARDING POSSIBLE LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS
Dear Indian Health Service Grantee,
The Indian Health Service 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.
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. In the event a continuing resolution or a FY2014 budget is 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. As a result, a minimal number of federal staff 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, 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.
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 http://www.ihs.gov/dgm/ 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 Indian Health Service.
Ms. Tammy G. Bagley Acting Director, CGMO, GPO Indian Health Service Division of Grants Management (301) 443-5204