As many of you are aware, annual funding for the government expires on Dec. 9. The Administration strongly believes that a lapse in funding should not occur. There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations.
However, prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur. As we saw in 2013, a lapse would mean that a number of government activities would cease due to a lack of appropriated funding, and that a number of employees would again be temporarily furloughed. To prepare for this possibility, we are working to update our contingency plans for executing an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations. To that end, we are posting our shut down plan here.