Shutdown Plan

September 25, 2013

  1. PURPOSE:  To outline agency policy guidance and instructions for actions to be taken when Congress fails to enact either regular appropriations, a continuing resolution, or needed supplemental, resulting in an interruption of fund availability.  In the absence of appropriations:
    • Federal officers may not incur any obligations that cannot lawfully be funded from prior appropriations unless such obligations are otherwise authorized by law.
    • Federal officers may incur obligations as necessary for orderly termination of an agency’s functions, but funds may not be disbursed.
  2. SCOPE:  This plan applies to all personnel to include the thirteen Special Government Employees (private citizen Presidential appointees.)
  3. POLICY:  In order to execute an orderly shutdown, the following information is provided:
    • Estimated time to complete shutdown:  One half-day.
    • Number of on-board employees prior to execution:  29
    • Number of employees retained under plan:  0
    • Executive Director will notify OMB that shutdown procedures have initiated.
    • Director of Administration will notify building management of shutdown status.
    • Director of Administration will notify all agency personnel of shutdown status and will initiate action to issue furlough notices and other instructions as appropriate.
    • Director of Administration will direct Contracting Officer’s Representatives to notify agency contractors of shutdown status and other instructions as appropriate.
    • Chief Information Officer will ensure servers and other IT equipment are secured.
    • Agency personnel will be instructed to obtain information from news outlets for when a continuing resolution or an FY 2014 appropriation has been approved and that they will be expected to return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day.
    • OMB Circular No. A-11 (2010), Section 124.2, pages 1-2
    • OMB Memo M-13-22, Planning for Agency Operations during a Potential Lapse in Appropriations (and attachments), September 17, 2013
  5. REVIEW:  This Agency Shutdown Plan has been prepared and reviewed by the undersigned. It complies with guidance provided in the reference documents.

David M. Capozzi
Executive Director
U. S. Access Board