Planning for Potential Lapse in Funding

The U.S. Department of Commerce

For All Employees Except: FirstNet, NTIS, Census and USPTO


Dear Colleagues,

As many of you are aware, annual funding for much of the Government expires on September 30. There is still time for the Congress to complete appropriations for Fiscal Year 2024.

Prudent management requires the proper preparation for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur. A lapse would mean that certain Government activities would cease due to a lack of appropriated funding. To prepare for this possibility, we have updated our contingency plans for executing an orderly shutdown of activities that would be affected by a lapse in appropriations. During a lapse, designated, pre-notified employees of this agency would be temporarily furloughed. After the lapse ends, furloughed and excepted employees will receive retroactive pay for the furlough period as soon as possible.

Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and patience through this process, and for all that you do for the Department of Commerce and the American people.

Secretary Gina M. Raimondo

Secretary Gina Raimondo