Summary of Activities that Continue
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will continue care of children in, and referrals to, the Unaccompanied Children program. ACF will also continue work to support disaster recovery funded by supplemental disaster appropriations. Head Start and other social services programs will continue previously funded operations.
Summary of Contingency Staffing Plan
In the event of a lapse of appropriations, 897 (51%) of ACF staff will be retained including 774 (44%) who are exempt (their activities or position are already funded or otherwise exempted) and 123 (7%) who are excepted (their activities are deemed necessary by implication, or for the safety of human life or protection of property.
A total of 774 (44%) ACF staff will be exempt and will support activities that have funding available during a lapse in appropriations.
ACF will continue operations to support funded programs, including issuance and management of grant and contract awards. Key activities to continue include operation of the Unaccompanied Children program and management of disaster recovery work.
A total of 123 (7%) ACF staff are considered excepted and can legally continue their activities in the absence of appropriations. These staff fall into three categories; 1) those whose work is necessary for the safety of human life, 2) those whose work is necessary for the protection of property, and 3) those whose work is "necessarily implied" from the authorized continuation of other activities or the need to phase down and suspend operations.
The activities that ACF will continue include administration of funded programs to ensure continue of support for unaccompanied children, timely payments to grantees and contractors, and performing minimal timekeeping and budgetary operations to ensure an orderly phase down. All active disaster response operations or deployments that are ensuring the safety of human lives will continue regardless of current funding source. Staff in the ACF Office of the Chief Information Officer will also be excepted to ensure the maintenance and protection of ACF computer systems. ACF has 26 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers will continue working under this exception.