Summary of Activities that Continue
The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will continue support of COVID-19, hurricane and other emergency responses. ASPR is leading the Federal Government's response to COVID-19, and a large number of staff are supporting the medical countermeasure (MCM) program by negotiating, awarding, and managing contracts that are critical to the response effort.
The awarding actions, which are done by ASPR acquisitions, include the ability to execute funds. The technical oversight and management by ASPR program staff and all of the reporting required to leadership and stakeholders are essential to ensure that the projects advance as quickly as possible.
In addition to supporting the COVID-19 response, ASPR staff are also negotiating, awarding, and managing contracts that are critical to the other material threats within ASPR's mission. These tasks include executing contract actions for the development of medical countermeasures for CBRN and pandemic influenza preparedness and response efforts and the overall technical oversight and management of those contracts post award to ensure appropriate fiduciary oversight. The contractual actions and oversight are essential to ensure that the projects advance as quickly as possible. Examples of projects that would be adversely impacted by a lapse in funding include the advanced development of MCMs for bacterial and viral pathogens, radiological and nuclear threats, treatment options for chemical agents, and strategies to improve the current standard for burn care.
Summary of Contingency Staffing Plan
In the event of a lapse of appropriations, 498 (47%) of ASPR staff will be retained including 260 (24%) who are exempt (their activities or position are already funded or otherwise exempted) and 238 (22%) who are excepted (their activities are deemed necessary by implication, or for the safety of human life or protection of property).
A total of 260 (24%) ASPR staff will be exempt and performing activities without funding issues during a lapse in appropriations. These staff can continue activities by utilizing multi-year appropriations (BARDA Advanced Research and Development (ARD) and Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) for example).
A total of 238 (22%) ASPR 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 ASPR will continue include administration of funded programs to ensure continued support for disaster responses, MCM management, 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. ASPR’s 111 Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Officers will continue working under their exception.