OMB Memo Instructs Federal Agencies to Begin Shutdown

Midnight came and went with no funding agreement in sight. Here is the full text of a memo from the White House Director of the Office of Management and Budget Sylvia Burwell. It instructs 

SUBJECT: Update on Status of Operations
This memorandum follows the September 17,2013, Memorandum M-13-22, and provides an update on the potential lapse of appropriations.

Appropriations provided under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6) expire at 11:59 pm tonight. Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that Congress will act in time for the President to sign a Continuing
Resolution before the end of the day tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Therefore, agencies should now execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations. We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge that ensures sufficient time to pass a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year, and to restore the operation of critical public services and programs that will be impacted by a lapse in appropriations.

Agencies should continue to closely monitor developments, and OMB will provide
further guidance as appropriate. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and the work you and your agencies do on behalf of the American people.

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