- September 19, 2013
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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed agencies to update their contingency plans in case Congress fails to pass a fiscal 2014 continuing resolution needed to keep the government open after Sept. 30. In a memo, Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell said “prudent management” requires agencies to update their plans for operating without an appropriation, reported Government Executive. The fiscal year ends in 11 days, so there still is adequate opportunity for lawmakers to elude a shutdown. “There is enough time for Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and the administration is willing to work with Congress to enact a short-term continuing resolution to fund critical government operations and allow Congress the time to complete the full year 2014 appropriations,” Burwell stated.