The Office of Justice Programs sent the following notification to the Sponsored Projects Office.

December 21, 2018

Subject: Government Shutdown: OJP will continue to operate through January 4

Dear OJP Award Recipient –

The current Continuing Resolution to fund Federal government operations expires at midnight (EST) on Friday, December 21, 2018. Without another Continuing Resolution or enactment of FY 2019 full-year appropriations, there will be a funding lapse that would result in cessation of many federal agency services.

However, should there be a lapse (“government shutdown”), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has sufficient resources to remain operational through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 4, 2019. This means that OJP staff will be available to assist grantees, stakeholders, and the public during this period.

Likewise, OJP systems and services will be available. Please note that during this time, the Grants Payment Request System (GPRS) will remain in service to accept grant payment requests. The Department's finance office plans to process a grant payment file early Wednesday morning, December 26th, which is expected to include any payment requests received in GPRS by 6:00 a.m. (EST) that morning. However, Department staff will not be available to process requests received after that time. When Department staff return, payment requests received in GPRS will be processed.

If it appears that a lapse in FY 2019 appropriations will continue beyond January 4th, we will contact you regarding OJP’s operational status and any potential impact on our services and systems.

Thank you,

Maureen A. Henneberg
Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Operations and Management
Office of Justice Programs