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

January 3, 2019

Subject: Fwd: Lapse in Appropriation: OJP Operational Status

Dear OJP Award Recipient –

As you know, the Continuing Resolution, which funded Federal government operations through December 21, 2018, expired without the enactment of another Continuing Resolution or a FY 2019 full-year appropriation. This funding lapse has continued, resulting in cessation of many federal agency services.

However, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has sufficient resources to remain operational and will continue to operate through 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 18, 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.

As an OJP award recipient, your organization should continue with your scheduled, federally-funded activities. Please note that during this time, the Grants Payment Request System (GPRS) will remain in service to accept grant payment requests. However, Department staff will not be available to process the requests. We will notify you when Department staff resumes processing of payment requests received in GPRS.

If it appears that a lapse in FY 2019 appropriations will continue beyond January 18th, 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