U.S. Department of Justice FY 2019 Contingency Plan   [open pdf - 861KB]

"This FY 2019 Contingency Plan covers Department of Justice (DOJ or the Department) operations during a lapse in appropriations. The Antideficiency Act restricts the Federal Government's ability to obligate funds in advance of appropriations or beyond appropriated levels. During a lapse in appropriations, the Department will only continue the following categories of activities: 1. Those funded by a source that has not lapsed, such as permanent indefinite appropriations and carryover of no-year funds appropriated in a prior year; 2. Those for which there is an express authority to continue during an appropriations lapse; 3. Those for which authority to continue during an appropriations lapse arises by necessary implication; 4. Those related to the discharge of the President's constitutional duties and powers; and 5. Those related to 'emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property,' 'i.e.', where there is a reasonable likelihood that the safety of human life or the protection of property would be compromised, in some significant degree, by delay in the performance of the function in question."

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