HHS Issues Information about the Government Shutdown
Published on: October 02, 2013
Because Congress was unable to reach an agreement to extend funding for federal agencies and programs into the start of the new fiscal year that began on October 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo that outlines the department's contingency staffing and operating plans for all non-essential operations. Activities authorized by law, including those that do not rely on annual appropriations, and those that involve the safety of human life and protection of property will largely be unaffected.
Following are some of the specific HHS activities that will continue during the federal government shut-down:
In all, about 52 percent of HHS employees will be furloughed, with grant-making and employee-intensive agencies (e.g., the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) experiencing the most severe impacts. Most staff will be retained in agencies that have a substantial direct service component, like the Indian Health Service.