Guidance for USAID Personnel

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TO: Principal Officers, Assistant Administrators and Heads of Independent Offices
SUBJECT: Guidance on USAID Operations during a Lapse in Appropriations

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide an updated integrated reference guide concerning the U.S. Agency for International Development’s operations before and during a lapse in appropriations. (This version supersedes all previous guidance.) Please note that all dates in the guidance are subject to change based on the status of the most current legislative action.

The attached guidance is divided into two chapters to ensure clear operating instructions during a lapse in appropriations when: (a) base Operating Expense (OE) funding is available (Chapter 1); and (b) no base OE is available (Chapter 2). Supplemental COVID OE is available through FY 2021 and should be treated like other multi-year appropriations. If no appropriation is enacted by midnight, September 30, 2020, Chapter 1 will apply.

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Last updated: September 30, 2020

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