Monday, March 18, 2024


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).

If no appropriation is enacted by midnight, March 22, 2024, the Agency will determine which chapter will apply and communicate the decision through an Agency/Executive message.

Responses to frequently asked questions are posted at .

If you have any questions, please send an e mail to

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