Federal Register Bulletin Newsletter January 2019
What happens to the Federal Register during a government shutdown?
To All Federal agencies:
As explained in the OFR notice published on December 10, 2018 83 FR 63540 agencies without appropriations who wish to submit a document to the OFR during an appropriations lapse must attach a special handling letter to the document which states that publication in the Federal Register is necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services excepted under the Antideficiency Act. We have created a letter template for agencies to use. The OFR notice applied to unfunded agencies.
If there is a partial appropriations lapse (when OFR is unfunded), funded agencies who wish to submit a document to the OFR during an appropriations lapse must attach a special handling letter to the document certifying that delaying publication until the end of the appropriations lapse would prevent or significantly damage the execution of funded functions at the agency. This provides OFR with documentation that publication in the Federal Register is a function or service excepted under the Antideficiency Act. We have created a letter template (updated January 16, 2019) for agencies to use.
For more information, visit our FAQ page on the lapse.
The OFR may suspend the regular three-day publication schedule to permit a limited number of exempt personnel to process documents submitted during an appropriations lapse. Agency officials will be informed as to the schedule for filing and publishing individual documents during this appropriations lapse.
For questions related to this bulletin, contact our Legal Affairs and Policy Staff at email@example.com.
Oliver A. Potts, Director
Office of the Federal Register