Due to the lapse in appropriations, Department of Justice websites will not be regularly updated. The Department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions will continue. Please refer to the Department of Justice’s contingency plan for more information.

Continuation of Agency Activities During a Lapse in Both Authorization and Appropriation


During a lapse in both an agency’s authorization and its appropriation, activities may continue only to the extent they were authorized prior to the enactment of any specific lapsed authorization, and only to the extent they fit within the “emergency” exception to the Antideficiency Act.

Updated July 9, 2014