Denali Commission Lapse Plan

Appropriations to the Denali Commission have been made on an indefinite “no- year” basis and, specifically, “remain available until expended,.” which means that the Denali Commission can incur obligations against such available budget authority indefinitely, per OMB Circular A-11, Section 20. In the event of a lapse in appropriations, the Denali Commission will only incur obligations that can lawfully be funded from such prior no-year appropriations.  All Denali staff members will continue to report to work during the period for which their salaries may be paid through prior, no-year appropriations. Prior to a lapse, the Denali Commission has 14 employees reporting to work; in the initial period after the lapse, the Denali Commission will have 14 employees reporting to work. Should a lapse in appropriations extend for a prolonged period, it may be necessary for the Denali Commission to take measures to gradually shut down activities, such as curtailing travel, delaying or reducing non-essential administrative contracts, and furloughing staff. 

The Federal Co-Chair and the Director of Programs are responsible for notifying their employees when appropriations resume, following notification from OMB. At that point, the Federal Co-Chair and the Director of Programs will notify staff where and when to begin reporting for work.

Lapse Plan Summary Overview
Estimated time (to nearest half day) required to complete shutdown activities:1
Total number of agency employees expected to be on board before implementation of the plan:14
Total number of agency employees expected to be furloughed under the plan (unduplicated count):11
Total number of employees to be retained under the plan for each of the following categories (may include duplicated counts):
Compensation is financed by a resource other than annual appropriations:14
Necessary to perform activities expressly authorized by law:0
Necessary to perform activities necessarily implied by law:0
Necessary to the discharge of the President’s constitutional duties and powers:0
Necessary to protect life and property:3

Brief Summary of significant agency activities that will continue during a lapse:

The current balance of no-year prior year appropriations is at a sufficient level to maintain normal operations into fiscal year 2024.

Brief Summary of significant agency activities that will cease during a lapse:

In the event of a full shutdown of Denali Commission operations, the excepted employees would include the Director of Programs, the Senior Financial Officer, and General Counsel. The Director of Programs would be available to address any emergency situations that might arise in the performance of the Commission’s grantees. The Director of Programs, Senior Financial Officer and General Counsel will be retained as necessary to ensure files and records are secure, confidential material and government property are protected, notifications of the suspension of Denali Commission’s activities are made, and any necessary administrative functions relevant to the shutdown are performed. All other employees would be furloughed until new funding is made available.

This plan was updated on September 25, 2023.