Government Shutdown

Arlington National Cemetery will remain open and conduct normal operations during the government shutdown.

Our current hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week.

Arlington National Cemetery Plan of Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Date: January 19, 2018

This Plan of Operations describes the agency’s plan for operating in the event of a lapse in appropriations

This document describes Arlington National Cemetery’s (ANC) plan for operating in the event of a lapse in appropriations.

ANC is funded by the Cemeterial Expenses, Army appropriation and will use remaining funding authority from no-year and multi-year appropriations to conduct essential operations during a lapse of appropriations.

The procedures herein apply to all ANC personnel funded through a multi-year appropriation with sufficient available funds at the time of the lapse in appropriations.

Designation of Exempted Employees
ANC will continue to conduct operations as normal and the Executive Director, in conjunction with CPAC, will notify exempted employees of their designation. These exempted employees will be expected to show up for normal duty during the lapse in appropriations period.

Employees Subject to Furlough
ANC does not intend to furlough any employee, and all employees are expected to report to work on the first day of business following a lapse in appropriations to conduct normal activities.

During the shutdown, should the Executive Director later designate exempted employees as non-exempted employees they may not volunteer to work without pay. Such voluntary services are a violation of the Anti-deficiency Act and will not be permitted under any circumstances.

Funds Control
The ANC RM or designee will control funds during the shutdown and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Specifically the ANC RM may, as required and as permitted under the Anti-deficiency Act and other applicable law:

  1. Authorize obligations of funds to the extent permitted during a lapse in appropriations (for example, for excepted activities, or if prior year, no-year or multi-year funds remain unobligated and available).
  2. Establish and disseminate procedures for the initiation, review, and approval of purchase requests to ensure that no contractual or other financial commitments are entered into after a lapse in appropriations other than those deemed essential.
  3. Take necessary actions to adjust allocations as appropriate during periods of lapsed appropriations.
  4. Ensure that funds are not disbursed that are not available for disbursement.

Notification to OMB
The ANC RM is responsible for notifying the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the agency’s operations in compliance with Section 124 of OMB Circular A-11.

Shutdown Activities for Staff Subject to Furlough
This paragraph is not applicable. Among other things, staff will be instructed to:

  1. Report for work at the normal time on January 20th and the 22nd to conduct normal operations;
  2. Update "exempted" personnel on their status during the period of the shutdown;
  3. Input information into the Automated Time Attendance and Production System hours worked and leave taken.

Notification to Public and Staff
The ANC Call Center and the ANC Public Affairs Office will notify the public and employees that ANC remains open for normal operations via the website and telephonically. The Call Center will ensure that the ANC phone lines contain a message regarding the current status of the agency’s operations.

Additionally, the agency will use the chain of command to contact employees regarding changes in agency status.

Employees are expected to report to work January 20th and the 22nd to conduct normal operations.

Required Estimates

  • Time required to complete shutdown: Not Applicable
  • Number of employees expected to be on-board before implementation of the plan: 179GS/WG and 14 military.
  • Number of employees to be retained because their salaries are paid from multi-year appropriations: 179.
  • Number of employees to be retained to protect life or property: Not Applicable