Annual funding for the government expired on January 19, 2018. In the absence of either a Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 appropriation, or a continuing resolution, NASA may incur no further financial obligations except those related to the orderly shutdown of operations, and performance of “excepted” activities as defined in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies dated November 17, 1981. For NASA almost all “excepted employees” are those involved in protection of life or property.
Civil servants have been notified of their status and given further instructions via email. Contractors should look to their management or human resources for official guidance.