Pressure is growing in Congress for House and Senate leaders to resolve their differences on a long-term spending bill for FY2011.
The sixth and likely final short-term stop-gap spending measure (Continuing Resolution) for FY2011 is expected to be approved and signed into law by the President by the end of this week. It will remain in effect until April 8th.
The parties appear to be about $30 billion apart on spending cuts for FY2011. They will need to bridge this gap during the 3 weeks allotted for in the CR. Once the President signs the bill there probably will be an abbreviated application period for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. We are, therefore, advising interested communities and institutions to take advantage of the pending 3-week period to complete or update required risk assessments and to draft initial application responses, utilizing last year’s (FY2010) program guidance. We want to ensure that people optimize their drafting time and minimize the potential down time that might occur during the Passover Holiday.
The Jewish Federations of North America and JCRC have both established web sites with last year’s guideline materials for your immediate use. We shall update these materials and post new ones, as additional details regarding the specific FY2011 guidelines become available. Modifications can always be made to draft applications once the FY2011 guidelines are published by the Department of Homeland Security.