The current government shutdown that began on December 22, 2018 is an uncertain time for many federal employees and their families. It is also an uncertain time for organizations that receive funding and work closely with our federal government. If you are an HMIS organization, you’re probably wondering how the shutdown may impact you, your colleagues, your organization’s ability to offer services, and your clients.
Social Solutions reached out to a 3rd party HUD contractor that manages the HMIS data standards and HMIS vendor relationships to gain exclusive insight into this situation. Here are a few key takeaways from that conversation:
Should my organization continue to submit reports, like the APR, CAPERs, SSVF uploads, etc.?
YES. Community Providers should continue submitting all reports as normally required.
Should my organization anticipate delays with the 2019 HMIS data specification changes?
Unfortunately, there is no insight at this time into what, if any, changes to data specifications for funding or reporting will be. If there are changes, there is also no insight into how long delays will be in rolling out these changes.
Most HUD staff devoted to HMIS have been furloughed, but it is assumed that communicating any specification changes will be a top priority upon their return. There is concern that the longer this shutdown lasts, the less likely it will be that data specification changes will be implemented in 2019.
Will 2019 funding be impacted? Will 2020 funding be impacted?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is also unknown at this time. Questions regarding funding will have to wait to be addressed until after the shutdown ends and furloughed HUD employees return to work.
This is an uncertain time, but the key takeaway from this conversation is to keep submitting all required reports, complete and on time. Any updates to the status of the government can be found on the website of the Office of Personnel Management. If there is anything Social Solutions can do to assist you and your organization during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Client Success Manager.