However, prudent management requires that we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur. A lapse would mean that a number of government activities would cease due to a lack of appropriated funding, and that a number of employees would be temporarily furloughed. The resources below provide guidance to Department of Defense Components in preparation for a furlough. Also, the Office of Personnel Management human resources furlough guidance can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/. For specific information or assistance, employees are encouraged to contact their local human resources office.