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FCC Makes Contingency Plans for Government Shutdown


The Federal Communications Commission has posted a “Plan for Orderly Shutdown” in the event that the US government should be forced to shut down at midnight “due to lapse of Congressional appropriations.”

“Generally, during a shutdown, all FCC activities other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property will cease,” the FCC plan begins. All FCC employees will report for work on October 1, if necessary to conduct an orderly shutdown of operations, the Commission said. Only a handful of the FCC’s 1754 employees would remain behind after that. This would include eight employees “retained to conduct interference detection, mitigation and disaster response operations.”

The Commission estimates that it will require about one-half day to shut down operations. Only one “senior management official” in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau — which oversees Amateur Radio — would be on duty during a shutdown.




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