Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio! Today I was browsing through some articles, trying to do some research for upcoming articles, when I stubled across an article posted on the ARRL website. In this article, you will see how the the FCC is making plans to shutdown again because our law makers can come to an agreement on a budget!
This happened a couple years ago in 2013, and the FCC basically ground to a complete halt! This included all applications for new amateur radio licenses. I would have hated to work in the licensing department during that shutdown, hopefully it won’t come to that this year, but we will just have to wait and see.
With US House action pending on a continuing resolution to fund the US Government for a while longer, the FCC has released a â€œPlan for Orderly Shutdown Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations.â€ The Senate has approved a temporary spending bill to head off a federal government shutdown and keep things running through December 11, but US House member will face a more difficult vote. In the 2013 government shutdown, the FCC halted all activities â€œother than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property.â€ That included the processing of all Amateur Radio license applications filed via the Universal Licensing System (ULS).
â€œWhen this shutdown plan is activated, all FCC employees will be instructed to report to work the first business day following a lapse in appropriations if necessary to conduct orderly shutdown of operations,â€ the FCCâ€™s 2015 shutdown plan states. The FCC estimated that each employee should need no more than 4 hours to accomplish an orderly shutdown, with rare exceptions. â€œDuring this time, all but full-time, furlough-excepted FCC employees will receive a notice of decision to furlough in the form of a letter attached to an e-mail. The notice of decision will inform employees to cease regular work activities. Employees being furloughed also will be provided shutdown instructions advising them to engage only in shutdown activities.â€
The 2013 shutdown brought the FCC to a complete halt for all intents and purposes beyond emergencies. That included functions at the Commissionâ€™s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, facility, which handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, as well on the FCCâ€™s main website and the Amateur Radio call sign database (ULS).
The ARRL will monitor the situation and alert members, should a government shutdown occur and FCC operations be suspended. FCC employees will be expected to return to work on the next scheduled work day after a shutdown furlough has ended.
Do you think it will happen again this year? Leave your comments below.
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