Government Shutdown, Just Great!


At the risk of getting a little political, I’m posting a blog post for this article instead of just as a news item. It is sad that we seem to go through something like this every few years. The thing is, it not only affects the FCC, but is also affects other agencies as well. Agencies like the National Weather Service. Here we are coming into storm season, the NWS has storm spotting schools scheduled typically up through the first part of June, at least in my region.

A couple days ago, my local NWS office announced that until the government shutdown is concluded, no spotting schools will be done. Because Skywarn spotters are suppose to take the class at least once every two years, depending on their local ARES/Skywarn team, they might not be able to participate; although I don’t see that happening.

As far as the FCC goes, things like new licenses, upgrades and vanity call sign applications will take longer than normal. The delay though will last longer than just during the Government shutdown though, it will last until everything is caught up after the shutdown is over!

If memory serves me correctly, last time we had a government shutdown and lasted 16 days, the FCC brought in extra temporary personnel to help them catch up.

It is such a pain in the ______ when stuff like this happens that affects so many people because somebody else can’t agree on what they are doing.

News article from the ARRL News Feed:

FCC Announces Plans for Partial Government Shutdown


The FCC has issued a brief statement regarding its plans in the event of a partial government shutdown, which could start on January 20.

“In the event of a partial government shutdown, because of available funding, the Federal Communications Commission plans to remain open and pay staff at least through the close of business on Friday, January 26,” the FCC said.

This means the FCC will continue to accept and process Amateur Radio license applications and grants at least for another week. During the 16-day 2013 government shutdown, the FCC retained eight employees “to conduct interference detection, mitigation, and disaster response operations.” Only one “senior management official” was left in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau — which oversees Amateur Radio.

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