FCC Releases Shutdown Plan

With a potential government shutdown looming on October 1, the FCC has released its shutdown plan for the agency. This plan is similar to the plan presented in 2011, when another temporary shutdown was likely.

Notably, the FCC proposes to keep 38 employees at work, despite the shutdown. These employees either are paid through resourcesother than appropriations or are needed to protect life and property during the shutdown.

The FCC’s plan also outlines plans to bring back limited personnel from furlough if individual circumstances warrant emergency action by the FCC. One interesting note for telecom carriers filing tariffs with the FCC: The plan states that up to 10 employees will be necessary for a day to suspend tariffs in order to prevent them from taking effect during the shutdown.