FCC Details Shut-Down Skeleton Crew

Acting Chairwoman, Commissioners Will Be Holding Down The Fort

The FCC has issued its plan for an orderly shut-down in case Congress can’t strike a deal before the end  of Monday.

Here are some of the things the FCC says won’t get done when all but a handful of staffers are furloughed.

“Consumer complaint and inquiry phone lines cannot be answered; consumer protection and local competition enforcement must cease; licensing services, including broadcast, wireless, and wireline, must cease; management of radio spectrum and the creation of new opportunities for competitive technologies and services for the American public must be suspended; and equipment authorizations, including those bringing new electronic devices to American consumers, cannot be provided.”

The commissioners and three inspectors general will get to come to work because they are not paid out of annual appropriations. Another 16 will be employed in protecting “life and limb”; up to eight will conduct interference detection and disaster response; four will be retained to handle IT issues; two will handle “cricital oversight”; and there will one employee apiece to conduct any treaty negotiations and national security functions

Outside contractors will handle some other critical functions, but more than 1,700 will not be coming to work, though some may be called in on an as-needed basis.