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http://transition.fcc.gov/Plan-for-Orderly-Shutdown-September-2013.pdf

Plan for Orderly Shutdown
Due to Lapse of Congressional Appropriations
September 27, 2013

Generally, during a shutdown all FCC activities other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property will cease.

Suspended activities include, among many others: 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.

When 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. FCC estimates that the time required for each employee to accomplish an orderly shutdown will be not more than four (4) hours with very rare exceptions detailed below. During 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, which include items such as:
o Securing the work area and locking up materials and files;
o Cancelling travel plans and scheduled training;
o Cancelling internal and external meetings and informing attendees;
o Cancelling FCC sponsored events and notifying participants, and o
o Placing out-of-office messages on email and voicemail.

• With very rare exceptions detailed below, FCC estimates orderly shutdown will be completed in approximately four (4) hours – one half-day for planning purposes.
• FCC expects that approximately 1754 employees will be on-board before the implementation of the plan.
• Up to six (6) employees will be retained under the plan because their compensation is financed by a resource other than annual appropriations. These are full-time employees. They include the FCC Chairwoman and two Commissioners, and approximately three Inspector General (IG) no- year/Universal Service Funds Staff – the three (3) IG staff; however, may need to be furloughed due to lack of excepted supervisors.
• Up to 16 employees, not otherwise exempt, will be retained to protect life and property. These are full-time employees, working shifts to cover 24 hour and 18 hour operations. Up to two (2) employees working per shift at each location. Staff of the FCC Operations Center handle emergency contacts for agency. Staff of the High Frequency Direction Finding (HFDF) Center operate the high frequency antenna system used to protect life and property. One (1) management employee will oversee and coordinate regularly with both operations, and their respective shifts, to help identify and respond to imminent threats to life or property.
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• Up to eight (8) employees will be retained to conduct interference detection, mitigation, and disaster response operations wherever they may be needed. These are full-time employees strategically located across the country who will resolve imminent threats to the safety of life or property.
• Two (2) employees will be retained for critical oversight issues.*
• One (1) employee will be retained to conduct treaty negotiations – functions instrumental in the discharge of the President’s constitutional powers. This is a full-time employee.
• One (1) employee on detail to another agency will be retained to perform national security functions instrumental in the discharge of the President’s constitutional power. This is a full-time employee.
• Four (4) employees will be retained for critical Information Technology (IT) issues. One (1) part-time and three (3) full-time.

After the plan has been implemented, the 38 employees listed above, or 2% of those on-board before the plan was implemented, will have been retained. The remaining 1716 employees, or 98% of those on-board before the plan was implemented, will have been furloughed and sent home.

The FCC does not estimate that more than one-half day will be needed to complete a shutdown, however, up to 10 employees in the Wireline Competition Bureau and a few employees from other offices may be needed for up to a day to suspend recently filed tariffs so they do not automatically take effect during the shutdown.

The number of employees to be retained to protect life and property will not exceed 5% of the number of employees on-board at the beginning of a hiatus less those exempt.

In addition to the employees listed above, the following contractors will be retained to protect life or property:
1) 24/7 IT support to monitor system – 15 full-time contractors, 12 per day working varied shifts
2) Headquarters (HQ) Security Guards, eight (8) contractors (8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Mon thru Fri) and five (5) at all other times
3) Field Security Guards, two (2) contractors (Gettysburg, PA and Columbia, MD)(5:30 am to 8:00 pm, Mon thru Fri)
4) Security Patrol Service for Honolulu (drive by twice daily)
5) Office of Managing Director (OMD) Senior Management Official* - staff of two (2)
6) Office of General Counsel (OGC) Senior Management Official* – staff of three (3)
7) Enforcement Bureau (EB) Senior Management Official* – staff of two (2)
8) Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB) Senior Management Official* – staff of one (1)
9) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Senior Management Official* - staff of two (2)
10) OIG staff to respond to FBI and DOJ - up to five (5) staff may be called upon
11) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) Senior Management Official* - staff of one (1)
12) International Bureau (IB) Senior Management Official* – staff of one (1)
13) Media Bureau (MB) Senior Management Official* - staff of one (1)
14) Wireline Competition Bureau (WCB) Senior Management Official* - staff of one (1)
15) Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) Senior Management Official* - staff of one (1)
16) Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) Senior Management Official* - staff of one (1)
17) EB Field Supervisors* and EB Field Staff to respond to emergencies involving the protection of life or property (e.g., interference with aircraft frequencies)
18) COMSEC Personnel, staff of two (2)
19) Others employees or contractors as needed for immediate protection of life or property, such as to handle an unanticipated natural disaster, computer security issue, or other emergency

*Authorized to designate other staff to work on as needed basis

Orderly Shutdown Activity

OMD Payroll/Financial Operations, staff of five (5), to process payroll for work performed prior to shutdown - up to one day depending on when in the pay period a furlough occurs and whether payroll records have been transmitted to the National Finance Center.
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Here's an FRC link to that download, for those who would prefer not to download it directly off the FCC's website, hi.

http://freeradiocafe.com/1/fcc/Plan-for-Orderly-Shutdown-September-2013.pdf

My take on it:

It looks as if their long-range HF direction-finding network/system will have necessary staff to run it, but it's mostly automated anyway. Otherwise, they will only have a skeleton crew on duty to respond to "emergencies", that is, serious threats to life and property from RF interference or other issues-- like a rogue FM transmitter interfering with aircraft/airport communications and radar, for instance.

So, looks like they won't be targeting any pirates during the presumed government unless you're causing a really big problem somewhere. Their automated system may still do long-range DFing on stations, but there won't be any "stakeouts" going on as long as you aren't interfering with vital services.

So.... a good time to "seize the airwaves"!!!


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It looks as if their long-range HF direction-finding network/system will have necessary staff to run it, but it's mostly automated anyway. Otherwise, they will only have a skeleton crew on duty to respond to "emergencies", that is, serious threats to life and property from RF interference or other issues-- like a rogue FM transmitter interfering with aircraft/airport communications and radar, for instance.

So, looks like they won't be targeting any pirates during the presumed government unless you're causing a really big problem somewhere. Their automated system may still do long-range DFing on stations, but there won't be any "stakeouts" going on as long as you aren't interfering with vital services.

So.... a good time to "seize the airwaves"!!!

So John, I'm waiting for you to personally thank Boehner for the shutdown :-)
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Well, I doubt that I'd be allowed to get close enough to thank him 'personally'.....  Watch lists and all that, don't ya know.

But, I do believe I'll add him to my Christmas card list this year.  Really, there's only one department I'd like to see shut down, but you take what you can get.






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I'd LOVE to hear a HF-athon of Reverend Maxwell's High Frequency Church!  ;D
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"...personally thank Boehner for the shutdown..."

Wow, talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.

You radio guys ever use any government stuff?

Ever get out much?

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