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Radio News: FCC to stay open a week during government shutdown

Jan 20, 2018 12:30 am
The Hill reports that the Federal Communications Commission says it will stay open for a week after the government shut down at midnight Jan. 19. “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,” FCC spokesman Brian Hart said in a statement. After that, only 227 of its 1,492 employees get to keep working -- emergency personnel, the five commissioners, and 185 workers whose salary doesn’t come from annual appropriations. The FCC's monthly open meeting on Jan. 30 might get postponed. The commission is set to vote on updating the country’s Wireless Emergency Alert system at that meeting.