IMPACT OF POTENTIAL LAPSE IN FUNDING ON COMMISSION OPERATIONS
In the event of a continued partial lapse in federal government funding, the Commission
suspended most operations in the middle of the day on Thursday, January 3, 2019.
During a lapse in funding, the Network Outage Reporting System (NORS), the Disaster
Information Reporting System (DIRS), the Public Safety Support Center (PSSC), the Licensing Management System (LMS), the Consolidated Database System (CDBS), the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS), the Universal Licensing System (ULS), the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS), the Auctions Public Reporting System (PRS), the Auction Application System, the Auction Bidding System, the Daily Digest, and the Commission Online Registration System (CORES) will remain available. All other Commission electronic filing and database systems will be unavailable to the public until normal agency operations resume.
In addition, the Commission’s filing window and mail operations will be open only for the purpose of receiving filings related to the spectrum auction activities authorized by section 309(j) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. § 309(j), including the broadcast incentive auction, and filings necessary for the protection of life and property.Content on the Commission’s website will remain accessible to the public, but will not be updated during the suspension of operations except as to matters related to spectrum auction activities authorized by section 309(j) and matters necessary for the protection of life and property.
Spectrum Auction Activities Authorized by Section 309(j).
During a suspension of Commission operations because of a lapse in funding, Commission staff will continue to perform ongoing work related to spectrum auction activities authorized by section 309(j) of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 309(j), including the post-incentive auction broadcast transition. All spectrum auction filing deadlines will continue to apply. Commission staff will be available to answer spectrum auction questions and may communicate with relevant parties regarding spectrum auction activities and requirements. Commission staff will not be available to perform work other than the excepted activities described in this Public Notice and will not process any other materials delivered by U.S. mail to Commission facilities or any other materials received by the Commission electronically.
The Commission’s website will have active links to the electronic
systems listed above as needed. The Appendix describes ongoing work by Commission staff
related to the post-incentive auction transition that will continue during a suspension of regular Commission operations.During a suspension of regular Commission operations because of a lapse in funding, relevant parties may contact the Commission about the Broadcast Incentive Auction Transition via email at email@example.com. For phone calls related to reimbursements from the Relocation Fund, parties should continue to call (202) 418-2009. For all other questions related to the Broadcast Incentive Auction, parties should email IATransitionlicensing@fcc.gov.
Please consult the attached Public Notice for further details.