In the Event of a Government Shutdown....

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By Cydney Posner

The SEC has said that it "will remain open and operational in the event the federal government undergoes a lapse in appropriations on October 1. Any changes to the SEC's operational status after October 1 will be announced on [the SEC] website. The SEC's current operational plan in the event of a shutdown is available here http://www.sec.gov/about/sec-plan-of-operations-during-lapse-in-appropriations-2013.pdf. Among other things, the plan states that if "there is a lapse in appropriations, the SEC will be able to continue only certain types of functions that qualify as exceptions to the Antideficiency Act restrictions, including those needed for a brief time to ensure the orderly shutdown of functions that will not continue during the lapse. The functions that qualify as exceptions include those related to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, including law enforcement functions; those for which there is an express authority to continue during an appropriations lapse; and those for which authority to continue during an appropriations lapse arises by necessary implication. Accordingly, if there is a lapse in appropriations, the SEC must initiate the orderly shutdown of agency activities not considered essential to these functions."

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