Like many federal agencies, the FEC will be unable to provide any services during the government shutdown. Agency staff will not report to work, some computer systems will be powered down and the agency’s headquarters will be closed. While the FEC’s website will remain on-line, its content will not be updated. Although the interactive, web-based programs and electronic filing systems may be available for a temporary period of time after the shutdown, IT staff will not be available to monitor and resolve any technological issues that may arise regarding those systems. The agency’s telephone system will not be turned off during the shutdown, but staff will not be available to answer any calls. Email messages sent to staff will not be reviewed, and postal mail and other services will be delayed until the agency reopens.
If you are trying to contact the FEC, you will be unable to do so during the government shutdown. Also, if you have pending or new business before the FEC, or are waiting for a response from FEC staff, you should not expect to hear from us until we reopen. We look forward to resuming operations as soon as possible.
Although the FEC’s e-filing system will remain online, at least for some period of time, FEC staff will not be able to monitor the system, and it is possible that technological problems may arise that would prevent filers from filing on time. The FEC does not have statutory authority to extend filing deadlines, but may choose not to pursue administrative fines against filers prevented from filing by reasonably unforeseen circumstances beyond their control. See 11 CFR 111.35. Accordingly, the Commission will not pursue administrative fines against filers with reports due during the shutdown who fail to file on a timely basis, so long as they file within 24 hours after the Commission resumes operations. For electronic filers, reports that are due during the shutdown should be filed no later than 24 hours after the FEC resumes operations and its electronic filing system is functioning. The Commission will notify committees by email and the FEC website when this system is working. Similarly, paper filers—including those who file with the Secretary of the Senate—must file no later than 24 hours after the Commission reopens. The FEC will reopen on the first regular business day after its funding legislation is enacted. Please check the website for an announcement on when the FEC will reopen.
Other documents or materials due during the shutdown will be considered timely if the Commission receives them within 24 hours after the agency resumes operations. Where the time for the Commission to take an action (for example, notification of a complaint, rendering an advisory opinion, etc.) is triggered by the receipt of a document, that time will begin to run when the document is docketed as received after we resume operations. If the triggering document was filed before the shutdown -- such that Commission's time to act partially or wholly lapses during the shutdown -- please contact the appropriate FEC staff after we resume operations to discuss whether the deadline may be extended.
During the furlough, the FEC website and its interactive features may be unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.