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Several Federal Agencies Update Shutdown Plans

October 7, 2013

As the U.S. government shutdown approaches its second week, several federal agencies released information regarding the statues of employees and services.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will postpone its Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) features until funding is allocated.   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not be accepting registrations for drug and device production and distribution facilities, which were originally scheduled from October 1st until December 31st.  At the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), personnel working in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in projects related to Export Control Reform will no longer be considered exempt from the shutdown.  However, the DOC and the State Department plan to implement a rule on October 15th, which will move certain items from the United States Munitions List to the Commerce Control List.  President Obama also cancelled the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership meeting, scheduled for October 7-11th in Brussels, Belgium.

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