Funding for a portion of the federal government expired on December 21, 2018. The Department is prepared for a lapse in funding that would necessitate a significant reduction in operations and is currently implementing its plan.
In compliance with the restrictions of the Antideficiency Act, the Department of Commerce will maintain the following services and activities during a lapse in appropriations:
- Weather, water, and climate observing, prediction, forecast, warning and support
- Law enforcement activities for the protection of marine fisheries
- Fisheries management activities including quota monitoring, observer activities and regulatory actions to prevent overfishing.
- Water level data for ships entering U.S. ports, critical nautical chart updates and accurate position information.
- Patent and trademark application processing
- Operation of the national timing and synchronization infrastructure as well as the National Vulnerability Database
- Maintenance, continuity and protection of certain research property and critical data records
- All services of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
- Export enforcement – the ongoing conduct of criminal investigations, and prosecutions, and coordination with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies in furtherance of our national security
- Support for excepted activities under a shutdown
- Assignment of radio frequencies to federal agencies for critical national security and public safety purposes
- All the functions of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet)
The following services and activities will not be available during a lapse except to extent funded by other than current year annual appropriations:
- Most research activities at NIST and NOAA (excluding real-time regular models on research computers used for hurricane and FAA flight planning)
- Assistance and support to recipients of grant funding
- Technical oversight of non-mission essential contracts
- Services and activities provided by:
- Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)
- Economic Development Administration (EDA)
- Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA)
- Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
- U.S. Census Bureau with the exception of the support of the Decennial Census, which remains funded and activities funded by other agencies and non-Federal entities through reimbursable agreements.
- Most services and activities provided by the International Trade Administration (ITA)