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Despite Government Shutdown, Federal Communications Commission Will Remain Open

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WASHINGTON, January 22, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission will remain open despite the current government shutdown because the agency has enough funding available to function through Friday, January 26, FCC Managing Director Mark Stephens said in an email to employees which was obtained by

"Employees therefore should report to work as scheduled on Monday, January 22," Stephens wrote. "We will keep you updated on any chances to our operating status beyond January 26."

Funding for the federal government expired at midnight Friday when Congress failed to agree on a funding bill to keep the government running. The Trump Administration has sought to mitigate the effects of the government shutdown by allowing agencies to use any available funding to stay open as long as possible.

(Photo of Federal Communications Commission by the FCC used with permission.)

Andrew Feinberg rejoined as Managing Editor in late 2016 after working as a staff writer at The Hill and as a freelance writer. He worked at from its founding in 2008 to 2010, first as Reporter and then as Deputy Editor. In addition to covering the White House for Russia's Sputnik News - and from which he publicly departed - he has covered tech and telecommunications policy in Congress and at federal agencies for Communications Daily, FastCompany.TV, Mashable and Washington Business Journal.

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