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What happens if the Government shuts down?

We know agencies have questions about our procedures and publication schedule if there is a government shutdown. We published a Federal Register notice, outlining those procedures on December 8, 2017(82 FR 58028). Here is a link to that document: We have just issued a Federal Register Bulletin with a template request letter for publishing documents during a shutdown, available on, at:

For more detailed information about what will and will not publish during a shutdown, please refer to our earlier post.

Miriam Vincent
Staff Attorney, Legal Affairs and Policy Division