Homeland Security Procedures Relating to a Federal Funding Hiatus

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Procedures Relating to a Federal Funding Hiatus

 

We’ve received some calls from concerned clients asking about the status of CBP and the effects on the trade. We anticipate minimal impact on import operations at this time.

Any employee who conducts essential activities to the extent that they protect life and property, for example: Border patrol, air traffic control ,all emergency medical care, federal prisons, most law enforcement, emergency and disaster assistance, overseeing the banking system, operating the power grid, and guarding federal property will remain open.

Approximately14% of the 231,117 Department of Homeland Security employees will be sent home, with the exception of Border Patrol.

We have received a notice that “Due to the lapse of appropriations and the emergency furlough, all Client Representative offices are closed.” However for urgent technical issues we may contact the Technology Service Desk.

We have reached out to various US CBP ports and have been informed that no disruptions to service are anticipated as a result of the government shutdown. We will stay abreast of the situation and communicate any changes as necessary.

The White House released a document stating in part:

“Mission Critical Personnel. Those employees occupying positions and performing functions that must be maintained under all circumstances to ensure the safety and security of the Nation and its citizens. The critical nature of these positions is inherent in the position description (e.g., securing the Nation’s borders, protecting the Nation’s transportation system, etc.). These employees must report for duty regardless of the emergency or operating status. Employees whose work is critical to the ability of DHS to perform its national or homeland security mission.”

To read more about this:

http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs-lapse-contingency-plan-09-27-2013_0.pdf