I’m ripping these notes directly from this morning’s e-mails on the BICR Section listserv…
As you likely are aware, if Congress does not agree on a temporary spending bill (a “continuing resolution”) by midnight tonight, the federal government will shut down. The judiciary has sufficient funds to continue operating at last fiscal year’s budget levels for approximately ten (10) business days after September 30. If Congress still has not passed a continuing resolution by the expiration of that ten-day period, the judiciary,too, will be forced to shut down. If things come to that, only “essential personnel” will be allowed to come to work, and those individuals will not be paid until Congress passes a continuing resolution or a final budget. This means that, while the courts will remain open during a shut-down,services likely will be severely reduced.
– Hon. Pamela Pepper, Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Sheboygan and Green Bay Section 341 hearings for October 3 remain on the calendar regardless of what the Congress does or does not do. The Chapter 13 Trustee office is not a government entity. The Green Bay hearings are in the City Hall, a municipal facility–not a federal facility affected by a federal shutdown. The Sheboygan hearings are in the Sheboygan County Courthouse, a county facility–not a federal facility affected by a federal shutdown. We should have an update on the Milwaukee Chapter 13 Section 341 hearings for October 4 by tomorrow. In Milwaukee, this non-governmental entity relies on a federal facility for the hearing site.
– Thomas J. King, Chapter 13 Trustee
Assuming there is a shutdown, it is my current belief we will be able to continue 341 meetings as scheduled in E.D. and W.D. of Wisconsin for at least 10 days. Our ability to hold 341 meetings in federal buildings will depend upon whether they remain reopen or not. In the event that one or more federal buildings close, I will post the contingency plan on this list-serve. So stay tuned.
With respect to the UST Offices, a shutdown will reduce both E.D. and W.D. UST offices to skeleton staffs. It is unlikely we will be able to offer much, if any, assistance to practitioners or the public. The main focus of those who remain will be to cover and reschedule work-in-process.
– David Asbach, Assistant U.S. Trustee