The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) continues to operate a limited service as the US government shutdown persists.
A holding statement on the TTB website says that while applications – including those for label approval – can still be filed, no personnel will be available to process them. The TTB also warned that website information may not be up to date.
The statement reads: “TTB has directed employees NOT to report to work and they are prohibited by federal law from volunteering their services during a lapse in appropriations. Once funding has been restored and the government shutdown is over, we will work to restore regular service as soon as possible.”
The shutdown, over budget spending, started on 22 December after the opposing Democrats resisted US President Donald Trump’s call for US$5bn to fund a wall between the US and Mexico. The shutdown has also affected national parks, housing services and the Internal Revenue Service.