Federal Trade Commission is Closed

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is closed as of midnight Friday, December 28, 2018, due to the lapse in government funding. Website information and social media properties will not be updated until the government re-opens. All FTC events are postponed until future notice. Some online services are available, and some are not. The status of online services is listed below.

The following services WILL NOT be available during the shutdown:

  • National Do Not Call Registry (For consumers)
  • National Do Not Call Registry (For telemarketers)
  • Consumer Sentinel Network (For law enforcement)
  • Complaint Assistant (For filing consumer complaints)
  • Identitytheft.gov (For consumers reporting ID theft)
  • Econsumer.gov (For consumers reporting international complaints)

The following services WILL be available during the shutdown under these conditions:

  • Premerger

    The Premerger Notification Office (PNO) and the DOJ’s Premerger Office will be OPEN during regular hours to receive HSR filings. The PNO will operate with a limited staff so will NOT answer email or telephone inquiries regarding HSR rules or filing procedures. In addition, Early Termination of waiting periods will NOT be granted during the shutdown.

  • Public Comment

    Public comments can be submitted, using the appropriate web form, through www.ftc.gov or www.regulations.gov, but the FTC will take no action on these comments until the government reopens.

  • E-Filing

    Individuals can submit documents to be filed, but the FTC will take no action until the government reopens.

  • FOIA

    FOIA requests may be filed, but they will not be processed until the government reopens.

  • Registered Identification Number (RN) Database

    The RN Database will be available but staff are not available to respond to queries.

What Should You Do?

Please keep an eye on your Personal Credit Report, Business Credit, Bank Statements,and other personal information. Ensure that your information is not being misused in anyway. Report any irregularities and get with a credit repair specialist for help removing those inaccuracies.