Government Shutdown Hurts Product Safety and Security

According to a Commerce Department report released on October 11th, the federal government shutdown is stopping aircraft deliveries, preventing the inspection of potentially dangerous imported goods and hindering crash investigations.

Some of the services that have been affected by the shutdown include:

All of the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s port inspectors have been furloughed, preventing the agency from screening thousands of products, including children’s merchandise containing excessive lead and sleepwear that violates flammability standards.

Both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board has suspended most investigations of accidents on roads and railways and in the air.

Testing activities on the James Webb Space Telescope, a successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, have ceased because the National Aeronautics and Space Administration furloughed more than 17,000 employees. NASA has powered down a US-Japan weather research satellite due to ship in February.

Read more about services that are being affected due to the government shutdown.