WASHINGTON — The federal government shutdown will leave some agencies overseeing the bond market mostly operational in the near-term, but the municipal advisor rule’s implementation will be delayed and Build America Bond subsidy payments might be temporarily halted.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and core Treasury Department offices will largely continue to function in the absence of congressionally-approved funding. The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, a self-regulator, is not covered by the shutdown. However, the Internal Revenue Service is operating on a skeleton crew focused mainly on upholding tax laws, with only 9.3% of the agency’s roughly 94,500 employees exempt from furlough, according to agency documents. The tax-exempt bond office appears to be closed.