This link will help answer some of your questions...It's not completely clear but does tell what's going to work and whats not going to work during the shut down...Hope it helps:
I actually had my hearing on 9/18. According to my attorney it was a "grand slam". But I'm afraid that this shut down will cause me to have to wait a lot longer because in that link I provided, it says while they'll still have hearings (but not schedule anymore during the shut down so if you have a date or already had your hearing your OK) and they'll still make decisions it says that they won't have decision writers working. IDK if the judges write their own decisions but I hope they do and if not, that my decision has made it under the wire and just hasn't gotten here yet. Even if I get it though, I'm betting that it won't be any time soon before I get an award letter. The link was unclear to me as to if that aspect of the process will be crippled as a result of the shutdown. I hope not but I'm getting pretty used to let downs in this process....Even when my attorney told me the hearing was a grand slam I told him I had my doubts and that so far, anything that could go wrong has in fact gone wrong which is why I just chuckled when I heard about
the shut down....Just chuckled and mumbled....Figured.
Post Edited (DontDoRny) : 10/4/2013 7:32:29 AM (GMT-6)