Following up on yesterday's client alert, Government shutdown ends; SEC and CFTC may resume normal operations, late on the afternoon of Monday, January 28, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo issued a statement in which he announced that the CFTC has resumed operations and "enthusiastically welcomed back hundreds of employees to our offices in Washington, Kansas City, Chicago and New York."

Chairman Giancarlo's statement also noted that the CFTC will be updating the public and market participants over the coming days about the status of resumption of various agency activities, including the publication of market data.

Again, it is important to remember that Congress' continuing resolution provides funding for government operations only until February 15, after which another government shutdown is possible. That would result in the SEC and CFTC being required to once again limit their operations to those permitted under the Antideficiency Act.