The SEC issued a statement on April 7, 2011, explaining that in the event that the federal government shuts down, the SEC will have only an extremely limited number of staff members available to respond to emergency situations involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, including law enforcement. Although the SEC's EDGAR system will remain fully functional, the Divisions of Corporation Finance, Investment Management, and Trading and Markets, and the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations will be unable to process filings, provide interpretive advice, issue no-action letters or conduct any other normal activities. As a result, new or pending registration statements or applications for exemptive relief will not be processed regardless of the status of any review of those filings.

http://www.sec.gov/about/2011_fed_shutdown.htm