I'm really trying to muster up some excitement over the potential shutdown of the US government, but I can't. It may seem obvious, but the closure of the US government will have no effect whatsoever on the electronics supply chain.
I'm not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Here's what I gather from reading about the potential shutdown: All the bad stuff, like income tax deadlines, will stay the same. The IRS does not take a holiday. A lot of government employees will be out of work, and, potentially, they won't be reimbursed for the time they are furloughed.
All the good stuff, like national parks, will be shut down. There won't be anyone around to tell you what you are looking at.
Air Traffic Control, the US Post Office, and the Federal Reserve will all continue with business as usual. No supply chain disruptions here.
One of the reasons why most things will continue to operate as usual is technology. The Social Security system, for example, automatically cuts and sends out checks. As imperfect as it is, Air Traffic Control has a lot of technology backing it up. And you can file your personal income tax forms electronically, and the system will either send you money or take your money away.
I'm not sure what happens to any purchase orders the government has for technology upgrades and equipment. This is one potential downside for the supply chain. But for the most part, a government with a budget that exceeds the GDP of most nations on earth shuts down, and nobody notices.
I guess that qualifies as a bad thing.