those panel meetings are funding by AMRN, so it won't be affected by the shutdown, which there is probably zero percent chance of happening. When a company applies for approvals, they pay a fee for exactly what you are afraid of happening, cancellation of panel meeting due to lack of funding.
I have seen panel meetings get cancelled/ and or delayed, and they are announed roughly 1 month b4 the meeting if my memory serves me correct. I think we are good on the Oct 16th date.
Maybe you should turn off the cartoons and turn on the news:
Agencies should plan for the possibility of a government shutdown, according to Sylvia Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, in a memo released Tuesday.
The current continuing resolution that authorizes agency spending expires at the end of September and Congress has failed to pass any spending legislation for the new fiscal year.
Burwell said the administration is working to make sure the government is funded and is willing to enact short-term legislation to allow Congress time to pass legislation for all of fiscal 2014.
“However, prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for the possibility of a lapse,” Burwell said.
She said that agency leaders should make sure that only “excepted” functions would continue to be performed in the event of a shutdown and agencies should review which employees would continue to work during a shutdown.
“Agencies should continue the process of updating their plans until further guidance is provided,” Burwell said.