The Government Shutdown is over.
The IRS is processing 4506-T transcripts on a first come, first serve basis.
The USDA website is back online. They are working on conditional commitments so we should see those USDA loans start to move through the pipeline.
It could be a week or more before the backlog clears out.
10-22 UPDATE USDA does not have appropriated funds. This means they are issuing comments subject to the availability of funds.
Some investors are moving forward with closing fully anticipating funds availability. Others refuse to close without it.
So the USDA is processing commitments but will not issue loan guarantees until funds are available.