I'm a seaman in the Gulf of Mexico, I upgraded my license end of last year, I was told there were the long delays due to the government shutdown. Once the government got back up and running the USCG was still not operating for another week or so. So they were out for about a month. Can you imagine the backlogged forms and documentation they had when they started that first Monday morning!? They haven't caught up but they did do something smart. They aren't taking calls on Fridays so they can just do paperwork. Makes sense so they won't be interrupted during filing.
Thought I would share my information I was told/know..