Anyone surfing the web today, looking for websites maintained by the federal government may find a message stating that the site is unavailable or no longer contains current information due to the government shutdown.
Other websites are still being maintained because the information on the site is necessary to protect life and property.
Fortunately, for people who live in areas that could be threatened by tropical weather and hurricanes, the National Hurricane Center website is still operational. The National Weather Service website also is up and running. NOAA.gov is not available.
“Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, the information on this web site may not be up to date. Some submissions may not be processed, and we may not be able to respond to your inquiries.”
Information about services provided by the federal government still available can be found at USA.gov, another site that is still operational. According to the website, the following services will continue.
• Social Security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks.
• The U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail.
• Active military will continue serving.
• Air traffic controllers, prison guards and border patrol agents will remain on the job.
• NASA Mission Control will continue supporting astronauts serving on the Space Station.
However, the following services and operations will not be available until Congress passes a budget. Officials said this list does not include every service or operation that may not be available.
• Vital services that ensure seniors and young children have access to healthy food and meals may not have sufficient Federal funds to serve all beneficiaries in an extended lapse.
• Call centers, hotlines and regional offices that help veterans understand their benefits will close to the public.
• Veterans’ compensation, pension, education and other benefits could be cut off in the case of an extended shutdown.
• America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, are closed.
• New applications for small business loans and loan guarantees will be immediately halted.
• Research into life-threatening diseases and other areas will stop and new patients won’t be accepted into clinical trials at the National Institutes of Health.
• Work to protect consumers, ranging from child product safety to financial security to the safety of hazardous waste facilities, will cease. The EPA will halt non-essential inspections of chemical facilities and drinking water systems.
• Permits and reviews for planned energy and transportations projects will stop, preventing companies from working on these projects.
• Loans to rural communities have been halted.
• Hundreds of thousands of Federal employees including many charged with protecting us from terrorist threats, defending our borders, inspecting our food, and keeping our skies safe will work without pay until the shutdown ends.
• Hundreds of thousands of additional Federal workers have been indefinitely furloughed without pay.