Access to Government Publications and Websites
The Pew Research Center has a great write up on which agencies are (Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureaus of Justice Statistics and Bureau of Transportation Statistics) and are not (CDC, Federal Reserve, Bureau of Labor Statistics) victims of the government shut down and how the shutdown will effect and has already had an impact on government publications and website updates. Read about it here.
Also due to the shutdown, TLS certificates for government websites are not being renewed and so several websites are not being updated. NASA, the DOJ, the Court of Appeals, and others are affected. Read more on ZDNet.
Federalregister.gov is not being supported and the e-CFR is not being updated. The Office of Federal Register’s website states: “During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds are not available from GPO, FederalRegister.gov will not be updated, so please use the official edition of the Federal Register on Govinfo (https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/fr). If there is a technical issue with the Public Inspection List, you can view the documents on public inspection at our office in Washington, DC or on archives.gov.”
A recently updated CRS Report, Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes Processes and Effects, addresses questions that arise frequently related to the topic of government shutdowns. However, the report does not closely track developments related to the appropriations process for a given fiscal year.
Government Shutdown affects FOIA too: The Department of the Interior is not accepting FOIA requests during the shutdown. When trying to submit a request through the department’s website, the message “No FOIA requests can be accepted or processed at this time” appears. Read more about it The Hill.
Compiled by the AALL Government Relations Committee. Updated January 15, 2019.