USA.gov’s Government Shutdown web site provides summaries of what services are affected by the shutdown and a link to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s government operations status page.
Currently, the U.S. EPA and U.S. DOE’s web sites are available, but with a notice that they will not be updated until government operations resume. The ENERGY STAR web site is still up, but online tools and applications and the ENERGY STAR hotline will be unavailable until the government reopens.
USDA’s web site is currently unavailable, as are those for the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. The last three agencies are all part of the U.S. Department of Interior and their web sites are now redirecting to the main DOI web page, which includes a notice similar to DOE’s regarding the shutdown.
The White House has agency contingency plans posted for agencies across the federal government. This is the place to look if you want detailed information for a particular agency.
The Pew Research Center offers a list of government data and statistics sites that have been shuttered. A post on Disruptive Perspective details the problems the shutdown poses for geospatial professionals.
If you need something from a government web site that is currently not available, you may be able to retrieve the content using The Wayback Machine. This post on the Internet Archive blog includes links to pages archived by the Wayback Machine.
UPDATE FROM OSTI: In light of the uncertainties regarding government operations, we wanted to let you know that the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) will continue to make available OSTI databases, search tools and web pages, including SciTech Connect and Science Accelerator. Should the situation change, OSTI will put out another announcement prior to any of our products being unavailable for any period of time.
UPDATE VIA THE NOAA WEB SITE: Due to the Federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. Only web sites necessary to protect lives and property will be maintained. See Weather.gov for critical weather information or contact USA.gov for more information about the shutdown. NOAA Federal Employees: For access to the Notice to Federal Employees About Unemployment Insurance (SF-8), please Click Here.
UPDATE VIA THE CENSUS BUREAU WEB SITE: Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at <usa.gov>.Websites affected by this shutdown are all census.gov hosted websites, including:
- American Factfinder
- Public API
- FTP Servers
- Online Surveys
- Federal Statistical Organization websites: FCSM, FedStats and MapStats
UPDATE FROM EBSCO RE. THE ERIC DATABASE: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is making the government database ERIC available during the government shutdown. ERIC, the Education Resource Information Center, is typically available through the government website (http://eric.ed.gov/) as well as via EBSCO’s EBSCOhost® research platform. Because of the shutdown the government website is unavailable so EBSCO has decided to temporarily open its version of ERIC and make it available at: http://www.ebsco.com/freeERIC .
UPDATE FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS: The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials, including the US Census website. To that end, Oxford University Press and the Social Explorer team will open up access to Social Explorer – the premier US Census demographics website – for the next two weeks. Social Explorer offers users Census data from 1790 to 2010 and American Community Survey data from 2005 to 2012. For access to Social Explorer, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a username and password.