Government Shuts Down Websites People Need, As Obamacare Sites — Not Shut Down — Simply Don’t Work

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To make the controversial government shutdown affect the American public in ways that probably weren’t necessary, several Federal agencies were advised by the White House to either shut websites down completely or display static homepages with disclaimers that information would not be updated.

Meanwhile, websites for the newly opened Obamacare exchange remained open—they just don’t work.

The following websites have been shut down by the government:

  • nasa.gov: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.”
  • loc.gov: “Due to the temporary shutdown of the federal government, the Library of Congress is closed to the public and researchers beginning October 1, 2013 until further notice. All public events are cancelled and web sites are inaccessible except the legislative information sites THOMAS.gov and beta.congress.gov.”
  • archives.gov: “We are unable to blog, post to Facebook, or tweet during the Federal Government shutdown. (This does not apply to the Federal Records Centers.)”
  • ftc.gov: “Unfortunately, the Federal Trade Commission is closed due to the government shutdown.”
  • nps.gov: “Because of the federal government shutdown, all national parks are closed and National Park Service webpages are not operating. For more information, go to www.doi.gov.”
  • usda.gov: “Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.”
  • census.gov: “Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.”
  • trade.gov: “Due to the lapse in government funding, the International Trade Administration website you are trying to reach will be unavailable until appropriations are enacted. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.”

And these sites are operating at partial capacity:

  • nsa.gov: “Due to the Government Shutdown, this site is not being updated.”
  • sec.gov: “SEC Operating Status: The SEC will remain open and operational in the event the federal government undergoes a lapse in appropriations on October 1. Any changes to the SEC’s operational status after October 1 will be announced on this website. The SEC’s current operational plan in the event of an SEC shutdown is available here.”
  • fbi.gov
  • cia.gov
  • aoc.gov: “Due to a lapse in government funding, this website is not currently being updated.”
  • arctic.gov           
  • atf.gov
  • usgs.gov             
  • usbg.gov: “Due to a lapse in government funding, the U.S. Botanic Garden is closed until further notice. All programs, events and tours are cancelled while the garden is closed. Information about reopening will be posted here when available.”
  • doi.gov                
  • bop.gov              
  • bls.gov: “This website is currently not being updated due to the suspension of Federal government services. The last update to the site was Monday, September 30. During the shutdown period BLS will not collect data, issue reports, or respond to public inquiries. Updates to the site will start again when the Federal government resumes operations. Revised schedules will be issued as they become available.”
  • cdc.gov: “Due to the lapse in government funding, only web sites supporting excepted functions will be updated unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”
  • cbo.gov               
  • consumerfinance.gov   
  • fema.gov: “NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, portions of this website may not be updated and some non-disaster assistance transactions submitted via the website may not be processed or responded to until after appropriations are enacted.”
  • fec.gov                
  • fdic.gov               
  • federalreserve.gov        
  • gsa.gov: “As a result of a temporary government shutdown, GSA.gov is not being updated at this time. More information on GSA’s shutdown procedures is available.”
  • oge.gov               
  • gpo.gov: “The Federal Government is shut down due to a funding lapse. Consequently, gpo.gov will not be updating information for the public until funding is restored. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
  • bia.gov                
  • bjs.gov                
  • mmc.gov: “The Administration does not want a lapse in appropriations to occur and has expressed its willingness to work with Congress to avert such a lapse. However, prudent management requires that agencies be prepared for that possibility. To that end, the Marine Mammal Commission has prepared a shutdown plan to be implemented in the event of a lapse in appropriations. Please click here [PDF] to view the Commission’s plan.”
  • nigc.gov: “The NIGC is open and normal operating procedures are in effect. Due to the government shutdown, mail service is suspended at NIGC offices. Please contact the region offices directly with any time sensitive matters.”
  • nhtsa.gov           
  • nist.gov               
  • noaa.gov: “Due to the Federal Government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated web sites are unavailable. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown.”
  • nrc.gov                
  • nwtrb.gov          
  • osc.gov: “If the federal government shuts down as of October 1, 2013, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel will cease most of its operations for the duration of the shutdown. The processing of most complaints will be suspended, and all filing and processing deadlines will be extended by the number of days the government shuts down.”
  • occ.gov                
  • ofr.gov                
  • peacecorps.gov               
  • prc.gov: “Because of a lapse in appropriations, the Commission is currently closed and will reopen when funding has been approved. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
  • rferl.org              
  • rfa.org
  • bbg.gov: “U.S. international media activities under the BBG that are deemed ‘foreign relations essential to national security,’ such as news programming and distribution, are excepted from the shutdown and will continue.”
  • sba.gov: “Due to the lapse in government funding, only websites supporting excepted functions will be available unless otherwise funded. As a result, the information on this website may not be up to date, the transactions submitted via the website may not be processed, and the agency may not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”
  • supremecourt.gov         
  • sss.gov: “Due to a lapse in appropriations, Selective Service System (SSS) operations are currently shut down. Please note that any information on this website may not be up to date, any transactions submitted via this website might not be processed until after appropriations are enacted, and the agency will not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted.”
  • secretservice.gov: “NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on September 30, 2013 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date.”
  • cfa.gov: “In the event that the shutdown lasts for an extended period, the Commission of Fine Arts staff will notify the public on this website about the status of the next meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts, currently scheduled for Thursday, October 17. We will be unable to resume operations, including notification about the schedule of meetings, until funding is appropriated by Congress for the new fiscal year.”
  • uspto.gov           

If you tried to sign up for Obamacare today on one of the exchange sites the White House didn’t order shut down in its temper tantrum, you likely saw something that looks like this:

Or this:

obamacare

And had an experience like this:

In other words: </government>.

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  • gpersonet

    SHAME ON YOU REPUBS. YES, ALL THOSE CONGRESSMEN WHO HAD A PART IN SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE THROWN OUT OF OFFICE in the next election FOR SURE.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      BUT IT WAS DIRTY HARRY…THE DICTATOR IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE REST OF THE USELESS MARXIST SOCIALIST D****RATS WHO SHUT THE GOVERNMENT DOWN…

      • smilee

        Your such a big joke, don’t know up from down

        • Grizzlyh

          You are so full of Crap you don’t know Which end is Up !!!!

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            AMAZING HOW LIBERALS MOUTHS CAN KEEP FLAPPING SO LONG….WITHOUT A OPERATING BRAIN ATTACHED…LOL…

          • smilee

            Do you all feel better now that you all have vented your stupidity???

          • TheSotSays

            I don’t know should we? You’re the expert here..

          • smilee

            I do not give a dam if you do or not so do what you want.Thanks for acknowledging my expertise.That was nice of you.

          • TheSotSays

            Not at all my fine woman. When I see first class venting of stupidity such as you’re capable of, I demand that it be recognized..

        • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

          smile…Open your eyes…If they are not so FOGGED OVER WITH LIBERAL BULLS**T…And use you Brain…That is if you are not BRAIN DEAD from all the Liberal Marxist Socialist PROPAGANDA… That is put out by the Dictator in the White House and the rest of his REGIME…Along with Dirty Harry and the rest of the D****RATS in Congress…And their CO-CONSPIRATORS in the LAME STREAM MAFIA MEDIA….

          • smilee

            Coming from you the perfect idiot I’ll regard your statements as a compliment!! If you said anything nice it would really shockme

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            smile….TAKE YOUR LIBERAL BULLS**T TO A SITE WHERE THEY LIKE IT…

          • smilee

            Maybe I like making you eat my Bulls**t, a little truth never hurt anyone!!!!

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            smile…TYPICAL LIBERAL…ALL MOUTH …NO BRAINS…

          • JustTheFacts

            figures…. only a severely damaged individual could possibly spew BS, call it the truth, and then go ahead and admit that their BS is BS but it’s the truth. Sorry numbnuts, but you can’t have it both ways….

          • TheSotSays

            Burp!!!! Oh dear, excuse me.

            It wasn’t bad but it tastes a little effeminate.

          • Gib74

            A little truth never does hurt.

            Too bad the liebrals don’t have any.

    • Gib74

      Keep repeating the same lies over and over and over and over and over and over and over and MAYBE someone might believe them.

      Or not…

      Probably not…

    • Anita Cranfield

      It is not the GOPs fault –its Hairy Reid and obummer

      • smilee

        If you you were held hostage of course that would be your fault according to you

    • Robert Messmer

      And that still doesn’t address the problems with the governments wonderful ACA sites that weren’t working. This train wreck is 3 years (?) old as fas as being passed and they still don’t have a working website? Please, please, please remember this the next time some jackass talks about allowing people to vote online.

      • John Cherish

        You would think after 3 years they would have a working website but even if only 1 year they still couldn’t get a single website up and running and they haven’t even tested its security this is a sure sign for the hackers to come and get our personal data if and when they get it running

      • smilee

        Your making a mountain out of a mole hill, to soon for a conclusion of that type, they have been running the similar type of site for medicare for years and it works great now it to had glitches in the beginning but they got passed that and now it is terrific and I’m sure these sites will in the end be too. I think you might be the jackass here.

        • JustTheFacts

          If you’re foolish enough to believe that Obamacare will actually do anything other than epically fail, then you’re not in possession of enough of a brain to justify further participation in this debate. It was DESIGNED TO FAIL, so that the libtards could impose a single-payer system instead, via the usual “never let a crisis go to waste” methodology…

          • smilee

            You have to quit listening to the tea baggers lies, Single payer would be a great improvement as most countries have now proven and many with better outcomes than ours and all at much less cost, ours is the most expensive in the world and that is why the teabagger do not want single payer as their rich corporate friends WOULD LOSE ALL THEIR EASY PROFITS. AS long as their profits are more important than health care itself we will have these outrages costs. Oblinamacare is a step in the right direction as the Mayo Clinic has repeatedly said.

          • Gib74

            Why do the Canadians who can aford to come to America for treatment if theirs is so ‘great’?

            Why did the great ‘free’ healthcare in Germany almost kill my roomate’s girlfriend when she went to them for treatment after they let her in after seven months when I was stationed there?

            I REALLY do not want military docs my entire life, but the truely sad thing is how those same doctors using a tm (TechnicalManual) to treat patients stand head and shoulders above what we’ll have under 0bamacare.

          • smilee

            That is the exception not the rule, why do so many from the US go to Canada and there are a lot more of them going there than coming here. People without insurance pour up there as out of pocket it is much cheaper they and they say the quality is great.

    • liz

      Wow, how many buses are you furnishing this time?

      Wake up, It was Harry Reid and O’Bama that caused the shut down, O’Bama and Reid have NEVER compromised on anything, up until now the Republicans have rolled over. That is part of the problem, they are use to getting their way.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    DEATH CARE…IS A GIGANTIC ERROR MESSAGE…

  • Gib74

    Our patience is exhausted with the gimp-in-chief.

    0bama is an absolute failure on WAY too many levels…

    • smilee

      The nice part is you can do nothing about it.

      • Gib74

        Wrong still hero.

        There is a LOT that can be done.

        Educate others, expose the inept doings of the ‘present’, write newspapers, TV stations, write the representatives, join protests – look at how well the ‘million muslime march’ worked out for the three actual muslims who were there and the twelve newscrew.

        Only the liberals are the truely powerless ones who need to have everything taken care of for them from the day you’re born till the day you vote ‘d’ forever…

        • smilee

          Work your butt off but you will sweat for nothing and nothing will become of it.

          • Gib74

            Is that your excuse for work?

          • smilee

            You make no sense, i guess that is normal for you.

  • GRAMPA

    Those sites were not down just SNAFU.
    Grampa

  • hugo

    gpersonet: The “repubs” offered two bills that funded everything that the Dems asked for except Obamacare. The dems went home (didn’t even stay on the job, much less discuss these offers) on Sunday and rejected them without discussion on Monday. So how is this the “repubs” fault?

    • liz

      It is always the Repubs fault, the Dems never accept responsibility and the President is never home. O’Bama has already stated it isn’t his fault!

    • smilee

      Because they were so stupid as to demand the repeal of the funding of a law that had already been funded, then they folded on that and said we will shut it down if we cannot delay it for a year then we will embrace it and all that without any reason stated for waiting. Such childish shenanigans should be ignored. When the GOP brings the adults to the table the democrats will be there. Polls of independents show only 1 in 5 support them, they are the swing voters

  • TexasfedupGramma

    Like everything else this muslim pig president does….a total failure ! Can’t wait for midterm elections to get rid of these liberal democrat scums.

    • smilee

      What you going to say if you get more of them which may happen with the stupidity the GOP is exhibiting in this shut down.

  • John Cherish

    I get the please wait message to log in have been getting that message for over an hour. It just doesn’t work the website is locked up it says that it’s because they have too many people trying to log in. I think they haven’t fixed the security issues if this is any indication of government setting up websites for anything makes you wonder how Obamacare will work (NOT) when they can’t even do a simple website with a database

    • smilee

      Anytime a site gets overloaded that happens and it happens all the time on the web. Medicare site works great and this will to as they have been doing for almost twenty years now.and know how but under estimated that so many people would be so interested so early. Your trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill as startups always have glitches and nothing that happened today is any real cause for concern.

    • Gib74

      So what’s going to cost you more?

      Getting fined for not paying for zerocare?

      Or the identity theft that is going to destroy people??

  • simpleman56

    gprsonet, I hope never get Cancer, under Oarce, Cancer will two names that the AMA has come with, one is cancer the some four letter word to ensure they do not get treated fast, so lumps that are small will turn into full blown Cancer, if you did not believe it, just get on the AMA,s web site if they have not hid it already, it seems millions feel for the out right lies told by those wroth bill & those who passed it with out reading it! I wish they would shut off all gov jobs in DC, the IRS, EPA, school systems & aid to other nations, why? because it would expose all the crooks sucking the life from this Republic!
    Ocare was meant for one reason, a single payer system, it has failed world wide & will break this nation & that is good thing, the sooner the better were the CONSTITUTION will be restored & the thieves jailed! Not most likely to happen soon, but they will pay in some way, GOD awaits their fates!

    • Gib74

      … Not jailed.

  • Karma

    You guys must be so disappointed, just imagine on the very 1st day, almost 3 million people tried to sign up. Kind of proved you guys wrong, doesn’t it? No wonder why you guys are trying to defund it. you guys are trying to make sure don’t get hooked on it. lol

  • Robert Wood

    THIS SITE IS CLOSED DO TO LAC of funding!@#$%^&*()_+

  • rbrooks

    all of the sites here are working great. people are already signing up.

    the gop has been well played. as their lies are now being exposed.

    the uninsured are the only ones that will see any real change.

    medicare recipients can keep whatever they have.

    if you already have private insurance, you will not see much, if any, impact.

    this is hilarious. you guys are your own worst enemy.

    • William McClure

      loyal kool- aid drinker

      • rbrooks

        there is no doubt you and your buddies are loyal kool aid drinkers.

        you lack the facts to back up all of your propaganda.

        • William McClure

          And you lack the facts to back up yours.

          • rbrooks

            your propaganda.
            you will have to change your insurance.
            your premiums will increase drastically.
            this will affect everyone that has insurance.
            you will no longer be able to choose medicare/medicaid.
            you can not keep your current insurance.

            your cost for medicare will double or triple.
            no one wants this health care.
            your premiums have already doubled or tripled.

            and so on.

            so far, your propaganda has all been proven wrong.

            do you have any facts at all?

          • smilee

            What do you suppose they are so afraid of, they lied and lied then Obama won reelection which they were so sure he would not,thus making sure the plan will be implemented and when it is people will see and know what is in it and just like Pelosi said and they will like it squashing the GOP plans and in the process the people will learn that the GOP was actually lying and they fear getting the boot. Things are looking up!!

          • rbrooks

            the gop has no other choice than to try and stop the health care.

            their problem is going to be what to do with all of those that sign up.

            they currently have a problem with the independent voters. they are not very happy that the gop lied to them.

            the gop has been out played.

            again.

          • Gib74

            FACTS?

            When has a liberal ever been concerned with a ‘fact’?

    • ibn insha

      Can you tell me who’s money is buying the insurance for the uninsured?

      • rbrooks

        yes. the very same folks that are now paying the entire medical bill when the uninsured receive treatment. under this plan, i no longer have to pay the entire bill you run up and are unable to pay. i only have to help subsidize the premium payment.

        • smilee

          Your now subsidizing it by paying whole bill straight to the providers for those that need medical attention, from now on will be subsidizing their insurance premium which they never had before same thing just a better way of doing it.

      • smilee

        Ours just like we have been doing for years just in a different way now but a better way than before as time will prove and we can could do better if the GOP would not try to destroy any way to do it. They only want to destroy it and the GOV as they do not believe in government

  • pnwdave

    This looks like a GREAT start to me!
    In a regular business, with 5 years to plan, prepare and implement a rollout of obamacare, don’t you think it would have been handled far, far better by a private company? But, like everything else beuracracy touches, this is screwed up as well. Doesn’t it just send tingles up your leg when you wonder ow the entire system will work if it ever gets put into action? Yeah, just like every other plan the government touches! SNAFU!
    Thank you to ALL the republicans for standing on the courage of their convictions!

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Does anyone remember the IRS…when the installed their 8 Billion Dollar Computer System that did not work….and if it had worked it was already OBSOLETE…

  • IBCAMN

    why don’t the sites actually tell the truth and say”obama threw another temper tantrum and he closed this site!”or”due to obama’s,my way or the hi-way attitude,this sites is shut down”,things like that instead of what they got on them?!people may actually go to them just to see!

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    If you must talk to a Liberal…TELL HIM WHAT HE DOES NOT WANT TO HEAR…AND WATCH HIS HEAD EXPLODE…SINCE ALL THAT LIBERALS HAVE TO WORK WITH…. IS EMOTIONS….

  • rbrooks

    millions of americans are signing up for health care.

    the only ones throwing tantrums are the few that oppose it.

  • ibn insha

    My heart wanted to cry when I saw people on TV expressing their frustration over not being able to visit zoos and national monuments due to government shut down. GIVE ME A BREAK. Zoos and monuments do not make a nation. The character of the people make a nation. With people like these we are doomed. As a matter of fact majority of the Americans won’t even know that Federal Government has shut down yet people were commenting on TV how the shut down is going to hurt economy. Idiots spreading their idiocy around.

    And what Republicans are going to do about it? Are they going to tell the public how Democrats and the President are intentionally making the shut down of government painful for people to incite dislike about Republicans by even shutting down the websites? I bet they won’t. They are chicken. They are all talk and no action. Republican’s propaganda machine is not even half as good as Democrat’s. Republicans deserve the treatment they get from public. Public is stupid but at least educate public before complaining about your opponents.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    smilee….BLAH…BLAH…BHAH…BORING…

  • rbrooks

    as more folks are furloughed by the shut down, more folks will be blaming the gop.

    that is simply hilarious.

    • Gib74

      And the more being willing to join the lynch-mobs when they learn the truth of how the liberals have caused it, same as last time.

      I’d find a dark hiding place other than mom’s basement for what will come. = ]

      • rbrooks

        same as last time????

  • Arthur Anderson

    Not sure if my comment was already posted, but heres a current list of offline sites, and a mirror for each. http://www.statelocalgov.net/offline-government-sites.php