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Government Information Shut-down

The government shut-down means reduced or no access to government information and data. Websites such as and are not being updated. There is no access to The Government Printing Office’s FDSYS site is updating only Congressional materials and “documents necessary to safeguard human life, protect property, or provide other emergency services consistent with the performance of functions and services exempted under the Antideficiency Act.”

On September 30th, the Office of the Federal Register published a notice entitled “Publication Procedures for Federal Register Documents during a Funding Hiatus,” 78 FR 59974 (Sept. 30, 2013), summarized in the blog post “What happens if the Government shuts down?” What happens is that the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), including the e-CFR, will not be updated, nor will the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. After today’s Federal Register, which was complete as of last Friday except for final review, the Federal Register will contain only documents “necessary for the protection of life and property.” In regard to exempt functions and services, the Office of Federal Register notice references a August 16, 1995 Office of Legal Counsel memorandum, “Government Operations in the Event of a Lapse in Appropriations.”

The Pew Fact Tank story, “Federal government shutdown: The data casualties” discusses the impact of the shut-down on data from agencies. The story begins with a screen shot of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) website showing a special notice stating that the agency would not be collecting data or issuing reports during the shut-down.* The data impacted likely includes the Census Bureau’s monthly report on construction spending and its August factory orders, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ August metro-area unemployment figures, and its job-openings and layoffs report. Other effected data producers include the Bureau of Economic Analysis, The Economic Research Service, and National Center for Education Statistics.

The Library of Congress is closed and its website replaced with this notice:


 Library of Congress

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 and



* The BLS notice directs users to the Office of Personnel Management website for more information. The Office of Personnel Management website states it may not be update due to the lapse in appropriations.


Text of additional website notices about the impact of the shut-down:

Federal Register

Due to an appropriations lapse, the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) is not updating this site. OFR is publishing documents in the daily Federal Register that are directly related to the performance of governmental functions necessary to address imminent threats to the safety of human life or protection of property. You can view those documents on FDSys.

You can read more about OFR services in our blog post.

Due to the government shutdown, information on this website may not be up to date. You can still submit comments to agencies using during the shutdown. (redirects to

Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience.

For information about available government services, visit