Both political parties in the U.S. congress are currently at odds over the approval of next years budget, and if a compromise isn’t reached we could see the government officially shut down next week.
That means we’d be denied access to all the really useful things provided by the government, which apparently includes the official websites of many federal organizations, such as the Library of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Park Service, and several others.
“In the event of a temporary shutdown of the federal government, beginning Tuesday, October 1, all Library of Congress buildings will close to the public and researchers. All public events will be cancelled and websites will be inaccessible,” the Library of Congress said in an advisory statement on its website today.
In terms of resources, it doesn’t take much to keep a website running. However, the LOC has noted that several of the services offered on its own site require employees to facilitate them, according to a statement it gave to ArsTechnica. My guess is that the organization doesn’t want to confuse people who try to use these services and become frustrated when they don’t get the expected results — nor would they have anyone to contact those people to explain the situation.
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