Update #2 10pm PST 10/2/13 : Our friends over at the Sunlight Foundation have an interesting post, “What Happens to .gov in a Shutdown?” They explained the .gov shutdown matrix:
…drawn on an agency-by-agency basis, and the specific determination is based on the importance of the function and how illegal ceasing to do it might be. But aside from some obvious ones–national parks would be closed; the CO2 scrubber on the International Space Station would stay plugged in–it’ll be agency leadership that makes the determinations.
(and love the unix joke!)
UPDATE #1 3pm PST 10/2/13: Arstechnica, checked 56 .gov sites and found 10 that went dark. See “Shutdown of US government websites appears bafflingly arbitrary.”
A bunch of federal websites will shut down with the government, By Andrea Peterson, Washington Post, Published: September 30 at 5:28 pm.
Also: The Government Printing Office (GPO) reports: ” GPO will not be updating gpo.gov, FDLP.gov, the Catalog of Government Publications, Ben’s Guide, or be responding to askGPO questions until funding is restored. The Laurel warehouse will be closed so there will be no shipments to depository libraries.
Congressional materials will continue to be processed and posted to FDsys. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that protect life and property. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated and will resume after funding is restored.”
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Quandl has a ton of data from 20+ US government departments and agencies — archived, accurate, available, and always free despite the shutdown: http://www.quandl.com/help/sources#US+Bureaus+and+Agencies