The official website of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) http://www.usda.gov/fundinglapse.htm has been shutdown until further notice by the United Stated Government. It is not some kind of cyber attack but a step taken as a result of Government Shutdown.
At this time the website is showing a message, explaining the reason for taking the site down. The message is expressed in following words:
- Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret this inconvenience. After funding has been restored, please allow some time for this website to become available again.
To view more on U.S. Department of Agriculture Agency Contingency plans, click here.
In U.S. politics, a government shutdown is a situation in which the government stops providing all but “essential” services. Typically, federal services that continue despite a shutdown include the National Weather Service and its parent agencies, medical services at federal facilities, the postal service, armed forces, air traffic management, and corrections (the penal system). A government shutdown is similar to a lockout in the private sector.
A federal government shutdown causes a large number of civilian federal employees to be furloughed. Military personnel and essential employees are not furloughed, but may not be paid as scheduled.
At the time of publishing this article, the website of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was down.