Editor’s note: The Department of Justice restored the Amber Alert website late this morning after fierce criticism.
The obvious randomness of programs picked to be shutdown by the U.S. government can be explained by the dysfunctional way in which government activities are directly funded.
Congress might strike the final vote on what programs proposed by the President will get funded by taxpayer money, but a series of activities funded by fees collected from companies are shielded from getting Congress approval. Thus, functions such as FDA’s inspection of new pharmaceutical hasn’t been affected by the shutdown while the National Institute oh Health is forced to delay any new clinical trials.
User fees maintain the Andrews Air Force Base golf course open, which is where President Obama does a lot of his golfing, but commissaries are closed and the Base Family Child Care is partially closed.
What has also been shutdown is the Amber Alert.
The message displayed when you type amberalert.gov in your browser is clear. It says that the lapse in federal funding has affected the Office of Justice Programs, causing the Child Abduction Alert System’s website to be closed down.
The Blaze noted that while First Lady Michelle Obama’s website remains open, the website of the system that consists of a partnership between state or highway police organizations and broadcasters to issue alerts concerning child abductions has been shut down.