The federal government reopened the AMBER Alert website following outrage that the federal government had shuttered the site in a bit of political theater surrounding the government shutdown.
“Due to the lapse in federal finding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable,” the AMBER Alert website stated before being turned back on.
DOJ said that the Amber Alert system itself was operational, and that its website was only “informational, not the law enforcement tool.”
Federal agencies have taken down numerous websites, though many of those, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s homepage, have remained online solely to inform visitors that they are inactive.
Other federal homepages have remained fully operational. The website for the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign, for instance, remains active, as does a U.S. Postal Service website that provides information on stamp collecting.