Priorities: Amber alert website down during shutdown, but they got funds to let government union reps get paid
The Obama administration quietly changed its furlough guidance Friday to allow government employees who are also union representatives to return to work and receive a regular paycheck during the government shutdown.
On the fifth day of the government shutdown the House unanimously passed a a bill approving back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers, a rare moment of bipartisan unity, even as House Republicans and Democrats continued their bitter budget standoff.
The vast majority of those workers do not serve as union representatives and will not receive a pay check as long as the government remains shuttered. But the Office of Personnel Management Friday opened the door for some of their co-workers, those who serve as union representatives, to return to work and get their regular paycheck. . . .UPDATE: "Justice restores Amber Alert Web page"
The Amber Alert Web page on the Justice Department's online site was restored late Monday morning after a report spread saying the government shutdown had closed the program itself.
"At no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored," tweeted Brian Fallon, director of the DOJ's public affairs office.
Numerous Web pages on federal agencies’ sites have either been shut down or haven’t been updated since the shutdown began Tuesday. Some agency websites don't show up at all.
A Justice Department page that explains the Amber Alert system had led to an error saying it was “not found."
“It’s all functioning,” Patti Davis, communications director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), said in an email to The Washington Post. “Only the DOJ (Department of Justice) Web site, which is informational, is down. The states run AMBER Alerts, and NCMEC does secondary alerts. Service has not been impacted.” . . . .
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