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4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
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Laurianne
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Laurianne,
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10/2/2013 | 7:35:10 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Let's hear from the Panda Cam conspiracy theorists, here.
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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10/3/2013 | 12:39:21 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Well, I did see a panda on a street corner holding a "Will work for bamboo" sign.
WKash
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10/2/2013 | 9:39:32 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
Jonathan, I think you correctly captured some of the many realities different agencies are facing right now. We saw a tremendous move in the past few years to consolidate federal websites and services -- at one time, there were something like 24,000 independently managed federal web sites. That led many agencies to simply outsource their sites, often into the cloud, and saving a lot of money in the process. But as you say, the meter's running when that happens so contractually, its easy to see why even if agencies wanted to keep the lights on with their websites, they don't have the authority to pay for it.
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10/3/2013 | 4:39:26 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
And at some level, if your work is being devalued by your current management (politicians) why go out on a limb to keep things going? Federal IT employees are human, and when humans are being used as pinatas, they tend to do things like shut down panda cams.
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10/7/2013 | 5:30:49 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
The biggest argument against all 4 points above is the fact that the government doesn't pay for any of these utilities, services, or people by the day. Electricity is payed monthly, as are the employees (well, semi-monthly) and we all know the goverment doesn't make sure "funding" is available before committing to resources - if that were the case, there would be no national debt.
You present some nice points, but they all fall flat for one reason - time. In 7 days, there is absolutely no reason for any of these things to be shut down. Every one of the departments shut down could have stayed open until this "crisis" was resolved. Look at which departments and facilities were closed down and it's transparently obvious that these "shutdowns" were politically motivated. My point has been proven today by the fact that thousands of civilian employees went back to work today.
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WKash,
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10/7/2013 | 8:29:09 PM
re: 4 Apolitical Reasons Federal Websites Went Dark
It isn't so much the issue of funding per se, but the authority to operate. Agencies, even those where civilians went back to work, are technically still in shutdown mode except where expressly exempted. They are following laws and statutes that Congress enacted as best as I can tell.


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