UPDATE, 10/7 — 11:50 a.m. ET:

The Department of Justice says they had to take an employee off furlough to re-open the website Monday morning, The Huffington Post reports.

UPDATE, 10/7 — 11:00 a.m. ET:

On Monday morning, service to AMBER Alert’s website was restored. It was not immediately clear when the website was put back online.

Here is how it looked Monday morning:

AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown

The AMBER Alert website was back online Monday morning. (Image source: amberalert.gov)

The official website of the AMBER Alert program has been taken offline, due to the federal government shutdown.

“Due to the lapse in federal funding, this Office of Justice Programs (OJP) website is unavailable,” a message greeting visitors now reads on the website.

AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown

(Image Source: AmberAlert.gov)

It was not immediately clear when the website was taken down. However, it should be noted that First Lady Michelle Obama’s website for her “Let’s Move” campaign is still up, running and fully functional.

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement and broadcasters that issues urgent bulletins following cases of child abductions.

Following the news, users on Twitter reacted:

Cruz stood 21 hours for freedom. Obama won't stand for missing children. #AmberAlert #shutdown
AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown
If George W. Bush shut down the Amber Alert system for a political stunt, there would be a 24/7 TV marathon of screaming fury.
AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown
@TheRickWilson
Rick Wilson
Really? Amber Alert website goes dark under government shutdown http://t.co/fo3swIVHUp
AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown
@michellemalkin
Michelle Malkin
Saving missing children: Non-essential, apparently. http://t.co/wIVuRB7FZw
AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown
@crousselle
Christine Rousselle

Probably not a super idea for the Administration to temporarily disable the Amber Alert system.
AMBER Alert Website Goes Offline Amid Government Shutdown
@JeffreyGoldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg

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