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:
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.
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.
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