The Amber Alert website was reportedly closed due to the government shutdown. But, DOJ spokesman Brian Fallon assures the public that the system itself was never suspended - just the "informational DOJ site."
And, Fallon says that now even the "information DOJ site has been restored." He also noted that the DOJ "offers information about the system, but alerts get issued by the states/counties."
Fallon's first tweet denied the system had been shut down:
AmberAlert system is not down. At least 2 alerts happened over wkd. DOJ site offers info abt system but alerts get issued by states/counties— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 7, 2013
An hour later, Fallon tweeted that the "informational" site was back up - conceding it had once been down, as media had reported:
At no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 7, 2013
So, it's safe to say that the system responsible for the reporting of missing children is functional - but, did the government have to mess with any aspect of it in the first place? Even if it was only the part the public goes to for information.
As the government shutdown approaches its seventh day, the vindictiveness of the Obama administration has been widely documented. From the Park Police putting barricades in the parking lot of the privately-funded Mount Vernon to the cones preventing onlookers from pulling over to view Mount Rushmore, the administration seems determined to maximize the shutdown's effect on Americans. It even blocked World War II vets from paying their respects at their own memorial.