Wondering why Uranus spins backwards? Or how many moons Saturn has? Don’t ask NASA.
Looking for data on food and nutrition? Don’t turn to the USDA.
Want a map for your family’s next trip, or suggestions on what do in a local state park? Don’t turn to the U.S. Forest Service.
The politicking in Washington over ObamaCare led to a stalemate last week, the furloughing of thousands of workers suspension of key government services — a partial shutdown, or slimdown.
But several sites were completely taken offline (temporarily that even included the website for the Amber Alerts system) rather than updated with a simple banner noting that updates wouldn’t be coming. And critics are asking: Who’s to blame for the information-less age? The answer, it seems, is Washington itself.
“The [government] seems to require agencies to pull down ‘inessential’ public-facing content even when this requires spending more money than leaving it up would,” wrote Julian Sanchez, a research fellow with the CATO Institute.
In other words, take it down, even if it would have been cheaper to leave it up.
That guidance is made explicit in tongue-twisting government-speak in a policy memo issued Sept. 17 by Sylvia M. Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.
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