First time in 17 years: Contingency plans go into effect, and federal websites go dark...
Washington, DC - The federal government went into shutdown immediately after midnight on Monday after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on funding the government. Several federal websites instantly went dark, including the
website for the Department of Agriculture, the largest federal agency. Above, the notice posted on USDA's website reads "Due to the lapse in fedeal government funding, this website is not available. We sincerely regret the inconvenience."
Minutes before midnight on Monday, the Office of Management and Budget issued a memo
to the heads of executive departments and agencies, directing them to
"execute their plans for an orderly shutdown of the Federal government." Those plans are now in effect.
Shutdown contingency plans for all federal agencies are posted on this webpage at WhiteHouse.gov. The shutdown documents for all agencies in the USDA are posted here.
The last time the federal government was in shutdown was in 1996, during President Bill Clinton's Administration.