While perhaps not critical to the protection of life and property, the economic stimulus-tracking website Recovery.gov is exempt from the government shutdown. The site, which will be updated later this month, is funded through 2009 Recovery Act appropriations -- not the annual agency appropriations that Congress is debating today. A media release from the site's overseer, the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Oversight Board, states:
In the event of a government shutdown, the Recovery Board will continue its regular operations because the agency is funded from an appropriation that continues to remain available until September 30, 2011. The government shutdown will not affect the ongoing recipient reporting for the first quarter of 2011, which is scheduled to continue until April 14. Data from those recipient reports will be posted on Recovery.gov on April 30.
Aliya Sternstein reports on cybersecurity and homeland security systems. She’s covered technology for more than a decade at such publications as National Journal's Technology Daily, Federal Computer Week and Forbes. Before joining Government Executive, Sternstein covered agriculture and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on C-SPAN, MSNBC, WAMU and Federal News Radio. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.