The impacts of the US Congress’ impasse on passing legislation to fund government activities has stretched to the White House’s APIs and to APIs provided by US Federal Government agencies. US Government managed APIs are currently offline. It is a blow to the Federal Government’s emerging open data infrastructure.
A panel scheduled for Data Week in San Francisco on October 3 was to include James Sanders and Vidya Spandana from the White House and Sean Herron from the US Government were due to present as part of a panel entitled “Join forces with the White House: Open Data and Government as a Platform”. Joining forces just wasn’t possible, as the Federal Government shutdown meant the speakers couldn’t participate.
While a cancelled panel is one thing, the shutdown of government services may also impact on businesses that are relying on streaming Government agency data via APIs. White House API sites aimed at citizen participation – such as the We The People API that provides access to Federal petitions – currently displays a notice stating that the service is temporarily disabled.
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