Oct. 1 was an interesting day on social media sites and the Web in general. As the U.S. federal government shut down, agencies posted sometimes sad messages of their departure, like this one:
Those agencies are reopening their doors Thursday morning after President Obama signed a bill around midnight restoring their funding. The deal forged in the Senate restores funding to federal agencies only until mid-January, but some agencies’ tweets and website posts this morning have been downright jubilant.
Here’s NASA again:
The U.S. Geological Survey, which was more or less out of commission when a large earthquake hit the Philippines
, kept its return message short and sweet:
As did Yosemite National Park:
USA.gov was exceptionally cheery:
The Smithsonian National Zoo announced it’ll reopen tomorrow with an enhtusiastic message on its website: “The National Zoo will open to the public tomorrow, Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. We can’t wait to see you and will meet you at our front gate!”
Some agencies opted simply to remove messages saying they were closed. For example, the NSA’s website
doesn’t have anything about the shutdown’s end. During the shutdown, the site had this message across the top, in big, red letters: “Due to the government shutdown, this site is not being updated.”
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The IRS opted to post a public message to employees on its website. In layman’s terms, it says for them to get to work.
The federal government is now open and IRS employees are expected to report to work no later than four hours after the start of their tour of duty that begins at 6 a.m. or later local time on Oct. 17. If the four-hour period falls outside of your established tour of duty or you have less than four hours remaining in your tour, you should report to work at the beginning of your next scheduled workday.
That reads a little like a 1040 form, no?