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Category Archive: Government Information

Shutdown Over: Federal Government Sites Available

The federal government shutdown, which began on October 1, is over. Yesterday, the House and Senate passed the Continuing Appropriation Act, 2014 which was signed into law by President Obama. This legislation funds the government through January 15, 2014 and extends the debt limit to February 7, 2014.

With the federal government re-opened, all government websites should now be available. This includes popular sites used by students and faculty, such as the Census Bureau, USA Trade Online,, and many more.


UPDATE: Federal Government Shutdown: Websites Unavailable

Updated: October 4, 2013 at 4:23pm CDT

Due to the federal government shutdown, many U.S. government websites are unavailable or will not be updated with new information.

The following websites are inaccessible:

Accessing Archived Versions of Government Websites
You can search “archived” versions of some government websites by using the “Wayback Machine.” More information is provided in this post:

Legislative information websites will continue to be updated and accessible. This includes:

Some Websites Available, But Not Updated
Other websites will remain available, but they will not be updated with new information. Although not an exhaustive list, the following websites may not be updated with new information:

In addition, the U.S. Dept. of Defense website is available, with limited updates. The U.S. Dept. of State website is available and appears to be updated as of this writing. The U.S. Dept. of the Treasury website is available and portions of its website will continue to be updated.

For more information on the status of government services, please consult:


Online Tax Forms

The deadline for taxes – April 15 – is less than two months away. If you are looking for tax forms, consult the following websites:

Federal: Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms and Publications

State: Wisconsin Department of Revenue Tax Publications

The library no longer receives tax forms in paper format.