What You’re Missing Today

posted at 11:45 am on October 1, 2013 by Mike Antonucci

The TV news has wall-to-wall coverage of what is affected by the shutdown of the federal government, but it’s far from comprehensive. Here are just a few of the federal agencies whose services we’ll have to manage without until Congress acts:

Broadcasting Board of Governors

Chief Human Capital Officers Council

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Foreign Agricultural Service

* Office of Fossil Energy

* Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office

Indian Arts and Crafts Board

* Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group

* Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries

* Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies

Marine Mammal Commission

* Office of Refugee Resettlement

* Office of the Pardon Attorney

* Railroad Retirement Board

* Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

* Tax Court

U.S. Arctic Research Commission

U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Weights and Measures Division

And a bit of good news amid the gloom: it appears the government will hang on to the Federal Helium Reserve a little while longer.

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Oh! The Horror!

IronDioPriest on October 1, 2013 at 11:47 AM

… and thank Father Son and Holy Ghost for the Helium Reserve!

IronDioPriest on October 1, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Office of the Pardon Attorney

One reason to keep the govt shut down for as long as possible.

nobar on October 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Indian Arts and Crafts Board?!!!

SERIOUSLY?!!!!!!!!!

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

To Gehenna with all of them.

Murphy9 on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

From Twitter:

Leo Shane III ‏@LeoShane 8m
Tons of applause as the WWII vets from Miss. storm their memorial. Park police on the way. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/31UGU7MRry

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Most of those could be closed forever and no one would notice or care.

HotAirian on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

* U.S. Board on Geographic Names

I think this one impacts Jeddite the most.

Jeddite on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I’m sorry. Why do we need a Foreign Agricultural Service? Who do they serve since they are “foreign”?

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Good Lord, the Helium reserve. Really? Gotta keep those Zeppelins flying. Otherwise, there will be a blimp gap (other than in New Jersey) and we can’t have that.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

The fact that 99% of Americans wouldn’t notice a government shutdown except for the news media having a collective cow should tell everyone government is too damn big.

DRayRaven on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

What department do the elevator button pushers fall under? Some dopey NBC correspondent – Kasie Hunt – has her panties in a bunch because the button pushers had to stay home today WITH NO PAY!

ctmom on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Local media is asking people to let them know how the government shutdown is affecting them…LOL.

d1carter on October 1, 2013 at 11:53 AM

“WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!

Or not.

trigon on October 1, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Not the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee! We are in a national nightmare over that one.

rbj on October 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Marine Mammal Commission being down is going to hit me pretty hard.

I had big plans to weaponize these sea otters of mine and now I can’t; damn you Ted Cruz!

Bishop on October 1, 2013 at 11:58 AM

What department do the elevator button pushers fall under? Some dopey NBC correspondent – Kasie Hunt – has her panties in a bunch because the button pushers had to stay home today WITH NO PAY!
ctmom on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Oh, you mean the Department of Efficient Elevatorial Reservation and Procurement, or DEERP (say with a stupid look on your face for the full effect).

Meric1837 on October 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Helium is not a renewable resource, so we should just let that go.

The Nerve on October 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

This is what is so terrifying for the liberals, -a shutdown happens and the people think, -okay that’s no big deal. It gets them introduced to the idea of cutting some of these useless bureaucracies.

To the liberals, that’s a dangerous concept. They want the people to think that every little apparatchik and office of the federal government is something you can’t live without.

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Indian Arts and Crafts Board?!!!

SERIOUSLY?!!!!!!!!!

UnderstandingisPower on October 1, 2013 at 11:49 AM

It balances The Cowboy Poetry Commission.

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

…who cares?

KOOLAID2 on October 1, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Yup the bodies are piing up out in the street…..

crosshugger on October 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I’m wondering if the Vice-Commissar For The Commissar Of The Commissariat of The People’s Functionary For The Disbursement Of Information Concerning The People’s Welfare Sub-Division For Healthcare Provision is at work today?

OhEssYouCowboys on October 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

slickwillie2001 on October 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The lib response to that is “Sure, then all those people would be on unemployment, how does that help? “

ctmom on October 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

The lib response to that is “Sure, then all those people would be on unemployment, how does that help? “

ctmom on October 1, 2013 at 12:08 PM

They become funemployed; able to pursue that old hobby they love, catch up on their reading, maybe travel somewhere exotic.

This was all the rage in the private sector once, surely it’s good enough for government workers.

Bishop on October 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

* Broadcasting Board of Governors = Chuck it…

* Chief Human Capital Officers Council = Chuck it…

* Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee = Oh Puhlease, Chuck it…

* Foreign Agricultural Service = What countries? Chuck it…

* Office of Fossil Energy = Chuck it, we got the EPA don’t we?

* Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Office = EPA handles that, chuck it…

* Indian Arts and Crafts Board = Non essential, chuck it…

* Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group = chuck it…

* Joint Board for the Enrollment of Actuaries = chuck it!

* Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies = chuck it…

* Marine Mammal Commission = Mammals are fine, chuck it…

* Office of Refugee Resettlement = Oh chuck it…!

* Office of the Pardon Attorney = chuck it …

* Railroad Retirement Board = chuck it…

* Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation = chuck it…

* Tax Court = Defund it…

* U.S. Arctic Research Commission =chuck it…

* U.S. Board on Geographic Names =chuck it…

* Weights and Measures Division = chuck it…

* Federal Helium Reserve = chuck it…

Scrumpy on October 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

While I’d agree that most of these programs seem pretty useless, things like NASA, the National Archives, and the National Parks Service are all shut down too, and anyone planning a vacation will definitely notice and complain about the National Parks being closed. Hopefully this is fixed quickly.

vegconservative on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Well, like a dozen lawyers at the bottom of a cliff, that’s a good start.

Hucklebuck on October 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I don’t want to live in a world without a Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Feeling like Chuck Heston in Planet of the Apes; WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?!?!?!

abobo on October 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

anyone planning a vacation will definitely notice and complain about the National Parks being closed. Hopefully this is fixed quickly.

vegconservative on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Boo hoo. Perhaps they can go visit a state park instead. Better yet, go to Vega$. That’s a better use of your money than anything these agencies do.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Feeling like Chuck Heston in Planet of the Apes; WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?!?!?!

abobo on October 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

It’s a madhouse!

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM

The only thing I miss is the Library of Congress. The website is down. It is not exactly life or death, and I suspect the shutdown is more histrionics than anything else. They could have kept the website up had they wanted to.

I’ll wait a couple of days.

No Truce With Kings on October 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Tons of applause as the WWII vets from Miss. storm their memorial. Park police on the way. #shutdown pic.twitter.com/31UGU7MRry

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on October 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Can’t wait to see the DC police respond in a calm, collected manner. I hope no one gets hurt. the cops might not like that so much.

todler on October 1, 2013 at 12:28 PM

While I’d agree that most of these programs seem pretty useless, things like NASA, the National Archives, and the National Parks Service are all shut down too, and anyone planning a vacation will definitely notice and complain about the National Parks being closed. Hopefully this is fixed quickly.

vegconservative on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The tourists can get over it.

joekenha on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Will the NSA be spying less on my email and will the IRS be auditing fewer Republicans?
If so, then bravo!!!

albill on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Good Lord, the Helium reserve. Really? Gotta keep those Zeppelins flying. Otherwise, there will be a blimp gap (other than in New Jersey) and we can’t have that.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Really, the major consumers of helium are hospitals. So, it IS kind of important. I think our people in Congress just renewed the funding for it this summer.

herm2416 on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Look, once you mess with the Indian Arts & Crafts Board, you’re messing with me! C’mon teabaggers, get it together… /

changer1701 on October 1, 2013 at 12:40 PM

http://energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

Is this the agency that administers vitamins to Congress?

davidk on October 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The Federal Helium Reserve is critical to the the very foundation of our country’s government. Without it we run the risk of our politicians running out of hot air!

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Good Lord, the Helium reserve. Really? Gotta keep those Zeppelins flying. Otherwise, there will be a blimp gap (other than in New Jersey) and we can’t have that.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Really, the major consumers of helium are hospitals. So, it IS kind of important. I think our people in Congress just renewed the funding for it this summer.

herm2416 on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Congress renewed funding for everything.

davidk on October 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

They could have kept the website up had they wanted to.

I’ll wait a couple of days.

No Truce With Kings on October 1, 2013 at 12:26 PM

They did. Unfortunately, it’s running on the same server as the health care exchange.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Really, the major consumers of helium are hospitals. So, it IS kind of important. I think our people in Congress just renewed the funding for it this summer.

herm2416 on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Yeah, but they can buy helium on the open market. That reserve was set up in 1925 to store helium for use in dirigibles.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

We’re also missing a picture to go with the story.

John the Libertarian on October 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

SHUT IT ALL DOWN!

GarandFan on October 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM

While I’d agree that most of these programs seem pretty useless, things like NASA, the National Archives, and the National Parks Service are all shut down too, and anyone planning a vacation will definitely notice and complain about the National Parks being closed. Hopefully this is fixed quickly.

vegconservative on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

The tourists can get over it.

joekenha on October 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM

They already have.

And there’s no one stopping you from hiking into a national park, either.

de rigueur on October 1, 2013 at 12:55 PM

What You’re Missing Today

A photo for the post?

Bmore on October 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Typical federal boondoggle:

The National Helium Reserve, also known as the Federal Helium Reserve, is a strategic reserve of the United States holding over 1 billion cubic meters (1E9 m3) of helium gas. The helium is stored at the Cliffside Storage Facility about 12 miles (19 km) northwest of Amarillo, Texas, in a natural geologic gas storage formation, the Bush Dome[1] reservoir. The reserve was established in 1925 as a strategic supply of gas for airships, and in the 1950s became an important source of coolant during the Space Race and Cold War.

The facilities were located close to the Hugoton and other natural gas fields in southwest Kansas and the panhandle of Oklahoma, plus the Panhandle Field in Texas.[2] The natural gas in these fields contains unusually high percentages of helium, from 0.3% to 2.7%; they constitute the largest source of helium in the United States. The helium is separated as a byproduct from the produced natural gas.

After the Helium Acts Amendments of 1960 (Public Law 86–777), the U.S. Bureau of Mines arranged for five private plants to recover helium from natural gas. For this helium conservation program, the Bureau built a 425-mile (684 km) pipeline from Bushton, Kansas, to connect those plants with the government’s partially depleted Cliffside gas field.[3] This helium-nitrogen mixture was injected and stored in the Cliffside gas field until needed, when it then was further purified.

By 1995, a billion cubic metres of the gas had been collected and the reserve was US$1.4 billion in debt, prompting the Congress of the United States in 1996 to phase out the reserve.[4][5] The resulting “Helium Privatization Act of 1996″ (Public Law 104–273) directed the United States Department of the Interior to start liquidating the reserve by 2005.[6]

By 2007, the federal government was reported as auctioning off the Amarillo Helium Plant. The National Helium Reserve itself was reported as “slowly being drawn down and sold to private industry.”[7] However by early 2011, the facility was still in government hands. In May of 2013, The House of Representatives voted to extend the life of the reserve under government control.[8]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Helium_Reserve

davidk on October 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

@FLOTUS
“Due to Congress’s failure to pass legislation to fund the government, updates to this account will be limited. #Shutdown”

heh.

whatcat on October 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

What about the Department of Circumlocution?

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on October 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Office of Fossil Energy

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Words fail me, which, I’ll tell you now, is a rare event,

ExpressoBold on October 1, 2013 at 1:10 PM

* U.S. Arctic Research Commission

Wild guess here: it’s still cold and icy today.

whatcat on October 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM

and the National Parks Service are all shut down too, and anyone planning a vacation will definitely notice and complain about the National Parks being closed.

vegconservative on October 1, 2013 at 12:15 PM

I live as a free man in a free country and am not beholden to anyone else to survive in the “wilderness”. I can camp just fine on my own, thanks.

Yeah, but they can buy helium on the open market. That reserve was set up in 1925 to store helium for use in dirigibles.

Kafir on October 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Actually, the problem with this thing is that it distorts the market in such a way that you can’t (at least without significant pain) simply shut it down. And helium is important in electronics and such nowadays. Not saying it shouldn’t be sold off and shut down, but it’s not something you can simply toss out and get more of it later.

GWB on October 1, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Don’t forget PandaCam!

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/national-zoo-panda-cam-dark-shutdown-20422458

BoxHead1 on October 1, 2013 at 1:38 PM

davidk on October 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Wonder if everyone that works there sounds like Donald Duck.

chewmeister on October 1, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Due to the shutdown of the Federal Government, the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board has ceased all operations until further notice.

http://www.mspb.gov/

slp on October 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

* Interagency Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group

Maybe we should keep this one up and running, send them to the Hill, and re-name them the “Intra-Congressional Alternative Dispute Resolution Working Group.”

EdmundBurke247 on October 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I see that the Office of Perpetual Abortion Assistance is not on the list. Nor is the Obama Phone Giveaway to Anybody That Wants One Program discontinued. Go figure.

HiJack on October 1, 2013 at 2:12 PM

* Tax Court = Defund it…

Scrumpy on October 1, 2013 at 12:12 PM

You sure? It’s one of the smallest federal agencies there is, and it’s the only venue that gives you a chance to challenge the IRS’s determination without first having to pay the disputed amount.

acasilaco on October 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

If they are non-essential, let’s get rid of them permanently.

TulsAmerican on October 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Sure make light airy remarks about the helium reserve.– Seriously, like everything else, if the price is right, suppliers will voluntarily appear and if their need is great enough, buyers will offer that price. The transition just requires a futures market so that price can be determined before irreversible business decisions get made based on bad price signals.

KW64 on October 1, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Office of Fossil Energy

Well now that the growth of ice suggests that global warming claims are overblown, it is no wonder that the administration considers this group to be non-essential.

KW64 on October 1, 2013 at 4:20 PM

1. Let’s set up web sites to collect complaints from people who miss/don’t miss these agencies.

2. If there aren’t enough complaints from people who miss these agencies to pay for these agencies (using their pro-rated tax contributions), let’s shutter these agencies forever.

Advantage is that we save a lot of time discussing what to cut during the next budget fight.

landlines on October 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Just send all the GOP home for 30 days and say you won’t come back until they agree to serious negotiations. Oh and the ante goes up each week.

If nothing by November 1st the new negotiation position is outright repeal while we still have insurance companies around. Plus tort reform, shopping across borders and elimination of any mandates on what’s in the policy.

The clock starts ticking now. Then go home.

Oboobi can’t even make recess appointments if the govt is shutdown.

This is what a republic looks like when the House exercises its power of the purse.

AH_C on October 1, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Not the “Joint Congressional Committee on inaugural Ceremonies” !!!!! Please say it isn’t so!!!

ptcamn on October 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Isn’t it funny how a shutdown government looks a lot like a Constitutional government?

Dandapani on October 2, 2013 at 7:13 AM