Politico: “The website used by the public to comment on proposed federal regulations has gone dark, but the agency that runs it says it’s not due to the government shutdown, despite what a message on the website said. The site, regulations.gov, this morning showed only a message that it is “not operational due to a lapse in funding, and will remain unavailable for the duration of the government shutdown.” The EPA, which runs the site, however, said in a statement that the message was posted in error.
“The language from the banner on the active page was inadvertently used to describe the regulations.gov outage,” an EPA spokesperson said. “It is currently being revised to reflect that we are actively working to restore the website following a technical glitch.” The website is a key part of the federal rulemaking process, as it’s where the public is able to comment on regulations proposed by the administration, including major rules pitched by the Trump administration on campus sexual assault, the use of drones and taxes. It was operational until at least Wednesday evening.”