Averted Government Shutdown Spared Millions of Computers Users, Too

Vice President of Business Consulting Matt Smith is interviewed by USA Today

That huge sigh of relief you may be hearing nationwide is coming from operators of federal government-related websites, many of which would have gone dark with a shutdown. (An interim deal was hashed out late Friday.)


Had the government been shuttered by a budget impasse, many of the U.S. government's thousands of websites that serve millions of Americans would have gone dark, incapacitating everything from automated payments to processing visas for travel.

The financial impact potentially could have been in the hundreds of millions of dollars, underscoring the government's keen emphasis on e-government to run basic operations, say industry experts.

"The government is as engaged and interested in the Internet as corporations, when it comes to consumer relations, branding, e-commerce," says Matt Smith, vice president of business consulting at Blue Fountain Media, a Web design and development firm. He says at least 18 government agencies have Facebook pages.

Read more on usatoday.com

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