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Obama administration: No Obamacare enrollment numbers until November at earliest, volume is problem on website

national lead

October 7th, 2013
01:32 PM ET

Obama administration: No Obamacare enrollment numbers until November at earliest, volume is problem on website

By CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper

The Obama administration is not planning on releasing enrollment numbers on Obamacare until November, senior administration officials said Monday, as they continued to insist that delays with the healthcare.gov website were entirely the result of high volume.

“We will release monthly data when it is available,” a senior administration official told CNN. “We have not given an exact date, but it will be after end of month and we will work with states to collect their data to have a good picture of what's happening across the country.”
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After bad press and confusion, Justice Department restores federal Amber Alert website

national lead

October 7th, 2013
11:10 AM ET

After bad press and confusion, Justice Department restores federal Amber Alert website

After being taken down, officially because of the government shutdown, the federal website dealing with alerts about abducted children – AmberAlert.gov – was restored Monday morning.

"The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.

The website for the Office of Justice Programs, which hosts Amber Alert information, has been "shut down" due to funding issues, a senior Justice Department official told CNN.

The official told CNN that the website is informational only, detailing the department's role in providing training to states on how to have an Amber Alert system, and that the alerts themselves were not affected. Amber Alerts are issued jurisdictionally, by county or state, the official said, adding that the Amber Alert system, which consists largely of press notifications, highways signs, and tweets, is functional and not affected by the shutdown.

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