Here at Enigma, the current U.S. federal government shutdown is big news - we've been monitoring interruptions in access to public data since it began on October 1, 2013. Additionally, we are handling requests from journalists and civic media hackers for data that is no longer available - contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need access to a U.S. Government dataset that is currently inaccessible, and we'll try to track it down for you!
With no end in sight to the deadlock, we decided to dig into related data, analyze it, and try to demystify the situation. Here are the results - we've created a dashboard visualization explaining which workers are furloughed, how many wages have gone unpaid, and which government services are currently halted or at risk.
The central visualization deserves a bit of explanation - the size of the entire rectangle represents the total number of U.S. federal government employees. Each smaller rectangle contained within it represents the employees of a particular agency, allowing readers to understand the relative sizes of the different agencies. These agency rectangles are then split into red and shades of blue, representing the proportions of furloughed workers and furlough-exempt (still working) workers, respectively. Click on any agency to see details about its employees: