"Due to the current lapse of federal funding, the Department of Energy's website is accessible, but may not be updated until Congress authorizes funds for Fiscal Year 2014," read DOE Website today. But the Department's 13,800 employees are still reporting to work during the government shutdown.

According to Information Week, what happens to Energy Department and other federal employees if Congress is unable to quickly resolve the budget impasse -- and whether they will be reimbursed for the time they worked during the government's shutdown -- remains to be seen.

According to the Lapse of Appropriation Plan, most of the DOE's appropriations are multi-year or no-year, so "for the immediate future, [we expect] DOE employees to continue to report for work as scheduled."

Also under the plan, the department will "continue performance of contracts and financial assistance instruments in accordance with their terms, including any provisions about limitations of funding." However, the DOE "may need to review" the status of its contracts, depending upon the length of the lapse of the appropriations, according to the plan. Only in cases where the suspension of a contract would "imminently threaten the safety of human life or the protection of property" would contractors be permitted to continue their work....(Information Week)