The US Government is undergoing a partial shutdown, beginning October 1st, 2013. This is expected to impact astronomical capabilities. The shutdown’s effects will likely increase as time goes on. The American Astronomical Society blog details some of those effects.
We do not anticipate any direct consequences for the operations of The Astronomer’s Telegram. ATel is run in Canada, and is funded independently. It is operated on commercial servers. With the exception of disruption to internet operations — which would impact far more than astronomy — we do not envision any impact of any speculated effects of the shutdown on Astronomer’s Telegram operations.
We hope the shutdown is short, and look forward to our professional colleagues being able to return to our shared work.