But don't fret.
The NICAR database library provides access to dozens of government databases at a time when federal agencies across the world wide web are telling you to talk to the hand: "Due to the lapse in federal government funding, this website is not available," they said. "We sincerely regret this inconvenience."
In partnership with the Reynolds Journalism Institute, IRE offers free Census data to browse or download at census.ire.org. You can also visit the Census Reporter website for more Census-related information.
NICAR maintains an array of federal datasets to keep you warm during the shutdown. Check out these favorites:
The Donald W. Reynolds Center for Business Journalism also compiled a list of alternative data sources (included NICAR data), available here. Information portals still available include EDGAR, PACER and FRED.
Looks like you haven't made a choice yet.