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Delays will set in if shutdown doesn't lift by Friday, officials say.
Effort to reduce fraud in disaster aid programs could present new opportunities for criminals.
Situation is similar to holidays and weekends, when IT staffs operate with skeleton crews.
Soldiers tapped and trained in five hours to replace furloughed civilians.
Some defense and law enforcement IT operations will continue amid shutdown.
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Current scenario differs from past government closings given rise in outsourcing.
System failed during shooting, following complaints dating back to 2009.