63253115 story Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded 162 Posted by Unknown Lamer on Thursday July 31, 2014 @05:54PM from the maintenance-considered-harmful dept. linuxwrangler (582055) writes Job interviews missed, work and wedding plans disrupted, children unable to fly home with their adoptive parents. All this disruption is due to a outage involving the passport and visa processing database at the U.S. State Department. The problems have been ongoing since July 19 and the best estimate for repair is "soon." The system "crashed shortly after maintenance."