More Steps to Prepare if the Government Does Shutdown

Contracting officers hold the key to surviving the government shutdown

Can your business continue working on your federal contract if the government shuts down?  That depends.

Source: Washington Technology, Article written by Nick Wakeman, published September 22, 2015

The clock is ticking, so now is the time for contractors to prepare for a government shutdown at midnight Sept. 30.

One of the biggest questions is whether a contractor can continue to work if Congress fails to pass a budget or continuing resolutions before Oct. 1.

The answer to that question is not a simple “yes” or “no” because no single answer will fit all customers, and the right answer today for one customer may not the right answer for the same customer a week from now, said John Cooney, an attorney with the Venable law firm. He was speaking at a Professional Services Council event on contractor implications of a government shutdown.

Cooney was in the Carter administration and helped write the rules that govern shutdowns. The Office of Management and Budget rules came out just before Carter left office in January 1981. The rules have been adjusted since then but essentially are the same.  MORE….

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Working without contracting office approval may not be wise.  Contact your nearest PTAC for help with business needs.

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