"Government Shutdown 101" for federal contractors: How to survive it
Does your company participate in federal contracts? Whether they're the majority of your business or a relatively small share of your total project work, successfully enduring a shutdown in federal government activities requires preparation. This article explains how to do that.
- Meet with the project's contracting officer in advance to determine its status in the event of a shutdown.
- Review the contract to determine what shutdown-related costs are billable.
- Collect as much information about the project as possible.
- Remedy any payment concerns in advance.
- Request a time extension on the contract.
- In the event of a shutdown, unless otherwise ordered, show up to the site and document being turned away or that the site was inaccessible.
- Prepare to increase capacity to the project once the shutdown ends.
In 2013, after partisan squabbles around the Affordable Care Act, Congress failed to enact a spending bill, throwing the federal government into shutdown mode. As a result, more than 400,000 government workers were furloughed, and agencies deemed non-essential shuttered their windows for 16 days, CNBC reported... Read more at Shutdown.