Shuttering of the government (or parts of the government) following appropriations lapses has become an increasingly common phenomenon in recent years. Funding lapses interrupt the usual predictability of government operations, which is often to the detriment of both agencies and federal contractors that are left in proverbial limbo with stop work orders.
Unfortunately, unlike many other topics, the FAR does not substantively address procedures for contractors during or following a government shutdown. As such, recovering expenses incurred as a consequence of government shutdowns can be challenging.
Here are some pointers.
With a potential government shutdown looming, this week’s top news stories focus on the effects that a shutdown may have on government contractors. But the shutdown isn’t the only government contracting news out there. This week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review also includes stories on the government’s new minimum wage and sick leave policies, among others.
Halloween is almost here and government contracting is (mostly) returning to normal following the shutdown.
In this week’s SmallGovCon Week in Review, the Washington Post discusses three major small business IDIQs on tap for early 2014, Set-Aside Alert examines the possibility of a second shutdown, Federal News Radio has a piece on the prevalence of “low price” acquisitions, and much more.
As the shutdown marches on, many contractors are beginning to feel the effects, in the form of suspension notices, unanswered calls to agency officials, and concerns about delays in processing payments, claims, protests, and more.
In this week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review, more on the effects of the shutdown on small contractors, as well as some “non-shutdown” news and commentary you may have missed.
The shutdown dominated government contracts headlines this week, and rightfully so.
This week’s SmallGovCon Week In Review features plenty of shutdown coverage, including several pieces focusing on small businesses. But the week’s government contracts news and commentary also included a welcome drop in wait times for VA SDVOSB applications, Guy Timberlake’s insights on government spending through procurement vehicles versus standalone contracts, and more.