Preparing for the Worst

The hot topic of late—for good reason—is the coronavirus (or COVID-19), and its incredible impact on people and the world’s economy. It’s inescapable, and turning on the evening news can be downright scary.

We’re all concerned with how to protect our loved ones from the impact of this outbreak. But for business owners—particularly small business owners—those concerns are compounded by the fear of potential economic hardships that are almost certain to come.

In this post, we’ll discuss suggestions as to how a federal government contractor might prepare for disruptions caused by the coronavirus (or other calamities).

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Realities of Cost Recovery in the Wake of the Federal Shutdown

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.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: September 21-25, 2015

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.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: Oct. 21-25, 2013

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.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: October 7-11, 2013

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.

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SmallGovCon Week In Review: Sept. 30 – Oct. 4, 2013

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.

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