This post was originally published on Public Spend Forum.
As we mentioned in our piece earlier today, the government shutdown could have lasting effects on federal procurement and the federal supply chain. While the legislative branch duked it out on Monday, we got Alan Chvotkin, Executive Vice President and Counsel for the Professional Services Council—the trade association representing government professional and technical services—on the phone to talk about how its members were reacting what advice he could give them, and what the long-term ramifications may be.
Have you been hearing from contractors concerned about the shutdown?
Absolutely. They’re very concerned about it, both from an ongoing-work perspective, and from what it’s going to do to future opportunities. And they’re wondering if they’re even going to be getting paid for work that’s going to continue. There are a lot of risks.
What’s some advice you’re giving them?
It falls into a couple of areas. The first is to know whether any work you’re doing—all of the work that’s already been awarded—it’s important to know how that work is funded, whether it’s fully funded or incrementally funded. That will determine if the work can continue after October first. If it’s fully funded it can go ahead, except in those rare circumstances when ongoing work requires direct and continuing government supervision, but that’s a small part of the universe.
Read the rest of this interview here.