Contractors warned to prepare for shutdown

The president of Professional Services Council, which represents 400 services and information technology organizations that provide services to federal agencies, said contractors should now begin planning for a government shutdown, Government Executive reports.

According to the article, David Berteau — who served for 14 years at the Defense Department before becoming president of the PSC— on Aug. 14 encouraged industry experts to develop and maintain good relationships with civil servants now so that they can solicit information from them as the shutdown date of Oct. 1 draws near.

Agencies will be forced to shut their doors if Congress fails to pass a spending bill to set agency funding for fiscal 2018, and representatives from business contracting with government agencies gathered at PSC’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., to hear tips and advice for how they should prepare, the article notes.

Reader comments

Wed, Aug 16, 2017

With a Republican controlled House, Senate and a sitting Republican president, how does a shutdown make sense? This post is poppycock and rabble rousing.

Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Funny... Republicans control all three branches of the government and both houses of congress... and yet, they can't fund the government and contractors should prepare for a shutdown??? Either they can't govern or they won't govern. Either way is unacceptable.

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