How Will a Government Shutdown Affect Contracts?

How Will Government Shutdown Affect Contractors?If you’ve checked the news lately, you’ll see there’s a huge buzz about a government shutdown seeming eminent.  Everyone likely has questions, but contractors whose livelihood depends on payments from the Federal government are certain to be the most on edge in this time of uncertainty.

While we don’t have definitive answers, here’s the basic breakdown.  During a “‘shutdown” the government will cease funding to what it considers “nonessential” services.  So any contract which is meant to maintain the health and safety of the American people will generally not lose funding.  Also, contracts which have already received their funding prior to the shutdown should not be affected.

Is a contract you’re working on affected by the shutdown?  Prime contractors should have already been contacted by the Contracting Officer at the agency which awarded the contract concerning whether funding will continue in the event of a shutdown.  If you have not been contacted, we’d recommend giving them a call to find out if they will stop work on the contract until funding is resumed.

For more information or to find out how the shutdown is affecting other around the nation, check these links out:

Huffington Post – Government Shutdown 2013

Nixon Peabody Article from March

Government Shutdown Effect on Construction Contracts

Gawker Article:  How Government Shutdown is Affecting Contractors and Other Federal Employees

New Government-formatted Website Package Designed for Procurement Smart Phones and Tablets

GOV KINEXPresident Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” So does our government’s program to better equip our federal workers whether it is in manufacturing, construction or technology. This past week, the Pentagon announced that the Department of Defense would now issue government approved iPhones and iPads to military and staff. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has allowed the iOS 6 operating system due to it efficiency and reliability. According to the DISA, they have created a division called the Defense’s Mobility Device Management System. This system will be used to manage applications and cyber-security. The DISA intends to support about 100,000 mobile devices from multiple vendors.

US Federal Contractor Registration’s website development operation Gov Kinex has developed a new government-formatted website package that works hand and hand with this new policy. This website package will help vendors reach federal buyer’s smart phones and tablets for procurement opportunities. Gov Kinex’s innovative government-formatted website package is created to bypass government firewalls and spyware due to its specialized design features. Best of all, every Gov Kinex website is mobile ready for iPhone and iPad compatibility. This will make it so every government contractor can reach procurement officers on any available operating platform whether it is iOS or Android. This allows any business to market themselves directly to federal buyers.

The DISA exclaimed that Apple devices were a vital step towards creating a multi-vendors environment, which would allow the government to choose from a number of available mobile devices. Mark Orndorff, DISA Information Assurance Executive stated, “All of these pieces must be in place to allow secure use of commercial mobile devices on department networks.”Eric Knellinger, President of US Federal Contractor Registration and Creator of the Gov Kinex Division quoted, “Every business including ours must stay on top of the times, especially when it comes to technology. The new changes the government is implementing are extremely exciting to us. This will lead to an abundance of government contracts for contractors who stay up-to-date with advances in technology. We have invested millions of dollars in this new technology that allows contractors to connect with federal buyers. It is imperative that not just small businesses but all businesses that want to stay ahead of the curve have a government-formatted website.”

 

FEMA Funding Bill Passed by House Today

FEMA Disaster Relief BillAfter a lengthy standoff between Democrats and Republicans, a bipartisan agreement on disaster relief funding appears to have been reached, avoiding a partial government shutdown.  The bill will approve funding through October 4th and will be followed by a more comprehensive funding bill to maintain funding through November 18th.

The spending proposals will send an additional $2.65 billion in disaster relief funds to FEMA.  An unusually high number of natural disasters this year, including Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm LEE, the Joplin tornadoes and other natural disasters, lead to FEMA depleting all its funds sooner than anticipated.

Both bills were passed by the Senate Monday night, the first by a 79 – 12 vote and the second by voice vote.

The disaster relief bill was passed by the House today and is on its way to President Obama’s desk.  Since the House is in a one week recess, the vote will be conducted through “unanimous consent”.  This allows only a handful of representatives to approve a bill, barring any filed objections.

Failure to reach an agreement could have left FEMA no choice but to cease all disaster response activities.  This would have meant not only ending current relief efforts but would also have left the agency powerless to respond to any future emergencies.

Once signed by the President, the new disaster relief funding would become available Saturday.

Contractors interested FEMA contracts should complete the form below to receive information on what contracts are currently available and how to submit a bid for those contracts.

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