Finally after long last, a decision is in the works to overturn the government shutdown. The deal that the Senate will reach in order to reopen the government will start with budget negotiations and limitations. According to CNN, the mission of Congress will be to keep available government funding until January 15th and raise the debt ceiling until February 7th in an effort to avoid a default. Jay Carney, White House press secretary stated, “The president applauds Leader Reid and Minority Leader McConnell for working together to forge this compromise and encourages the Congress to act swiftly to end this shutdown and protect the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”
Full details on the lift of the government shutdown agreement have not yet been released and anticipate another day or two at the most finalize components. Even in the mist of the government shutdown coming to a halt, contractors continue to bid on available contracts and awards. Currently to date, there are more than 29,200 active federal opportunities on FedBizOpps (FBO). This showed that even with the harsh effects of the government shutdown, contractors continue to have plenty of opportunities to win government contracts in the federal marketplace.
Agencies have still managed to put out solicitations and available contracts. Approximately 456 new government contracts made their way to the bid floor on FedBizOpps. In fact in the past 14 days, 6,178 contracts have become readily available for bidding on FedBizOpps. This is clear proof showing the government shutdown has a limited effect on government buying. These contracts can only be bid on if your business is properly registered in System for Award Management (SAM)and approved by the federal government to start bidding.