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Small Business Tips for Surviving the Federal Shutdown from Set-Aside Alert

     Hold on to your seat!

     If you, like us, hold a federal contract, we are in a difficult time! It looks like it will at least be Thursday before a resolution, and maybe longer. What's that mean to you?

  • A stop-work order from your CO?
  • Inability to reach your CO?
  • Outstanding invoices not being paid?
  • Barred from accessing your customer's facility?
  • Loss of billable hours/expenses?
  • Cancelled deliveries of products?
  • Necessity for you to furlough key employees, even those not doing federal contract work?

     The last significant federal shutdown, in October 2013, lasted 13 days. Are you prepared to survive that kind of loss of revenue?

     Not all agencies are affected. Contracts with DoD agencies, HHS and some of the other big spenders should not be affected.

     Contracts with DHS, Justice, Transportation, State and Commerce are somewhat affected.

     But USDA, Treasury, Interior, EPA, HUD and others, including many smaller regulatory agencies, are at serious risk. Close to 400,000 federal civilian workers could be locked out of their worksites - almost 25% of civilian employees.

     Right after the 2013 shutdown, we published the following advice to contractors....more ...

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