Contracting officers hold the key to surviving the government shutdown

The clock is ticking, so now is the time for contractors to prepare for a government shutdown at midnight Sept. 30.

One of the biggest questions is whether a contractor can continue to work if Congress fails to pass a budget or continuing resolutions before Oct. 1.

The answer to that question is not a simple “yes” or “no” because no single answer will fit all customers, and the right answer today for one customer may not the right answer for the same customer a week from now, said John Cooney, an attorney with the Venable law firm. He was speaking at a Professional Services Council event on contractor implications of a government shutdown.

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