Government Contracting: Tips for Surviving the Shutdown [CIRAS]

Several businesses within the Clinton Region leverage the power of Government Contracting to expand into new markets. The CRDC continues to work with Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research & Service (CIRAS) to promote new business opportunities – fostering the growth and expansion of our existing businesses.

The article below was published on January 14th, 2019.
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Written by Leah Barton
PTAC Program Manager

The partial government shutdown passed into record-setting territory in terms of length. The CIRAS PTAC staff knows that this likely is causing some elevated blood pressure among clients which existing government contracts, and we’d like to do what we can to help.

So how worried should you be?

At a minimum, it would be reasonable to expect that you’ll face payment delays since many of the people who process invoices at government agencies simply aren’t there right now.The answer, of course, is that it varies. Depending on the circumstances, current government contractors might see everything from business as usual to an order that they stop work on contracts involving the affected government agencies (including Agriculture, Treasury, Transportation, Homeland Security, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, State, and Interior).

In an effort to provide as much information as possible, we’d like to suggest that you take a look at this Small GovCon blog, which gives a nice overview of issues related to contractors recouping their costs from shutdowns.

On the other end of the spectrum, our PTAC colleagues at Georgia Tech have put together a number of shutdown-related tips, including this article suggesting that you continue to bid on open contracts even if there’s no one there to read what you submit.

We hope this helps. As always, if you have any other questions, PTAC government contracting specialists are standing by to help you in any way that we can.


For more information on Government Contracting assistance within the Clinton Region, please contact Melissa M. Burant. Melissa serves both Clinton and Scott County.

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Melissa M. Burant Government Contracting Specialist CIRAS

Melissa M. Burant

Government Contracting

563-726-9958

1225 E River Dr, #322Davenport, IA  52803