Let’s put the politics of the 2013 government shutdown aside and look at the practical questions. Like the government employees that are affected, contractors want to know if they should come to work. And if they do come to work, will they get paid? Will the options be exercised? Will their contract be terminated for convenience? Since contracting officers and their representatives are unavailable during the shutdown, where do they find the answers?

Here are some federal government resources that address many of the most frequently asked questions:

We discuss the impact of the shutdown and contractor strategies for addressing it in a series of entries available here. As to the ultimate question of whether contractors are entitled to payment for their work despite a funding shortfal, the Supreme Court’s decision in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter, No. 11-551 (U.S. June 18, 2012) is worth a read.

October 10, 2013 Update: