Contractors bidding on federal contracts must take the leap of faith that they have accounted for all of the various elements that will affect the cost of their performance. But there’s no need to do so completely blind. Asking key questions of the procuring agency can help shed light on ambiguities in the contract documents.
Unless Congress takes action by March 4, 2011, most federal agencies will be required to cease operations, presenting significant challenges for contractors. Whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic about the prospects of a political solution that would avoid the looming government shutdown, preparing for it is a necessity. News reports on the issue are interesting, but they don’t do much in the way of developing a strategy for handling a shutdown. Here is a look at some of the key questions presented, with answers based on decisions that came out of the now infamous 1995 government shutdown.
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