Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Last week, as a shutdown of the federal government seemed imminent, the General Services Administration (GSA) issued this order clarifying the ramifications of such a shutdown for government contractors. In short, they get stiffed.
Under the Anti-Deficiency Act, which dates back to 1884, prohibits agency officials from incurring obligations in the absence of appropriations. As a result, a shutdown would have the following consequences:
- The 1500 federally-owned buildings and 8000 leased buildings which the GSA maintains will operate in "weekend mode," enabling tenant agencies to provide essential services;
- GSA will provide workspace, products and services ordered before the shutdown based on continuing need, but with certain exceptions, it will not process new orders;
- GSA will not make payments for products or services not funded before the funding lapse;
- GSA will not maintain or update websites, except on an emergency basis; and
- No animals will be harmed in the making of this political circus