Government Shutdown Impacts on GSA
If you are a contractor that provides products and/or services to the Federal government through the General Services Administration (GSA), it is important to know how the shutdown impacted the GSA and ultimately your company. Since the Federal government was partially shutdown for 16 days, many government services and agencies were closed, suspended, or impacted in certain ways.
Until congressional leaders and the President reached an agreement on a resolution to reopen the government, a significant number of government services and agencies were affected by the shutdown. During any government shutdown, only governmental functions and employees deemed to be essential to government activity continue to operate. GSA is a non-appropriated agency and the Federal Supply Schedules (FSS) branch of the GSA is supported by the Industrial Funding Fee (IFF), so the shutdown did not affect them to the same degree as many as other agencies. However, some areas of GSA that were affected during the Federal government shutdown included the legal and technical teams.
GSA provides over 12 million products and services necessary for other agencies to better perform their missions. If a contract was fully obligated before the shutdown and the goods or services were still required, the contract remained in full effect and no additional actions were required. However, GSA did not accept any new orders for these products or services, so there is currently a backlog of unprocessed orders. If the contract was for recurring services, contracting personnel had to verify whether the goods and services were needed at the same levels during a shutdown of government operations and could have issued a stop work order or termination for convenience (full or partial). It is the duty of GSA Contractors to work with the government to continue work once more on these recurring GSA contracts. The websites USA.gov and GobiernoUSA.gov remained available during the shutdown but were not updated, except in emergency situations. GSA did not maintain other websites providing government information and services to citizens. If the products and/or services your company provides to the government were recurring, it is important to get in contact with the appropriate contracting personnel to determine if your offerings will still be needed and to what extent.