Government contractors get shutdown guidance

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Just days before the fiscal yearend, contractors received notification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology advising action in the event of a government shutdown.

According to the Sept. 26 letter, in the event of a government shutdown, access to federal facilities would be limited and personnel required to administer contract performance may not be available.

For contractors whose delivery date falls within the period of the possible appropriation lapse, government workers may not be able to receive that delivery. If a contract is deemed “excepted,” performance will still be expected in the event of a government shutdown.

Contractors whose contract requires active administration by federal personnel, access to department facilities or is determined “excepted” will be notified by a contracting officer.

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Commerce Department, Departments, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Tech
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