The Government Shutdown of 2011 is certain to have a major impact on the General Services Administration (GSA) and we sat down to discuss this unique situation with Kevin Chace, President of Nu Cen-tury Inc. a company which specializes in marketing to the Federal Government. Mr. Chace’s company, Nu Cen-tury Inc., helps businesses secure GSA Contracts and then further aids them in their efforts to negotiate the tricky process of Federal Marketing.
We asked Mr. Chace as CEO of Nu Cen-tury Inc, if he had any information that might prove relevant to current and/or prospective GSA Contract holders. Mr. Chace stated that, “GSA administrator Martha Johnson has done a good job of informing contractors of the potential issues with the Government Shutdown. She indicated that the 1995 Shutdown was a major wakeup call for the GSA and that they now had sufficient resources to deal with this issue. She stated that the GSA Federal Acquisition Service would still function even during a Shutdown.”
This seemed inconsistent with the rhetoric coming out of most Washington circles so we asked if he could explain why. “Well, we have advised existing clients of Nu Cen-tury Inc, that in most cases, things will be business as usual with their GSA Contract. You need to remember that GSA is essentially a quasi-Governmental institution and that less than half of the overall GSA budget comes from Government appropriated funds.”
Nu Cen-tury Inc. is correct. In a public statement this morning, Martha Johnson of the GSA explained that the Federal Acquisition Service would in fact remain functional for the foreseeable future. But she did indicate that individual GSA Contract holders should contact their individual contracting officer.
Mr. Chace added, “While I certainly don’t see the harm in contacting your contracting officer, we have advised clients of Nu Cen-tury Inc that such actions are voluntary and not essential in light of what we’ve been getting out of GSA. Basically, if it makes a contractor feel more secure they should go ahead and call their contracting officer. But it’s more about piece of mind than anything else.”