PSC Offers Guidance to Mitigate Effects of Government Shutdown; Wash100 Award Winner David Berteau Quoted

David Berteau, PSC president and CEO

The Professional Services Council announced on Monday that PSC has provided its detailed recommendations to the Office of Management and Budget on steps to mitigate the negative consequences of a government shutdown from a lapse in appropriations.

“The work of the federal government is vital to all walks of American life, and contractors play key roles in every agency. Our recommendations would provide significant benefits for federal agencies and the citizens and taxpayers they serve,” David Berteau, president and CEO of PSC and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said in reference to PSC’s Sept. 10 letter to OMB.  The recommendations would also make it possible for contractors to keep their valued workforce and stay in business.”

In addition, PSC sent a white paper to OMB last October with specific contract language on which work could continue in the event of a lapse in appropriations. An update to that white paper was included in PSC’s Sept. 10 letter and includes lessons learned from last winter’s 35-day partial government shutdown.

“Regrettably, those October 2018 recommendations were not implemented before the last shutdown,” Berteau stated. “No one knows when the next shutdown may happen, so now is the time to implement our recommendations, while memories are fresh and before any future lapse in funding.”

About Professional Services Council (PSC)

PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 400 member companies represent small, medium and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states.

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