Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Government Contracting Center at George Mason University, details how the public and private sectors are navigating the shutdown, and mitigating issues that could arise.
While we know about the short-term impacts of this partial government shutdown, the long-term impacts are less known. Right now, the shutdown is beginning to have effects on public and private sector workforces. According to Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Government Contracting Center at George Mason University, both federal agencies and contractors are trying to manage and mitigate the negative outcomes. “We’ve seen the caricatures of government workers as lazy bureaucrats, and contractors are seen as money grabbing contractors, which is ridiculous. It has been great to see the government professionals really trying to find solutions. Like ‘Hey, I have to recall people to meet this congressional requirement.’ On the industry side, ‘I will do everything I can to keep my people employed.’ They can go negative balance on leave so we can maintain this because the overall impact could be significant on the broader community,” McGinn told Government Matters. “One of the things that would allow us to go forward is to really improve how we as government and industry work together. There are significant problems in how we do our position, simplifying the acquisition process, and how we collaborate on intellectual property.”