Ray Bjorklund, president of BirchGrove Consulting, discusses how cross-agency programs are being impacted by the shutdown, and what the funding gap means for federal acquisition.
While most of the government is still open, the shutdown is having ripple effects across the open agencies as well. The “lighthouse” agencies participating in the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence initiative are closed, which could lead to delays in the program when the shutdown ends. Ray Bjorklund, president of BirchGrove Consulting, says that the government’s acquisition activities will also see a crisis when the government reopens. “I have spent a lot of time looking at procurement activities and trying to track what the tempos are. I can see it, like towards the end of the fiscal year, there’s an enormous increase in tempo. When that happens, just like it is going to happen when the shutdown ends, you’re going to have mistakes being made. You’re going to have dollars not being obligated or spent. It just becomes really awkward for making the government move smoothly through this crisis,” Bjorklund said.