Sequestration: Responding to Government Contract Delays and Changes

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Recent hardening of the rhetoric between Congressional Republicans and the White House is leading to growing acknowledgment that across-the-board reductions in federal agency budgets are likely to be imposed, at least temporarily, beginning March 1st. Government contractors serving nearly every federal agency can expect to be affected by delays, stop-work orders, and/or contract changes to postpone or reduce the government’s cost of contract performance.

Federal contracts give the government the right to impose schedule delays in contractor performance, direct work stoppages, and order changes in the delivery schedule, but the government does not have the right to impose the costs of those actions on contractors – provided the contractors take timely action to preserve their rights to compensation for those increased costs.

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