Regional Priorities

Preparing for a Government Shutdown

A federal government shutdown may have major implications for business in Greater Washington just as the economy is beginning to rebound. While we all “wish” that this scenario didn’t play out, wishing is not a strategy. To help you evaluate what a shutdown could mean for your business, we have developed this guidance.

Business Shutdown Guidance Conference Call
On October 15, 2013, the Board of Trade and Fairfax Chamber of Commerce presented an expert panel of human resources, accounting and legal industry leaders to address the consequences of the Federal Government shutdown. As businesses across Greater Washington were facing the third week of the shutdown and attention turned to furloughs, RIFs and countless impacts for the workforce, this conference call forum provided specific guidance and best practices.

Facilitated by Jim Dinegar, Board of Trade President and CEO, and Joe Vidulich, Vice President of Government Relations for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, this conference call forum covered implications and recommendations for dealing with:  

  • Contract Stop-Work Orders
    -- Deborah Nixon, Partner, Government Contract Services, Ernst & Young LLP
  • What Employees are Asking for Through Access to a Leading Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider
    -- Rick Carlson, Management Services Consultant, Ceridian LifeWorks  
  • Short-term Disability During RIFs & Considerations for Temporary Changes of HR Policies and Procedures
    -- Betsy Lewis, Partner, Cooley LLP  
  • Donating, Accounting and Tracking Paid Time Off (PTO) & Nuances of Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Rules and Restrictions
    -- Andrew Bronson, Associate General Counsel, KPMG LLP
  • Business Interruption Insurance
    -- Jack Gocke, Senior Vice President, Marsh & McClennan Companies
  • H1B Visa Holders
    -- Laura Reiff, Co-Chair, National Practice Group, and Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • United Way Community Outreach
    -- Rosie Allen-Herring, President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area


We've collected the most relevant resources to guide you through the process of evaluating the implications on your business. We recommend you begin by reviewing the following documents.

Special Thanks for Hosting the Business Shutdown Guidance Conference Call :

Board of Trade Government Shutdown Conference
The last time a government shutdown was looming in 2011, the Board of Trade hosted a half-day program to evaluate some of the consequences of a shutdown and provide detailed insight for how to prepare your business. Audio from the conference can be found below. Topics this program covered included:

  • Effectively Preparing Organizations, Clients and Contractors for a Shutdown
  • Developing and Implementing a Customized Preparedness Plan
  • Understanding the Financial Implications of a Government Closure
  • Identifying the Implications for the Hospitality and Retail Industries

Please find documents from the program below:

Panel Discussion: Implications for Consultants, Contractors and Others Doing Business with the Federal Government

  • Thomas A. Marcinko (right), Principal Consultant, Government Contract Services Group, Aronson LLC
  • Angela B. Styles (left), Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP, and former Administrator, Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management & Budget, White House.