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Mason’s GovCon Center Speaks Out Against Government Shutdowns

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“We can’t hold the business of government and the companies that support the business of government hostage in budget negotiations,” says Jerry McGinn, executive director of Mason’s Center for Government Contracting.

McGinn and John Hillen, chairman of the Center for Government Contracting’s advisory board recently proposed two options that could prevent future government shutdowns in an essay posted in the Washington Technology. Option one is to allow the government to continue to operate as normal while bills are negotiated between the executive and legislative branches. Option two is for government and industry to work together to face the challenges that impact government, such as simplifying the acquisition processes, helping small business growth, and creating new frameworks for intellectual property collaboration.

“To make government more responsive and effective and help alleviate future disconnects, government and industry have to work together for more effective operations,” McGinn says. “It requires acquisition reform. It requires bringing new entrants, new companies, into the government contracting ecosystem.”



Read the complete article about GovCon that was featured on Mason’s website:
"Government shutdowns are no way to do business, Mason's GovCon Center says"