Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Are Government Project Managers Ready for Another Government Shutdown?

Are Government Project Managers Ready for Another Government Shutdown?

By Dennis D. McDonald

This is an update to an article I originally published in 2015. Sadly, many of the concerns expressed here may still be relevant.

As the specter of a shutdown of Federal Government agencies begins to loom large, my thoughts turn again to how such a shutdown will impact projects and project managers at various Federal agencies (other than the obvious impacts of increasing taxpayer costs and disrupting scheduled public services, of course).

To “celebrate” the coming debacle I’ve gathered together a list of links to blog posts I’ve written in the past about the impacts of sequestration and shutdowns on government projects and project managers. Most of these posts are from 2013 but much of what they describe may still be relevant.

One assumption I made back then in my research and writing was that, when faced with important decisions about how resources devoted to important public services are deployed, it always makes sense to look carefully at the impacts on budgets and schedules. As a project planner and manager that sentiment just seems like common sense to me.

Is that still true in today's political climate? Was it ever true? Or have I overblown the concerns here since most savvy Federal project managers have long learned to live with the vagaries of Federal project funding? Let me know what you think!

Copyright © 2013-2017 by Dennis D. McDonald, Ph.D. 

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