Federal Contractor Report

AGC Federal Government Shutdown Update 

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The partial government shutdown that began on December 22 continues. AGC is aware of limited impacts on the construction industry to date. As it stands, the E-Verify system — which allows enrolled employers to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States — is unavailable (see details here). In addition, AGC knows of at least two state departments of transportation — New Mexico and Oklahoma — that have cancelled their January lettings.  

Whether contractors are expected to work during the partial government shutdown depends on the type of work the contractor executes with any particular federal agency. If a contractor works for a branch of a federal agency that performs essential work that remains open during the shutdown, the contractor will in turn likely be required to continue work.  AGC of America recommends that members consult AGC’s What Contractors Should Know in the Event the Government Shuts Down.

Here is a list of major federal construction-related agencies and their status during the partial government shutdown: 

Unaffected Construction-Related Agencies & Programs

  • The Department of Labor (including but not limited to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, Wage and Hour Division, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs)
  • Construction agencies within the Department of Defense including but not limited to the Army Corps of Engineers (Military Construction and Civil Works Programs), Naval Facilitates Engineers Command, and Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • The Bureau of Reclamation
  • The Department of Energy, including the National Nuclear Security Administration
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs Major and Minor Construction Programs

Affected Construction-Related Agencies

For more information, contact Jordan Howard at Jordan.Howard@agc.org or (703) 837-5368.


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