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The contractor model is not working in the case of the National Laboratories when it comes to the federal government shutdown. The corporate entities that are contracted to run these laboratories should be required under their contracts to maintain operations during a federal government shutdown using their own resources when funding is temporarily stopped.
The resources I’m referring to are the fees they are awarded with for operating the laboratories and their corporate ability to borrow money. Wasn’t that one of the reasons to set up the federal government contractor model; a separation of national security operations from the whims of the congressional budget process?
Corporations generally maintain continued operation of their facilities if they want to remain in business except for corporations contracted to operate federal government facilities. Contractor corporations operating the National Laboratories take the benefits of operation without the risk.
Paul D. Richardson