Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Richard Arnholt discussed the impact of the Trump Administration's short-lived freeze on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) contracts and grants. The freeze took effect January 23, and was lifted on February 3 after the review had been completed. While this temporary and short-lived freeze had little or no impact on contractors, contractors should stay in close communication with their contracting officers as there will likely be shifts in spending priorities over the coming months. As Richard pointed out in the article, "[t]he fact is, government spending is political. Government grant awards and contract awards reflect policy decisions by an administration — they're one of the mechanisms by which the government affects its policy."
The full article, "EPA Contract Freeze May Pave Way For Similar Reviews," was published by Law360 on February 8, 2017, and is available online.