Thanks for your comment Mark. This is also an issue with large contractors. I understand that the government is understaffed. I am actually concerned with the contractors who claim to be understaffed.
My argument has always been this:
*As government employees, we do not select our workload. Our supervisor assigns us to a contract/task and that is the end of it.
*Contractors select their own workload. If they are unable to submit required contract closeout documents by the FAR mandated time standards because of understaffing issues, then they should stop bidding on new contracts. The PCO or CAO should not have to request Finals over and over again. The contractor knows when and what documents are due, but they choose to drag their feet because they know the government will not do anything about it.