Dennis McDonald

It’s the time and energy that has to be devoted to anticipating the shutdown that bothers me as a project manager and a taxpayer. It’s one more thing that needs to be added to agency and program “disaster plans” — i.e., what happens if unforeseen circumstances force us to stop doing what we are legally required to do? Unhappily, such circumstamces any more are far from “unforeseen!”

I learned long ago that any time you have to delay, stretch out, or hurriedly modify a project or plan you increase its cost, especially when you stretch it out.