GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: March 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them.

Word on the Street
(What our Analysts are hearing from government.)

  • There will be some delays in meeting procurement schedules
    • Oregon – According to POC- “Oregon declared a state of emergency, any non-essential state business in on hold. This means our procurement is on hold until the governor lifts the state of emergency.”
    • Hawaii – Department of Health – message from POC regarding procurement related inquiry – “The Division is in the midst of dealing with a National Emergency in COVID-19 so this request may not be able to be attended to as quickly as we would normally be able to respond due to this State Emergency.”
    • Pennsylvania – Department of Revenue faces bona fide staffing limitations due to the COVID-19 emergency
  • Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many Finance Department employees are working remotely or utilizing flexible working schedule but still assures the public that the Department is prepared to maintain all operations during the time and payroll, procurement, and payables will be handled on regular procedures.
  • NASCIO Corporate Exchange conference call:
    • New Hampshire – State CIO Denis Goulet reported that vendors were responding well to emergency demands but that they were encountering some supply chain limits, as would be expected.
    • Mississippi – State CIO Craig Orgeron corporate call today was the CIO of Mississippi. He was asked if COVID has altered the priority of things and he said nothing right now but probably in the next few weeks.  Specifically called out VPNs and multi-factor authentication for likely increasing bids over the next short term period.
    • NASCIO - Executive director Doug Robinson reported that states are seeing increases in opportunitic cyber attacks such as DDOS and scams. (Cybercriminals Seek Profit in Coronavirus)

General Response

MRSC (Municipal Research and Services Center) COVID-19 page for local governments across Washington State including Emergency Authority and Statues information, Operation and Personnel Issues, Economic Impact and Mitigation, and supporting blog articles regarding COVID-19.

Funding

VERTICALS

Health Care

Telehealth

Education

Justice & Public Safety

Transportation

  • Systems drop fare collection to further enhance COVID-19 mitigation measures
    • This article references the effect social distancing is having on the public transit market, resulting in free fares and rear door boarding for example. This may affect the public transit market in the short term, but could lead to long term changes in how public transit is conducted. Perhaps we will end up seeing consultants being used to develop plans to make public transit more sanitary? Or maybe hand sanitizer stations will be installed in train cars, buses and trams? We won’t know what the effects will be for months if not years.

Public Utilities

  • Keeping the Lights On: US Utility Sector Braces for Coronavirus Impact
    • One thing that can’t “shutdown” are the state’s utilities. Power will be needed to keep people working from home, keep hospitals running, and keep the stove on to cook. This article briefly discusses the impact COVID is/may have on the utility sector. I am not sure yet how this will or won’t affect the current utility procurement market.
  • For Wind and Solar Sectors, Biggest Coronavirus Risk May Be a Damaged Economy
    • The COVID pandemic may end up having an effect on the renewable energy market. As the priority of the world shifts to combating COVID, initiatives such as renewable energy may take a back seat. This could result in a decrease in renewable energy related solicitations for an unknown amount of time.

Contractors

PURCHASING

Pre-proposal Conferences, Site Visits, & Extending Due Dates:

  • Some purchasing departments and universities are looking to limit exposure by limiting visitors for bid site visits or postponing them
    • Some are moving to greater use of virtual bid openings/teleconference
    • GA’s Fulton County Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance will reschedule all Pre-Proposal/Pre-Bid Conferences and Facility/Site visits until a later date and has issued an addendum to extend due dates for all Open Projects (projects currently advertised on the Bid Board) until April 15, 2020.