GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: March 26, 2020
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)
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- States are desperate for supplies and out of patience as coronavirus needs increase
- Coronavirus Chicago: Mayor Lightfoot threatens more action against stay-at-home violators; police to issue citations next
- (Washington) Inslee suspends some parts of open-government laws amid coronavirus crisis
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, in response to the ongoing coronavirus public health crisis, suspended several key parts of the state’s government transparency laws late Tuesday, including provisions granting public access to government meetings and records.
- Inslee’s proclamation temporarily waives some requirements in Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) that compel governments to hold meetings in public areas open to citizens, and in the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) that requires agencies to allow people to submit requests and review records in person.
- (Delaware) Governor Carney Announces Request for Assistance from Vendors
- Governor John Carney on Wednesday announced the State of Delaware requests assistance from vendors throughout the state in the effort to combat coronavirus (COVID-19).
- What the D.C. Council’s emergency COVID-19 legislation does for the District
- Budget delayed to May 6 - The Mayor’s budget for fiscal year 2021 was originally expected to be released on March 19, but the Council’s emergency legislation allows for it to be delayed until May 6. The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will put out a new revenue estimate in April to reflect the expected impact of COVID-19 on the D.C. economy.
- Duration of public health emergency - The Mayor is now authorized to extend the public health emergency for an additional 30-day period (currently, through late April), and to continue to extend emergency orders in 15-day increments after that.
- Council and others can meet virtually - In order to facilitate social distancing, the Council will now meet virtually, offsite. ANCs, boards, and commissions can also suspend meetings or meet remotely. However, no board, commission, or other public body is required to meet during the public health emergency, or until the Mayor deems it is necessary or appropriate for them to meet.
- Government operations - The measures give the Mayor the authority to mandate telework for D.C. government employees, and generally gives the Mayor greater flexibility in how employees are deployed, hired, and scheduled. As of March 24, D.C. government workers are on an agency-specific telework schedule until April 27.
- FOIA and Open Meetings requirements - The time during the public health emergency does not count toward the time period during which public records requests, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and requests for recordings from police officers’ body-worn cameras must be met.
- (Idaho) Memorandum On Identification Of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
- Idaho’s order adopts the guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on "Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers during COVID-19 Response,".
- (Virginia) Fairfax County Government Buildings Closed to the Public Starting at 5 PM on March 27
- Experts see over 600 percent spike in malicious emails during coronavirus crisis
- Social Media Could Track Spread of Diseases Like COVID-19
- Missouri Gov. Parson requests federal major disaster declaration amid COVID-19 response
- Governor Mike Parson has requested the President approve an emergency disaster declaration for the entire state of Missouri to provide federal assistance for preparedness and emergency response efforts.
- (North Dakota) Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Q&A with Interim State Director, Tiffany Ford
- Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Disaster Declaration; North Dakota Disaster as a statewide declaration for small businesses affected by Coronavirus.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Stimulus bill: Who gets what from $2 trillion coronavirus relief package
- This is the largest relief package in American history, with heavy emphasis to assist small businesses, the unemployed, aid to state and local governments, and grants to hospitals and nonprofit health organizations.
- Emergency assistance for schools: $30 billion
- The final package provides more than $30 billion in emergency education funding for colleges and universities, states and school districts. Democrats apparently called for double that amount of funding citing increased costs associated with special education.
- State Aid Provisions of the Federal Coronavirus Response Bill
- The $150 billion in the Coronavirus Relief Fund is mostly allocated by population, but with $3 billion reserved for U.S. territories and the District of Columbia and $8 billion set aside for tribal governments, along with a guarantee that each state receives at least $1.25 billion even if its population share would otherwise indicate a lesser amount.
- Local governments with populations of 500,000 or more are also eligible for aid, and any aid they receive is subtracted from the amount otherwise available to their state’s government. This too is apportioned by population, but localities may only receive 45 percent of the amount associated with their population.
- To be eligible for federal funding, state expenditures must meet three conditions. First, they must be necessary expenditures incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Second, they must not be accounted for in the state or locality’s most recently approved budget (as of the time of the federal law’s enactment). And third, the expense must be incurred between March 1 and December 30, 2020.
- Louisiana state government spending over $71 million on coronavirus response
- Dardenne's office, the division of Administration, has spent over $1 million in acquiring computers and other necessities needed for state workers to work from home.
- Dardenne says more than $51 million of the total amount spent went towards supplies, including an extensive list of personal protection items for hospitals and other goods.
- The Louisiana Department of Heath has spent close to $7.5 million. The Board of Regents, which oversees colleges and universities, lost approximately $16 million in revenue partly due to lost fees from students but has spent more than $1 million in response to the pandemic.
- (New Mexico) State Investment Council Authorizes $100 Million NM Recovery Fund
- The New Mexico State Investment Council unanimously approved a new recovery loan fund of up to $100 million designed to assist distressed New Mexico businesses facing economic hardship during the COVID-19 coronavirus health crisis.
- (Nebraska) Gov. Ricketts signs COVID-19 emergency funding bill, temporarily suspends evictions
- Nebraska Governor Pete Rickets signed a bill providing emergency funding to combat COVID-19 in the state. Funding will support purchasing protective equipment, call center operations, and essential IT needs.
- COVID-19 and the US economy: FAQ on the economic impact & policy response
- Brookings has put together a FAQ on the economic impact and policy response for the US.
- How COVID-19 is changing public perception of big tech companies
- Facebook, Microsoft partner with WHO for coronavirus hackathon
- Promoting the development of software to take on challenged related to the coronavirus pandemic, focusing around themes of health, vulnerable populations, businesses, community, education, and entertainment.
- New York launches IT 'SWAT teams' to aid pandemic response
- New maps show Los Angeles residents where to find food during pandemic
- Los Angeles has launched a new website using data to help people locate grocery stores, markets, and meal distribution centers.
- Conduent Collaborates with Amazon Web Services to Help Government Agencies Scale Their COVID-19 Response
- Conduent has announced its disease surveillance and outbreak management platform, Maven, will now be available on AWS, providing new levels of agility and scalability, helping speed up the implementation process.
- Accela Launches New COVID-19 Response Solutions to Help State and Local Governments Manage High Volumes of Vital Citizen Services and Empower Remote Staff
- Accela, has announced a suite of new Response Solutions designed to help government agencies address rising challenges and navigate new modes of business operation during "shelter-in-place" and "social distancing" mandates.
- Drones, apps and packed lunches: The latest on big tech's COVID-19 response
- This article provides another look into how the technology industry is responding and assisting with the COVID response efforts.
- The robots are ready as the COVID-19 recession spreads
- The Brookings Institution has provided commentary on possible fallout with a COVID-linked recession, namely on automation in the workforce down the road.
- How coronavirus is forcing online learning to evolve
- Higher Education will likely never be the same after COVID-19. Many universities are struggling to maintain online presences and adapt to the shifting environment, however many universities are going increasingly online so this could provide the necessary catalyst to do so. This means stabilizing their existing technology and focusing the accessibility for teachers and students.
- Hiring Freezes Begin
- Many schools have been reporting they are going into hiring freezes. This shows a common response in times of uncertainty and focusing on existing resources and student-base.
- Stimulus Package Contains $1 Billion for Colleges Serving Minority, Low-Income, First-Generation Students
- Gives separate funding amount for historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and other minority-serving institutions to help during shifts of Coronavirus especially for facilities and operational costs.
- (Tennessee) Education leaders forced to make tough decisions amid coronavirus outbreak
- Tennessee education commissioner, Penny Schwinn, also said the state department of education is also partnering with PBS stations to ensure students continue learning through the break.
- Shelby County Schools announced their schools would be closed until further notice.
- The state is seeking partnerships in order to ensure all students have broadband access.
- The COVID-19 crisis and reflections on systems transformation
- “One of the silver linings from this crisis may very well be reimagining what education can and should be in the 21st century. This may include the global community doubling down on investments to ensure continued educational opportunities in situations of instability and crisis, as well as further exploring distance learning possibilities.” – Times of uncertainly can often highlight important areas for growth as well as the overall health of the educational institution. Technology will certainly be a prevalent
- Students with disabilities deprived of crucial services because of coronavirus closures (Los Angeles Unified School District)
- It’s been stated the federal mandates around testing and assessments are being waived but IDEA requirements are not nor will they be. Many students with disabilities were receiving numerous services in order to maintain a learning environment much which cannot be moved online. Accessibility has proven to be a critical element of all educational services but in terms of those receiving special education services, the hands-on involvement of qualified educators or administrators is not able to be done at home or online. Also, many families rely on those services but also pay for them. Support claims are likely to be on the rise following the end of the school year.
- Doctors And Nurses Say More People Are Dying Of COVID-19 In The US Than We Know
- Ford partners with 3M, GE Healthcare to make respirators, ventilators to fight coronavirus
- COVID-19 economic stimulus deal includes billions in hospital funding
- New York State on PAUSE
- The state is scouting additional new sites for temporary hospitals, with a goal of having a 1,000-plus patient overflow facility in each New York City borough as well as Westchester, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk counties. 52,000 healthcare workers, including retirees and students, have signed up to volunteer to work as part of the state's surge healthcare force during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- New Jersey's new coronavirus website lets users ask questions
- Scramble for medical equipment descends into chaos as U.S. states and hospitals compete for rare supplies
- Arkansas to expedite licensing for healthcare workers, COVID-19 cases rise to 308
- The Department of Health is issuing temporary emergency licensure to medical residents and nursing students to prepare for an expected strain on the medical system. The state has licensed 100 physicians and more than 300 nurses.
- Michigan officials: Hospitals about to enter crisis care mode for coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Hospitals in more remote locations transitioning to become relief hospitals for patient transfers.
- 'That's when all hell broke loose': Coronavirus patients start to overwhelm US hospitals
- New York state Officials are pushing hospitals to increase capacity, and plans are underway to build emergency hospitals and backfill other hospitals with more beds.
- Thousands of doctors and nurses who are either retired or no longer see patients have signed up as a “surge health care force”
- Law enforcement: No easy way to legally enforce quarantines, social distancing
- Law enforcement across the country are dealing with or preparing to enforce shelter in place and social distancing orders. While they cannot force people to stay indoors, they can write citations to those whom disobey the orders set in place by government officials. Departments expect the situation to evolve as the weeks move forward, assuming orders stay in place or get stricter.
- Lexipol launches Coronavirus Learning & Policy Center for public safety, local government
- Lexipol has launched the Coronavirus Learning & Policy Center, “which provides free online access to coronavirus-related courses, policies and articles, as well as learning management tools to help first responders reduce risks associated with coronavirus response and to help agencies develop coronavirus policies and training.”
- Calif. police using drones to patrol during COVID-19 lockdown
- California police have purchased additional drones to help monitor the coronavirus situation. The drones will be mounted with speakers and can be used to help monitor the homeless population, as well as make emergency announcements to disperse crowds without getting police officers involved.
- U.S. Jobless Claims Jump to 3.28 Million, Quadruple Prior Record
- A total of 3.28 million people filed for unemployment insurance in the week ended March 21, dwarfing previous highs in Labor Department reports published since 1967. Two weeks earlier, before closures of businesses swept across vast swaths of the country, the number stood at 211,000, close to a half-century low.
- Opinion: Coronavirus Telecommuting May Disrupt Transit Plans
- The world’s largest work from home experiment is having an impact on ridership numbers for public transit across the world. It may also have an impact on future plans transit industries may have had in mind. The industry is unsure how long the lasting impact of social distancing will have on public transportation as the public may still be hesitant to board a crowded bus or train, or as employers begin to offer more telecommuting options for their employees.
- (New York) MTA implements 'NY Essential Service Plan' to move frontline personnel during COVID-19 pandemic
- The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has implemented a new service plan that gives priority to healthcare workers, first responders and essential personnel on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. This new service model ensures these essential personnel get to and from where they are needed.
- Social Distancing Could Have Permanent Impact on Public Transit Ridership
- COVID-19 may sport the thinnest silver lining: a cleaner climate
- The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a significant decrease in pollution to the climate on a global scale, this article talks about the possibilities of a reduced carbon footprint moving forward. This has renewed the conversation on what a positive impact “going green” can have on the world’s climate. However, steps will need to be taken following the crisis to put an even bigger emphasis on reducing carbon emissions.