GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: March 30, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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)

  • The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is no longer accepting paper copies of proposals. The employees are instructed to work remote during this time. There is no one in the office to accept bids or open bids that have already been received.
  • We can expect delays in contract awards in Georgia.

General 

Funding & Economic Impact 

  • Alaska Legislature approves $4.5 billion budget plus $1,000 Permanent Fund dividend, then departs Juneau
    • Alaska legislature has approved $4.5 billion budget reserving $88 million in state money to address the [COVID-19] pandemic and allow state officials to accept federal aid.
  • (Wisconsin) Evers moves forward with equipment purchases to fight COVID-19, calls on GOP lawmakers for $700 million in funding
    • The office of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers plans to purchase 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective face masks to assist with the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • The decision comes one week after Evers provided Republican leaders with a proposed $700 million legislative package that would; address health care needs related to the respiratory disease; extend the statewide public health emergency indefinitely until it is revoked by the Legislature; and boost health care staffing. The legislation also would waive the state’s voter identification requirement for the April 7 election, as well as extend the online registration deadline and waive the witness signature requirement for those voting absentee.
  • Minn. legislature passes $330 million bill to help with COVID-19
    • According to Sessions Daily, the new legislation will cover a much larger range of efforts containing a number of fiscal and policy measures intended to help mitigate the ongoing pandemic. The bill was passed 99-4 by the House, 67-0 by the Senate and awaits action by Gov. Tim Walz.
    • Most notably, $200 million of this legislation was appropriated to create a fund specifically for COVID-19 that the Minnesota Management and Budget would call on state agencies to respond to the pandemic.

Technology

  • Free tech help for state and local government
    • The U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19 site offers a platform designed specifically to help state and local governments get tech help for managing pandemic response from volunteers. Started by three former U.S. deputy CTOs and a former Facebook executive, the site says it has more than 500 qualified volunteers skilled in technology, data, design and operations, many of whom have worked at all levels of government, including the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and Code for America.
    • Governments fill out a form describing the problem they’re trying to solve and the support they think they need, and the response team will assess the needs, review available volunteers and identify matches. State and local governments have been asking for help gathering test result data from public and private testing facilities; keeping websites -- like benefit-application sites unaccustomed to providing broad digital services -- stable and update;, tracking hospital data on bed and ventilator capacity; and modeling and mapping infection data.
  • New COVID-19 app, website help users screen themselves for virus

Higher Education

  • Colleges extend decision deadline due to coronavirus as new students reconsider
    • Colleges are extending the deadline for high school seniors to choose which school to attend
    • The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to shift attitudes of students on application decisions
    • Colleges are at risk of losing tuition money and there may be less financial aid to go around
  • Who Will Get Emergency Funds?
    • The American Council on Education has created a simulation of where the emergency funds for higher education included in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package will be distributed.
    • Higher Education will likely see $14 billion
  • Why Coronavirus Looks Like a ‘Black Swan’ Moment for Higher Ed
    • Many higher education institutions should use this time to prepare for future contingencies and reflect on previous times of need such as 9/11 or natural disasters in order to build resiliency

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