GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: March 31, 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 Kansas Office of Procurement and Contracts is not accepting bids via walk-in or mail through April 3, and encourages those to visit their website for information past April 3. All pending activities will be rescheduled to a date after April 5.
  • The Minnesota Department of Human Services has started to cancel previously released RFP’s due to limited provider capacity during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • The City of Boston, MA procurement department is closed to the public due to the public health emergency. Bids are to be submitted online at the City’s Supplier Portal website.
  • The New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR) division reported that in light of New York State’s reduction in workforce as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be delays in response to FOIL requests.

General 

Funding & Economic Impact 

  • Pentagon watchdog to oversee coronavirus spending
  • Tim Storey on the Coronavirus Aid Package and States
    • Talks about what the $2 trillion coronavirus aid package meant for states and their responses to the pandemic
  • Whitmer: Michigan dedicates additional $150M to coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts
    • Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that the state is dedicating an additional $150 million to the coronavirus (COVID-19) response efforts.
  • (New Hampshire) NH to get $147M more in COVID-19 relief bill
    • New Hampshire will receive an additional $147 million in grants on top of the $1.25 billion direct funding grant from the CARES act.
  • Gov. Whitmer freezes hiring, restricts discretionary spending for state government – Michigan
    • The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is reaching the state budget causing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to temporarily freeze state hiring and restricting discretionary spending.
    • The State Budget Office estimated Michigan could lose between $1 billion and $3 billion as a result of the COVID-19’s impact on the economy at the state level, and federally. The state currently has $1.2 billion in its Rainy Day Fund, or savings account, which is not enough money to cover the cost of a worst case scenario.
  • Ohio legislators pass COVID-19 relief
    • State Representative Jena Powell (R-Arcanum) announced the unanimous passage of Am. Sub. H.B. 197 on Wednesday, March 25 by both House and Senate, providing emergency relief for Ohio families, businesses, and communities in the midst of the effects of COVID-19.
  • Governor signs supplemental bills to fund COVID-19 response – Michigan
    • Today’s (March 30) signing of two supplemental budget bills will provide new state funding of $150 million to bolster response efforts. To date, the state has already expended more than $130 million to secure more than 20 million masks, more than 2,000 ventilators, nearly 9 million ounces of hand sanitizer, more than 255,000 boxes of gloves, 2.4 million gowns, more than 2,000 beds, 210,000 testing supplies, 3,000 thermometers, 185,000 face shields, 22,000 cartons of disinfecting wipes, as well as other needed supplies. The additional funding provided today, along with the supplies and funding provided by the federal government, helps ensure that Michigan has the necessary resources to save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.”
  • DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants
    • Mayor Bowser and the Council of the District of Columbia are investing $25 million in the COVID-19 Recovery Effort and the DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants Program, which will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Procurement

Higher Education

  • University of Arkansas Helping Small Businesses
    • The university's Small Business and Technology Development Center is partnering with the Northwest Arkansas Council to create the Small Business Emergency Assistance program, which will assist nonprofits and small businesses in the region
  • MLA Grants for Part-Timers
    • The Modern Language Association is offering $500 grants, by lottery, to part-time faculty members affected by COVID-19.
  • UW Madison Estimates $100 Million Loss
    • The University anticipates an $100 million loss because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Chancellor Rebecca Blank has said that estimate assumes operations will return to normal by June.
  • Stimulus Funding and OPM Payments
    • Colleges and universities that contract with online program management (OPM) companies to help with the transition to online instruction due to Coronavirus may not be able to have these associated costs reimbursed under the federal stimulus

K-12 Education

  • Coronavirus in Ohio: Gov. DeWine extends school closures through May 1
    • Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio schools will remain closed through May 1.
  • Whitmer to end Michigan school year; seniors graduate, others move up
    • The Governor of Michigan is likely to sign an executive order to close public and private K-12 schools for the remainder of the school
    • Schools are drafting remote learning plans but are not sure whether they will involve grades or not
    • The learning plans will be developed by individual school districts and administered to all students
    • High school seniors will graduate, even if they were still taking courses required for graduation by the Michigan Merit Curriculum this semester, as long as their school district determines they were on pace to graduate before the state-mandated shutdown March 16 – Michigan is expecting higher htan normal graduation rates
    • Current high school juniors will be given an opportunity next fall to take the SAT at the expense of the state
  • (Kentucky) KDE cancels K-PREP testing for 2019-2020 school year
    • KDE had submitted a waiver over the weekend when the US Department of Education announced the option to cancel standardized tests for the school year. Kentucky has a tentative approval.
  • (Duval and Clay County School Districts, Florida) Duval, St. Johns and Clay County schools to remain closed through May 1
    • Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran recommended schools keep campuses closed through May 1 as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to grow

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities