GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 06, 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)

  • New Mexico government employees are working from home and have limited access to contract documents to answer inquiries.
  • Solicitation response due dates are being pushed back not only once but twice due to the ongoing pandemic.

General 

Funding & Economic Impact 

Technology

Higher Education

K-12 Education

  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Authorizes New Funding Flexibilities to Support Continued Learning During COVID-19 National Emergency
    • The new flexibilities under the CARES Act allow schools to repurpose existing K-12 education funds for technology infrastructure and teacher training on distance learning
    • Allows for a more streamlined decision-making process in regards to funding and resources
    • Secretary DeVos has approved federally-mandated standardized testing waivers for all 50 states and the District of Columbia
    • These actions work to ensure students with disabilities have access to distance learning opportunities and providing an extension for states that need additional time to develop career and technical education plans under the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act
  • (Massachusetts) Coronavirus and education: As schools work through challenges posed by COVID-19, this Massachusetts virtual K-12 institution provides an example
    • The largest online public school, TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School, in the state of Massachusetts has seen an enrollment spike
    • TECCA employees are expected to have a video meeting with members of the Massachusetts School Counselors Association this week about how to provide guidance to students remotely.
  • (New York) K-12 Schools Relying on Educational Non-Profits to Keep Students Engaged During COVID-19 Pandemic
    • As K-12 schools across the country struggle to adjust to a new paradigm of virtual learning, educational non-profits like CFES Brilliant Pathwaysare playing a key role in keeping students engaged and preparing them for college and careers.
  • Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) information for the UCLA campus community (University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA))
    • UCLA has announced remote learning is planned for the first two of three summer sessions
  • (Wisconsin) ANALYSIS: THE CARES ACT AND K-12 IN WISCONSIN (Wisconsin)
    • Wisconsin is focusing on the following priorities for immediate support from the CARES Act:
    • Provide teachers with resources for improved distance learning – flexible funding options now available nationwide
    • Defray the cost of online education to schools and low-income families
    • Encourage summer learning camps and literacy programs so students are more prepared for 2020-2021 school year
    • Purchase supplies to sanitize and clean school buildings
    • Help graduating high school seniors who have to take remedial college courses next year – career and technical education (CTE) has received support and funding from the US Department of Education through the CARES Act
  • Flexibility and Collaboration, Not Waivers, Will Make Remote Learning More Equitable
    • School districts are saying that delivering remote education without appropriate accommodations for the approximately 14 percent of students nationwide who require special education could exacerbate inequities and put them at risk of litigation.
    • Special education advocates are calling for both schools and families may need to come to the table for virtual conferences to go over what can be provided to their students during closures—and what can’t
  • College Board announces details about at-home AP Exams
    • The College Board announced Friday details about at-home AP Exams this May. These at-home testing options will provide more than three million students worldwide the opportunity to earn the college credit and placement they’ve been working hard toward all school year.
  • Tennessee Launches Public Survey to Help Determine How Schools Can Make Up for Lost Instruction Time:
    • The State seeks to determine the best way to support the response work and plan for recovery with a survey including questions about how effective online learning is and how lost time in the classroom should be made up.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

  • (Delaware) DelDOT keeps roadwork projects on track through pandemic
    • Charles “C.R.” McLeod, director of community relations for DelDOT, said keeping the state’s transportation initiatives moving forward is a grueling task that involves several different departments and levels.
    • If there’s one huge positive that is taking place on highway worksites, it’s that traffic has been down noticeably since Gov. Carney issued his stay-at-home order for non-essential employees on March 22.
    • That makes it easier to conduct DelDOT construction projects such as repaving roads, removing and replacing crossroad pipes, updating intersections to make them safer and handling other issues that can pop up overnight. DelDOT did not have definitive numbers as to the exact number of projects that are taking place statewide or the number of people working on them, saying “Our projects are proceeding as planned and we are doing all we can to help contractors accomplish as much work as possible.”
  • (Washington) Sound Transit hits pause on expansion construction
    • Sound Transit has suspended any construction work, with few exceptions, through May 4. This move is being made in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
  • (Oregon) OR: E-scooter companies ditch Portland, ridership plummets amid coronavirus pandemic
    • E-scooter companies are beginning to suspend operations or take more sanitary measures amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In what has been an emerging industry, the ongoing pandemic will certainly slow the growth of the industry for the time being.
  • TWU, ATU join forces to up transit worker protections
    • The Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) have made it a top priority that members whom are deemed essential personal are provided with masks and gloves, amongst other mitigation efforts. The union has also asked agencies to urge riders to cover their faces as well when using public transit.

Public Utilities

Natural Resources/Environment

  • (Oregon) Coronavirus Undercuts Oregon’s Wood Products Industry, Forestry Department Budget:
    • State Forester Peter Daugherty requests $52-$132 million to maintain the agency’s current programs facing the upcoming fire season. While the funding comes primarily though harvest revenues, the coronavirus pandemic has impacted Oregon’s wood products industry from logging to wildland firefighting. The State Forest Division is in the process of revising its forecasts to understand short term effects and prepare for the long term.