GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 08, 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)

  • District of Columbia’s FOIA deadlines may be extended during this period of time for which the Mayor has declared a public health emergency. This is pursuant to section 503 of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, effective March 17, 2020.
  • The California Department of General Services (DGS) has chosen to postpone the second RFI for tablets due to COVID-19. The first RFI was released in January 2020 and they were supposed to release a second RFI with cost worksheets prior to releasing an RFP this month.

General 

  • Maryland launches cybersecurity task force for extra protection during pandemic
    • The state has created a new cybersecurity task force made up of Maryland National Guard members and officials from the state Department of Information Technology. The new team is responsible for monitoring state government websites — such as the portal for unemployment benefits — to make sure that the public can still access state services and public-health updates.
  • Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page Launches
    • The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), and the Maryland Department of Information Technology (DoIT), today launched the Maryland Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rumor Control Page.
  •  (Oklahoma) COVID-19 briefs
    • U.S. Department of Education has granted preliminary approval of Oklahoma waivers allowing public school districts greater flexibility in the spending of existing federal funds
  • (Arizona) Gov. Ducey implements more restrictions for out-of-state amid COVID-19 pandemic
    • Travelers who come from an “area with substantial community spread through any airport in the state” are required to be quarantined or isolated for 14 days
  • (Arkansas) Governor Gives Local Officials More Power to Control COVID-19 Spread:
    • Gov. Hutchinson of AR issues amendment to an executive order allowing city and county officials more leeway to take local action in preventing the spread of COVID-19 including reasonable city or county curfews and closures of city or county owned parks and facilities.
  • California to Spend Nearly $1B for 200 Million Masks Per Month
  • Minnesota Secretary of State Pushes COVID-19 Election Changes:
    • Min. Secretary of State Steve Simon has proposed legislation that would expand mail-in voting, change the location of vulnerable polling places and reduce in-person polling places.
    • The proposal would use $400 million of the state’s election-related funding as a part of the $2.2 trillion relief package approved by Congress.
  • (Virginia) Northam pushes elections back
    • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced he is pushing the state’s June 9 congressional primary back by two weeks to June 23. As governor, he has the authority to make this move. In addition, he is recommending local and special elections set for May to be pushed back to November. That move requires action by the General Assembly, which is returning to session April 22.
  • DC Council passes COVID-19 relief bill with rent freeze, consumer protections
    • Meeting remotely for the first time in its 45-year history, the D.C. Council on Tuesday unanimously passed its second emergency COVID-19 relief bill, a measure that establishes a rent freeze and mortgage payment deferrals, an expansion of unemployment insurance and more.

Funding & Economic Impact 

Procurement

Technology

Higher Education

  • (New York) Debt Relief for 300,000 Private Borrowers in N.Y.
    • Andrew Cuomo, New York's Democratic governor, announced the state will offer relief to 300,000 borrowers who took out private student loans.
    • Those borrowers were excluded from the $2.2 trillion federal stimulus bill, which allowed most other student loan borrowers to avoid making payments for six months, without interest.
  • (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities) APLU Urges Congress to Provide Additional Emergency Aid for Students, Universities, and Research
    • APLU) today called on Congress to expand emergency coronavirus relief to support the nation’s public research universities in its phase-four coronavirus relief bill.
    • The request contains $47 billion in emergency funding for students and institutions through the funds disbursement mechanism set up in the CARES Act
  • Call for Lottery-Style College Admissions
    • Many colleges and universities have gone test optional in college admissions amid the coronavirus crisis, which also is wreaking havoc with large numbers of high school transcripts.
    • That combination likely means admissions staff members at selective colleges will have "extraordinary discretion" in making decisions about whom to admit
  • Law Schools and Coronavirus: Bar Exemptions and More
    • The American Bar Association's Board of Governors passed a policy resolution this week urging state licensing authorities to allow 2019 and 2020 law graduates who can’t take the July bar exam to practice law in a limited capacity.
    • Some jurisdictions already have canceled the July administration of the test due to COVID-19.

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Utilities move to delay rate case proceedings during pandemic
    • Several utilities have asked for their rate increases to be delayed given the current ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • 'Horrible.' Coronavirus unravels energy efficiency industry
    • Utilities and state energy agencies have halted programs that help homeowners and business owners pay for new installations and building retrofits. The Department of Energy has encouraged local nonprofit grantees, some of which contract out to small third-party companies, to suspend or "severely limit" low-income weatherization activities, with the vast majority of grantees electing to do so, according to a recent DOE notice.
    • State governors have also in some cases shut down in-person construction work, which accounts for about half of the industry's workforce. Nearly all residential projects are on pause nationwide, according to several industry associations.

Community Development/Housing