GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 22, 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)
(Florida) Broward County School District said that budgets have significantly been impacted by COVID-19 and resource availability is subject to change for projects.
- Florida coordinating reopening with five southern states
- Florida is a part of the coalition of southern states coordinating to reopen their economies. Other coalition members include Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says state won’t be able to lift coronavirus stay-home rules by May 4
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the state will not be able to lift many of the stay-at-home restrictions implemented to fight the coronavirus by May 4, the date through which the current directive is currently in place.
- Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee governors announce plans to ease coronavirus restrictions
- Republican governors of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee announced plans to ease restrictions.
- (California) Coronavirus Update: State Launches New ‘Californians For All’ Initiative, Website
- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the launch of the state’s new “Californians For All” initiative and website aimed at organizing volunteers and donations in the effort to provide communities with additional help from the public during the coronavirus emergency.
- Several states are beginning to lift COVID-19 restrictions despite concerns
- Here are the measures some states are going to take in order to gradually reopen their economies
Funding & Economic Impact
- Financial doomsday: State, local governments face layoffs, service cuts, projects derailed
- Already, governors, mayors and county executives are planning for substantial budget cuts.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, slashed roughly $235 million in planned spending
- In Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, estimates suggest that billions in projected revenue over the next year will vanish.
- At the county-level, the National Association of Counties estimates close to $150 billion in lost revenue.
- Senate approves $480 billion package to help small businesses and hospitals, expand testing
- The Senate passed a roughly $480 billion relief package that includes hundreds of billions of dollars in new funding for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus outbreak along with other priorities like money for hospitals and expanded Covid-19 testing.
- (Michigan) U.S. Grants State $2.3M in Mental Health Funding, Michigan Reveals Long-term Care Facility Strategy, Digital Assistance for Black-owned Businesses, and More
- Two federal grants totaling $2.3 million have been awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration (BHDDA) to combat the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Michiganders
- Illinois to receive $4.9B in COVID-19 relief funding
- Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Illinois will receive $4.9 billion in state and local funding.
- (New York) Covid-19 bill grants small businesses, hospitals aid, but states, localities have to wait
- Small businesses and hospitals in Western New York and around the country may soon get the government-backed cash infusion they've been hoping for amid the coronavirus crisis – but state, county and local governments across the country will have to wait.
- HUD awards $1.5 million in funding to support COVID-19-related fair housing activities
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it is awarding $1.5 million in Partnership and Special Enforcement Effort funds to HUD Fair Housing Assistance Program (FHAP) agencies to support COVID-19 education activities.
- (Virginia) City announces funds for COVID-related homelessness as cases, hospitalizations rise
- Richmond is doling out $5.8 million in federal and local dollars to address housing instability and homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.
- (Florida) Miami-Dade allocates $900K for food banks to buy produce from local farmers
- Miami-Dade County officials announced they have allocated $900,000 for food banks and other food distribution programs.
- (Chicago) Budget Committee Signs Off On Emergency Spending Powers For Mayor Lori Lightfoot During Pandemic
- The measure would give Chief Procurement Officer Shannon Andrews power to enter into contracts of up to $1 million for coronavirus-related needs without requiring City Council approval. Budget Director Susie Park would be empowered to move money within the city budget to pay for COVID-19 expenses without seeking authorization from the City Council. Both Andrews and Park must provide weekly reports on their actions to the Budget Committee.
- (Oregon) City of Portland receives $114 million CARES Act payment, expecting 13% revenue drop
- Portland city leaders say they received $114 million from the U.S. Treasury Monday, its allocation from the CARES Act. Right now, the city isn't sure what it can do with the cash infusion.
- Secretary DeVos Delivers $6 Billion in Additional Grant Funding to Support Continued Education at America's Colleges, Universities
- An additional $6.2 billion is now available to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues. The funding is available through the CARES Act
- The funding for these "Recipient Institutional Costs" is separate from the funding previously made available for "Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students." In order to access the funds, higher education institutions must submit a Certification and Agreement for Recipient Institutional Costs. Institutions must also have executed the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students before submitting the second certification and agreement.
- As of April 21, about 50% of eligible postsecondary institutions have applied to receive the Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
- (Oklahoma) Long Plagued By Budget Cuts, Oklahoma Educators Bracing For More
- The state still has not returned to pre-2008 recession funding in a number of years with Oklahoma's higher education system as one of only five state systems that has seen a decreasing state budget appropriation in the last decade.
- (University of Illinois) With emergency coronavirus fund, U of I will waive tuition increases, provide student grants
- Using an emergency coronavirus relief fund, University of Illinois schools will pay for tuition increases supposed to go into effect in the fall for undergraduates.
- (North Dakota) ND Colleges Receive Second Half of Cares Act Funding
- The funding was awarded to higher education institutions to fund IT programs which support remote learning with North Dakota State University receiving the highest grant at $3.8 million and the University of North Dakota the second highest at $2.7 million.
- (South Carolina) Coronavirus forces SC K-12 schools online for the rest of the school year
- Gov. McMaster will issue an executive order next week that will end at-school learning while giving “flexibility” for districts to choose how to conduct graduations, serve students with special needs, recover textbooks from students and allow students to pick up their belongings from the school
- Missouri schools talk impact of statewide budget cuts
- In regards to Missouri schools’ budget discussion the major citation made so far has been to cut about $7 million from transportation funding
- (Kansas) Gov. Kelly discusses virus testing, state budget cuts
- Gov. Kelly has stated that she is committed to education as a critical service but could not say whether K-12 education will ultimately face cuts.
- Hospitals to get $75B in latest round of COVID-19 funding passed by Senate
- Hospitals are set to get $75 billion in the next round of emergency funding for the country's COVID-19 response as the Senate approved legislation Tuesday.
- Minnesota has capacity to run thousands of COVID-19 tests a day. Lawmakers are pushing for more.
- The Minnesota Health and Human Services Committee considered two proposals that would provide grants to academic and clinical research institutions working to develop testing that can identify when someone is sick with COVID-19 and serologic testing, also known as antibody testing.
- California becomes first state to recommend coronavirus tests for some without symptoms
- California public health officials have partially lifted restrictions on who should receive tests for the coronavirus, recommending for the first time that asymptomatic people living or working in high-risk settings such as nursing homes, prisons and even some households should now be considered a priority.
- Utah health officials to buy stockpile of anti-malarial drugs to treat COVID-19
- State officials are in the process of buying a mass of anti-malarial drugs to treat up to 20,000 covid patients
- Georgia to lean into telehealth, web portal in COVID-19 fight
- The state will rely heavily on a smartphone app to lead people to get coronavirus tests and a separate web portal to help track infected persons and isolate others who might have been exposed.
- Colorado next to adopt website from Fresno’s Bitwise for workers displaced by COVID-19
- Recently, Fresno-based Bitwise Industries launched OnwardCA.org, a new website to help California workers find emergency assistance and jobs after coronavirus-related layoffs. Now, other states are lining up to bring the online platform to their residents.
- USDA Increases Monthly SNAP Benefits By 40%
- All SNAP households that are eligible to receive less than the maximum benefit will receive the emergency allotment supplement to bring them up to the maximum
- HHS ANNOUNCES CARES ACT GRANTS TO SUPPORT OLDER ADULTS AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY
- The Department of Health and Human Services is announcing $955 million in grants from the Administration for Community Living to help meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
- (Arizona) Arizona students eligible for meal assistance to get additional benefits
- (California) Pilot Program for California SNAP (CalFresh) Online Food Purchases to Begin Next Week
- (Connecticut) Conn. police to test ‘pandemic drone’ that monitors health activity, social distancing
- A “pandemic drone” will be tested in Westport, Connecticut that police say can scan the body temperatures of residents to determine if they have fevers or other health symptoms in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
- US Airlines Hit by Economic Turbulence from COVID-19
- This article discusses the impact COVID-19 has had on the airline industry. The reduction in flights has been compared to 9/11 with airline’s reducing their schedules by as much as 50-60 percent.
- Ten cities that have redefined public transportation during COVID-19
- The article discusses changes 10 cities around the world (including within the United States) have made to still provide public transportation services for essential workers, while adapting to the situation as a result of the pandemic.
- REAL ID progress for Oklahoma slowed by coronavirus concerns
- “Where the pandemic will affect this is the rollout across the state. That rollout will be significantly slowed down because during this time, we’re not able to conduct our training on the new system and it will also be difficult to get the new work stations to all the different locations throughout the state,” she said.
- For hard-hit renewable sector, conversations in Congress show an encouraging trend
- One of the fastest growing sectors in the United States in the last ten years has become of the hardest hit by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the industry is still looking toward possible aid in a future stimulus from lawmakers in Washington.