GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 24, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

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.

General

Funding & Economic Impact 

Procurement

  • (New Mexico) Citing crisis, government agencies in New Mexico spend feverishly
    • The state General Services Department is proposing a $40,000 contract with the Albuquerque law firm Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward to defend against legal challenges to emergency orders issued by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
    • The General Services Department has received approval to pay Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc. of Albuquerque about $27,000 to clean the PERA Building in downtown Santa Fe after a state employee working there tested positive for the virus in March.
    • The state Public Education Department plans to spend about $2 million to help fund before- and after-school programs for at-risk students

Higher Education

  • Planned Fall Opening for Public University in Virginia
    • The University of Mary Washington intends to open its campus in the fall.
    • The university's Board of Visitors' Executive Committee also voted to freeze tuition for all students in the fall semester
  • Rutgers Announces Tuition Freeze, Pay Cuts For Senior Leaders
    • Among the initiatives taken to combat the effects of coronavirus for the University are sweeping cost-cutting measures to address the immediate fiscal challenges related to COVID-19 and called for a budget for the coming fiscal year with no increase in tuition and fees.

K-12 Education

  • (California) Chula Vista to Provide 2,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots to Students
    • The Chula Vista City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to an agreement with T-Mobile and potentially other telecommunication providers to purchase 2,000 WiFi hotspots. Funding for the devices and service, totaling $650,000, will be paid by the Public Education Grant Fund and will not affect the city’s general fund, the city said.
  • (Connecticut) Will extra education aid go to remedy learning lost from school closures – or close budget holes?
    • Connecticut is comparing its current state to the most recent recession in 2008 when the schools lost over 1,300 jobs. The educators main fear is that the stimulus funding will be used to close budget holes that existed prior to the coronavirus pandemic. This proves to be a topic of conversation among many states across the US.
  • SCOTT APPLAUDS OVER $230 MILLION IN EMERGENCY COVID-19 K-12 EDUCATION FUNDING FOR VIRGINIA
    • Virginia officially receives its stimulus funding of $230 million in emergency funding as a result of the CARES Act.
    • This comes after the Virginia’s legislature was forced to cancel pay raises for teachers and important funding for counselors that was announced earlier this week.
  • (Kentucky) Districts will have flexibility in spending federal COVID-19 emergency relief funds
    • Kentucky will receive about $223 million (which is about 4% of Kentucky’s annual K-12 and higher education budget) for K-12 education through the CARES Act and are discussing way to use the flexibilities wisely and be as thoughtful as possible in how to use the funds.
    • KDE anticipates that districts will receive an amount equal to about 83% of what they received in Title I-A funds in fiscal year 2019.
    • Some examples of funding options: existing federal programs, resources that address individual school needs, educational technology for students, providing mental health services and supports, and activities to address the needs of low-income students, students with disabilities, English learners, minorities, homeless students and students in foster care.
    • Other examples of uses for the funds include preparedness and response efforts, planning for and coordinating long-term school closures, and training and professional development for staff members on sanitation and minimizing the spread of infectious diseases and the purchase of supplies for that purpose. And finally funds also may be used for other activities necessary to maintain district operations and services and to employ existing staff members.
  • (West Virginia) Senators Capito, Manchin announce W.Va. eligibility for over $86M in K-12 education funding
    • These investments will be used to create new opportunities for students to learn and connect with their teachers and resources.

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Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

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