GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 02, 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.
- (Rhode Island) Raimondo wants to hire new official to manage federal COVID-19 funding
- Gov. Gina Raimondo is setting up a new Pandemic Recovery Office to manage how Rhode Island spends over $1 billion in federal coronavirus funding. This includes hiring a deputy director to oversee the new office, who will be paid up to $162,031.
- IT modernization in the time of COVID-19: How government investment in critical IT systems can enhance citizen services
- Outdated government IT systems and processes hinder many federal and state agencies’ ability to deliver services. This fact has been well known and disturbingly unresolved, even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
- (Kansas) Governor announces first meeting of state SPARK task force
- Governor Kelly announced the executive committee of the state's Strengthening People And Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) task force will be convening to discuss potential first-round allocations of CARES act funds, including funding for localities.
- 12 takeaways from CIOs on the rapid move to remote work
- Government’s information technology leaders have been talking about expanding telework for years, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the move in a matter of days.
- The telework rush tested states' cybersecurity, IT maturity
- The rushed transition to telework has tested government IT capabilities with mixed responses and successes.
- New Jersey to enter Stage 2 of reopening plan on June 15 amid COVID-19 pandemic
- New Jersey will be ready to enter Stage 2 of its restart and recovery plan on Monday, June 15 which will see the return of outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping.
- April construction spending falls 2.9% as virus upends work
- U.S. construction spending fell 2.9% in April, the largest drop in 18 months, with broad declines across all building activity as shutdowns hobbled projects and workers were told to stay home.
- (California) Santa Clara County Extends Contract With TransPerfect for On-demand Translation Services for COVID-19 Response
- TransPerfect, the world’s largest provider of language and technology solutions for global business, announced that the government for Santa Clara County, California, has extended their contract for on-demand translation services to support response efforts for the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Kansas lawmakers approve audit of state's unemployment response
- Kansas lawmakers voted to approve an investigation into the state's unemployment response since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Legislative Post Audit Committee, made up of state Senators and Representatives, called for the Division of Post Audit to conduct and audit into the situation.
- Ohio Bureau of Budget and Management announces actions to control personnel costs
- With the state facing a significant budget shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting impacts on the state's economy, the Ohio Bureau of Budget and Management (OBM) has announced actions to control personnel costs.
- (Kansas) Attorney General Schmidt recommends legislature regarding contact tracing
- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt recommends that a law be passed governing COVID-19 contact tracing. The Attorney General says that this process needs more of a legal framework for the protection of personal information and civil liberties.
- (Hawaii) Gov. David Ige To Lift 14-day Interisland Travel Quarantine on June 16
- Hawaii began June with no new confirmed coronavirus cases in the islands. The statewide infection count remains at 652, with 95.7% released from isolation. The state has also not had any COVID-19-related fatalities for four weeks and 17 coronavirus deaths since the outbreak, the lowest mortality in the nation.
- Kansas Chamber of Commerce Creates COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard
- Wanting to ensure the state stays on track to recover, the Kansas Chamber of Commerce has created an economic recovery and relief dashboard to track several factors of growth and status the state reopens.
- The charts and trackers measure various statistics including consumer spending, employment rates, and how businesses are recovering.
- (Delaware) Gov. Carney creates pandemic resurgence committee
- Gov. John Carney created a Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee June 1 in an effort to plan for a possible resurgence of COVID-19 in fall 2020.
Funding & Economic Impact
- The Coronavirus Will Cost the Economy Nearly $8 Trillion, Congressional Budget Office Says
- The coronavirus likely will sap about $7.9 trillion of economic activity over the next decade-plus even with all of the rescue funding being poured in to offset the pandemic’s impact, according to a government estimate.
- Utah social services, school funding on the chopping block
- Plans to slash state spending “into the bone” have Utah lawmakers scouring every corner of government to target programs and employee positions for cuts and outright elimination.
- (Maryland) Howard County receives nearly $57 million in CARES Act funding amid coronavirus pandemic
- Howard County received nearly $57 million in CARES Act funding from the state of Maryland.
- Revised California budget proposal to cut UC funding by up to $372M
- The University of California could lose $372 million in state funding after the state revised its proposed budget in May.
- The revised budget would reduce higher education funding for the 2020-2021 fiscal year by 10% of current levels, in order to offset the rising costs associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
- Pa.’s revenues take another coronavirus blow in May, falling $440 million short of expectations
- Pennsylvania’s tax revenues dropped 17% below official estimates in May, new figures from the state Department of Revenue show, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the state’s finances.
- (Idaho) State Board Issues Emergency Relief Funding Recommendations
- The State Board of Education Monday sent Gov. Brad Little recommendations for spending about $15.7 million in coronavirus relief funds.
- The board voted unanimously to recommend funding three areas:
- Technology infrastructure and faculty professional development for remote learning at Idaho’s public colleges and universities.
- Partnerships between Idaho Public Television and Idaho Digital Learning Academy to expand remote K-6 curriculum, instruction and support.
- Developing or acquiring curriculum and instructional support for virtual or online career-technical education.
- (Pennsylvania) State allocates $175 million to mortgage, rental assistance
- Gov. Tom Wolf signed legislation allocating $175 million in federal CARES Act funding to a COVID-19 Relief Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program and another $10 million to homeless assistance grants.
- (Virginia) State tax payments due, as health crisis turns tax season upside down
- Virginia income tax payments were due on Monday, as the state tries to figure out how big the hole will be in its budget when the fiscal year ends on June 30.
- Coronavirus will haunt US economy for a decade and wipe out $8tn, says CBO
- The ongoing coronavirus pandemic will haunt the US economy for a decade, wiping close to $8tn off economic growth, according to new projections released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
- Next coronavirus aid package to pass Congress by late July, analysts say
- (Missouri) Parson announces more Missouri budget cuts: K-12 education takes a $133 million hit
- Governor Parson announced an additional $209 million in budget cuts, and more than $131 million will come from K-12 education
- (Arkansas) May state revenue drops $14.3M from previous year, but surpasses forecast by $65.1M
- State general revenues in May dropped by $14.3 million over a year ago to $481.9 million, but exceeded the state’s forecast by $65.1 million, state Department of Finance and Administration officials said Tuesday morning. They said the state’s tax collections appear to be dropping less than other states due to the covid-19 pandemic.
- (Connecticut) $619 Million Deficit Projected for CT: State Comptroller
- The state comptroller is projecting a deficit of $619.9 million amid massive job losses and the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Washington) WSU continues on path to long-term fiscal health amid COVID-19 uncertainty
- Large public university systems like WSU receive a majority of their revenue from students enrolling in educational programs. Therefore, the university is looking at ways to meet the needs of future students by investing in programs that suit their interests and equip them with the skills necessary to succeed as part of the modern workforce.
- Among these efforts is the implementation of a model for professional programs that incentivizes enrollment growth and revenue sharing, which is in progress. WSU is also looking at ways to reduce its dependence on tuition revenues while simultaneously plotting to grow enrollment and reach students who traditionally don’t consider four-year universities a possibility.
- College Presidents to Attend White House Meeting
- Topics of discussion included the need to be able to do more testing and colleges' request for liability protection from coronavirus-related lawsuits.
- Prepping to reopen, California schools desperate for guidance, money
- In Modesto, school officials have signaled that transportation under the age of social distancing would most likely mean school buses limited to 14 students, making it impossible to serve all students reliant on busing under normal times.
- Berkeley is planning with the assumption that distance learning “will form the core of our educational programs for all students, at all grades.”
- And in Los Angeles, guidance from the county’s education office envisions schools with one-way hallways, and class sizes limited to 16 students spaced six feet apart. Hand washing breaks would be squeezed in between lessons. No large gatherings, no assemblies.
- What will the fall look like for Vermont’s K-12 schools?
- Administrators say they’re exploring a roster of options that fall into one of three categories: remote learning, in-person instruction, or some hybrid model, which could see students in school on alternating days or younger children at school while older students remain at home.
- Iowa receives $26.2 million in emergency education relief to expand broadband access
- Iowa’s grant is part of the nearly $3 billion Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund authorized by the CARES Act which allows governors to determine how to best meet the needs of students in public and non-public schools, postsecondary institutions, and other education-related organizations.
- Better enabling remote learning for K-12 and postsecondary students is the goal of Iowa’s GEER application. It focuses on providing and expanding broadband access and improving access to technology in other ways. That could include providing Wi-Fi hotspots and devices. Funding also may be used to offer professional development related to remote learning to educators in school districts and non-public schools as well as in public and private colleges and universities.
- McKinsey: Up to $250B of US health spending could become virtual
- A recent report analyzing claims data identified virtual care use cases estimates that could comprise roughly 20% of all Medicare, Medicaid and commercial spend across outpatient, office and home health.
- (California) Bay Area’s wealthiest hospitals get biggest coronavirus grants
- Stanford Health Care received more than $102.4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- (Nevada) State will expand COVID-19 testing, contact tracing
- The plan will provide for expanded lab capacity for testing and analysis
- The state will obtain an off-the-shelf system developed by Salesforce that will be customized for Nevada by Deloitte; The state will hite and train 250 contact tracers through Deloitte
- HHS Awards $300,000 To North Dakota To Combat COVID-19
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $300,000 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians to prepare, prevent, and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities in North Dakota.
- Utah Medicaid Will Now Cover COVID-19 Testing For Uninsured
- Utah’s Medicaid program will now cover COVID-19 testing, including serology testing, for those without insurance. The funds come from federal appropriations separate from the CARES Act, and Utah received federal approval to offer the program. Anyone without insurance who meets Utah residency and citizenship requirements is eligible regardless of income.
- Michigan Grants Support Post-COVID-19 Robotics Work
- With a focus on autonomous technology and health safety, Michigan has awarded grants to five companies to develop systems for a post-COVID-19 future.
- (Washington) How Will Washington’s Justice System Return After COVID-19?
- The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted American’s adversarial system of justice like nothing before it, chipping away at the bedrock guarantee of American jurisprudence — the right to a trial by jury.
- Are thermal cameras a magic bullet for COVID-19 fever detection? There’s not enough evidence to know
- During the frenzy of the past few months to secure resources for the fight against COVID-19, the demand for technologies that promise to detect symptomatic individuals has been sky-high. However, not all proposed solutions work as advertised.
- NSA applies its talents to COVID-related security
- The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the nation’s security challenges. The attack surface has vastly increased as public- and private-sector organizations moved to mostly online and often remote operations. Additionally, public health groups and pharmaceutical companies have come into in the crosshairs of nation-state hackers.
- How is COVID-19 Changing Your Fleet?
- Automotive Fleet has launched its second round of surveys designed to take the pulse of the fleet industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Observing recovery through a climate 'magnifying glass'
- COVID-19 presented cities with fresh observations of climate trends, marking a crucial time for leaders to weave climate change mitigation into recovery efforts.