GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 08, 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

Higher Education

  • California University Researching COVID-19 Suffers Cyberattack
    • Hackers have been agressively and successfully targeting universities engaged in COVID-19 research, recent reports show. The rash of cyberattacks is the latest example of the willingness of cybercriminals and bad actors to target governments and public institutions as they work to contain the ongoing pandemic. 
  • Ohio lawmakers agree to fund $1.2B in construction projects
    • State lawmakers have dropped plans to de-fund hundreds of millions of dollars for previously approved construction projects for colleges and universities, as well as new soccer stadiums in Columbus and Cincinnati.

K-12 Education

  • (California) State Lawmakers Would Spare K-12 Schools COVID-19 Budget Cuts If Federal Aid Is On The Way
    • California Assembly and Senate leaders have announced they have agreed on a state budget that would rescind all cuts to K-12 and higher education that Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed
  • (Georgia) School budget cuts coming; the impact will vary by community
    • With Georgia’s economy thawing from a COVID-19 freeze, Gov. Brian Kemp had good news for schools and other government entities that are thirsty for state revenues: The money will flow a little better than he thought.
  • Report: No Way to Reopen Schools Safely Without Federal Bailout
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety recommendations for reopening, school districts will be forced to spend nearly $2 million per district that they hadn't budgeted for.
    • The cost analysis from the superintendents organization and the Association of School Business Officials International shows that in some cases school districts can expect to spend an additional $490 per student to cover costs associated with purchasing cleaning supplies, gloves, masks and other PPE, hiring additional custodial staff and nurses, etc. The additional expenses for an average school district of about 3,700 students total $1.8 million.
  • Indiana Voters Show Support for School Fund Increases
    • On primary election day, 14 school districts sought voter approval to exceed statewide property tax caps for construction projects or other expenses.
    • Of 18 referendums on ballots, 16 passed, according to preliminary results. The high approval rate follows three previous and less favorable elections in Indiana when voters defeated at least one-third of such measures.
  • CA lawmakers would spare K-12 school budget cuts if federal aid is on the way
    • California Assembly and Senate leaders announced they have agreed on a state budget that would rescind all cuts to K-12 and higher education that Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed. In order for this to happen Congress must pass and President Trump must sign an aid package for states that would include $14 billion for California.
    • Newsom hopes the Senate will approve the $3 trillion HEROES Act, and Newsom has proposed to tentatively cut programs now in the state budget that must be passed by June 30.
  • (New York) Board of Regents and State Education Department Announce Regional Reopening Task Force Meetings
    • The New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department announced four Regional School Reopening Task Force meetings will be held virtually to gather input needed to develop guidance and regulatory changes that will enable New York’s schools to continue safely educating their students this fall.
  • (New York) Gov. Cuomo to issue order extending deadline for school budget ballots
    • Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the deadline to submit absentee ballots in the upcoming primary elections, and said he'd issue an executive order extending the deadline for school districts to receive school budget ballots.

Health Care

Justice/Public Safety

  • Facial recognition bill falls flat in California legislature
    • A controversial California bill aimed at allowing businesses and government agencies to use facial recognition on customers stalled in the state legislature Wednesday, relieving privacy activists who argued the bill’s passage would’ve given too much leeway on how the controversial technology is used.

Transportation

  • How Transportation Innovation Can Support Covid-19 Recovery
    • The Covid-19 outbreak is a stress test to the resiliency and sustainability of transportation networks and infrastructure. As communities across the globe grapple with pandemic responses, the value of public-private partnerships and technology integration has never been more clear. Now, as we look to recovery, incorporating shared mobility and innovation into federal funding allocated for equitable, sustainable, and efficient transportation systems is urgently needed. 
  • Mobility Redefined
    • With lockdowns easing and service levels returning, the transit industry isn’t as concerned with rebounding as much as it is with reshaping.
  • (North Carolina) NC: Federal money expected to stop bus route cuts in Fayetteville
    • The Fayetteville Area System of Transit will get a $9 million grant that will keep the city from cutting services after the pandemic ends.

Public Utilities

Natural Resources/Environment