GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 09, 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

  • Local governments find remote work to be 'starting over' point
    • The coronavirus pandemic forced municipal governments around the country to expand their remote workforce rapidly, but county officials said that the learning curve will help them make smarter technology decisions in the future.
  •  (Kansas) Kelly signs revised pandemic emergency authority bill
    • Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Monday that resulted from last week's legislative special session, which limits her authority during the Covid-19 pandemic while giving more say to county officials and the state legislature.
  • Government Employment Continues to Shrink as Total Jobs Rise
    • While most sectors saw month-over-month growth in employment, the government continued losing workers in the latest jobs report — a trend not unexpected given agencies' reliance on tax and fee revenue.
  • Voting delays, long lines bring chaos to Georgia primaries
    • Some voters waited more than three hours to cast ballots on Tuesday amid reports of voting machine malfunctions in Georgia, a general election battleground, which held twice-delayed primary elections with a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus.

Funding & Economic Impact

Higher Education

  • North Dakota State Board of Higher Education passes policy to protect students privacy
    • On behalf of the North Dakota Student Association, a resolution was created to protect student’s personal information from third-party vendors and various third-party websites that schools may utilize. This will forbid the 11 public colleges, throughout the state, to sell or release any student’s information for advertising reasons.
    • With distance learning, many education programs have been outsourcing in order to conduct classes.
  • (Maryland) USM Chancellor Perman: 'We will not have Covid-free campuses.'
    • Most of the state's colleges, including the 12 institutions overseen by the University System of Maryland, have said they plan to reopen campuses for at least some in-person learning come fall.
    • Institutions have laid out reopening action plans that include heightened safety protocols like requiring masks to be worn in all buildings and learning spaces, limiting non-academic campus events, obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for all essential staff, increasing facilities cleaning schedules and reducing on-campus housing capacity by at least a third in most cases.

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Community Development/Housing

  • (Maryland) Baltimore County Announces COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program For Residents
    • Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a new initiative to assist county residents who are in danger of eviction due to a COVID-19 related financial crisis.
    • The program’s initial phase will provide $1 million in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.
  • Feds Pump Millions Into Disability Housing As Part Of Coronavirus Relief
    • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is making available nearly $77 million to support as many as 8,300 housing vouchers for people with disabilities.
  • Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Launches COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage Relief Lottery For Affected Alaskans
    • Beginning June 15, Alaskans whose income has been hurt by COVID-19 can apply for a chance to receive rent or mortgage assistance from federal funds provided through the state to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The program will use the $10 million provided to the corporation as part of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's distribution plan for the federal CARES Act funding provided to the state. AHFC spokesperson Stacy Barnes estimates the program will provide assistance to 8,000 to 12,000 Alaskans.