GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 12, 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.
- Pandemic accelerated states' identity and access management projects
- The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed myriad holes in government’s IT capabilities, and among those is a lack of maturity around managing user identity and access.
- Arkansas to enter ‘Phase 2’ amid spike
- Despite a recent spike in new cases, Arkansas will enter Phase 2 of recovery. Phase 2 allows for an increase in capacity of gyms, restaurants, salons and other businesses from one-third capacity to two-thirds.
- Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hits pause on lifting coronavirus restrictions with infections on the rise
- Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday evening that she has put all applications for further reopening across the state on hold for at least seven days after seeing a “concerning” increase in coronavirus infections.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Vermont House prepares $600 million Covid-19 spending package
- The Vermont House is racing to craft a roughly $600 million spending package using nearly half of the $1.25 billion the state received from the federal government in April to cover expenses related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
- A look into where Alabama’s $3.7 billion coronavirus relief money went
- About $1.9 billion in federal coronavirus relief money for Alabama received a lot of attention as lawmakers and Gov. Kay Ivey grappled for control of it. But that was only about half the total federal COVID-19 money flowing into the state under the federal CARES Act.
- The rest of the funds were mostly made available directly to state agencies through existing programs in order to address pressing needs at the beginning of the pandemic.
- (Washington) Centralia Signs Contract With State for Over $500,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funding
- The Centralia City Council approved the signing of an interagency agreement with the Washington State Department of Commerce in order to have access to a maximum of $515,100 in coronavirus relief funding.
- The city will be eligible for reimbursement for CARES Act eligible expenses incurred due to COVID-19 during the period from March 1 through Oct. 31, 2020.
- Nevada to disburse $148 million in coronavirus funds, Sisolak says
- Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the distribution of $148 million of CARES Act funding to help local governments across the state cover expenses incurred during the pandemic.
- (Maryland) State awards $1.6 million in grants to makers of personal protective equipment
- State officials have awarded $1.6 million in a second round of grants to companies that have switched production to personal protective equipment.
- The Maryland Department of Commerce said 25 state firms received grants from the state’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Manufacturing Fund in the latest round.
- How the State Pension Funding Gap Fares in an Unpredictable Economy
- The 50-state pension funding gap—the difference between state retirement systems’ assets and their liabilities—stood at $1.24 trillion at the end of 2018. However, losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic could increase shortfalls by up to $500 billion, based on market returns through April 2020.
- Tennessee Senate passes budget bills that authorize Lee to make funding decisions
- The Tennessee Senate passed three bills related to the budget, granting Gov. Bill Lee substantial authority in determining where additional spending cuts can be made.
- The legislation would allow Lee to continue working with departments and agencies to determine where cuts can be made without jeopardizing the agencies or their programs, Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, said on the Senate floor.
- DOJ awards over $2M in COVID-19 emergency supplemental funding to New Mexico
- As part of the Office of Justice Program’s Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding, the Department of Justice has awarded $2,044,990 to Albuquerque, Española, Gallup, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe County, and San Juan County.
- (Utah) Advocates plead with legislators to not cut funding for state’s most vulnerable people
- Advocates for nonprofits and charities that offer lifelines to the most vulnerable Utahns pleaded for legislators to use rainy day fund money rather than cutting budgets when they meet in special session Gov. Gary Herbert said will start June 18 to deal with revenue loss due to COVID-19 closures.
- Louisiana lawmakers socking away much of surplus in savings
- With a 100-0 vote Thursday, the House gave final passage and sent Gov. John Bel Edwards a state construction budget that doesn't spend all the surplus money on the table. Instead, the House and Senate propose to sock away about $200 million more than required into savings accounts during the ongoing special session.
- Grappling with budget shortfalls, Texas cities prepare for hard choices
- Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that local sales tax allocations for cities in June dropped by 1.1% in comparison with the same month last year
- Florida Budget Eyed For Cuts As Virus Hits State Revenues
- Florida TaxWatch wants more than $136 million in projects cut from the proposed state budget, but the fiscal-watchdog group acknowledges that might be far less than what is needed because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on state revenues.
- Connecticut could lose 60,000 jobs without additional stimulus funds, report says
- If Connecticut does not receive more stimulus money from the federal government, nearly 60,000 jobs in the state could be lost, hampering an economic recovery, an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute says.
- Virginia coronavirus update: Gov. Northam talks higher education reopening guidelines, revenue, more
- Northam said guidance for higher education institutions will be similar to the guidance for K-12 schools. All reopening plans must be based on the best available public health data, including the Virginia Department of Health's higher education testing guidance. The institutions will also have to follow all guidelines of the Forward Virginia plan.
- Director of the State Council of Higher Education Peter Blake stated that the plans must address the following conditions: repopulation of campus; monitoring health conditions to detect infection; containment to prevent spread of the disease when detected; shut-down considerations
- U.S. Department of Education Issues Rule to Protect American Taxpayers from Waste, Fraud, and Abuse, Ensure COVID-19 Relief Funds Get to Eligible Students
- The interim final rule (IFR) will provide certainty for institutions of higher education regarding which students are eligible to receive this emergency funding.
- State Board of Education hopes to provide every Mississippi child with device for distance learning
- The Mississippi Board of Education wants to provide 350,000 laptops and tablets to school-age children in Mississippi. They’re planning on using $250 million of state and federal money to supply every school-age child with a device for distance learning.
- Coronavirus: Florida governor, education commissioner release plan to reopen schools in fall
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced on Thursday a plan to re-open the state’s schools in the fall. The plan with use federal CARES Act funding and allows campuses to re-open in June.
- Internet could be lifeline for Nebraska students but statewide coverage is 'like a checkerboard'
- Public and private schools statewide are pushing to ensure that children can work remotely if necessary in the fall.
- The pandemic, like a statewide technology stress test, exposed weaknesses in Nebraska's Internet access, prompting calls for greater efforts to make Internet affordable and accessible to all families, whether urban or rural, poor or affluent.
- Gov. Ron DeSantis unveils plan to 'fully open' Florida's K-12 schools
- Gov. DeSantis announced state recommendations for a return to on-campus instruction in the upcoming school year, saying final plans for exactly if and how schools will reopen will be decided at a local level.
- The plan calls for opening campuses at full capacity at the start of the academic school year in adherence with guidelines and recommendations from state, local and national health officials.
- Washington schools expected to reopen this fall with in-person learning after long coronavirus closures
- Washington’s schools chief said that he expects school districts to reopen buildings and return to in-person learning next school year, as long as public health guidelines allow them to do so. The goal as stated by the schools chief is to resume regular, face-to-face schedules for most or all students at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
- (North Carolina) What will school look like in the fall? State Board approves new guidance
- The State Board of Education approved operational guidance for schools reopening in the fall that draws on guidance released by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
- The document states that with the exception of measures which are considered required, districts and schools have a lot of flexibility this fall.
- (Maine) State says it, not school districts, will decide when students can return
- The state, rather than local school boards, will determine when Maine students can return to classrooms this fall, according to the Maine Department of Education. In a draft framework the department said it will make a determination on reopening schools in consultation with officials from the Maine Emergency Management Agency and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
- 9 Million Students Lack Home Internet for Remote Learning
- As schools made a fast transition to remote learning amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, many students fell behind due to a lack of high-speed Internet connectivity within their homes.
- Arkansas Details Plan To Reopen Schools; State Logs 448 New Virus Cases
- Arkansas’ reopening plan, Arkansas Ready for Learning, aims to support local school districts moving from online classes to in-person classes in August.
- 4 stats on how COVID-19 affected healthcare utilization
- Fair Health examined how the COVID-19 pandemic affected healthcare utilization and revenue across the industry in general and seven specialties.
- (Wisconsin) $40 million in funding to help hospitals with COVID-19 losses
- Gov. Tony Evers announced hospitals across Wisconsin will receive direct payments from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to assist with lost revenue and expenses they’ve incurred related to the COVID-19 pandemic in March, April, and May 2020.
- (Alabama) COVID-19 funding disparities in hospitals
- New health data shows disparities between how federal money was distributed to hospitals as part of the CARES Act and Alabama appears to have gotten less aid.
- (Illinois) Cook County Receives $41M from State for COVID-19 Contact Tracing
- The Cook County Department of Public Health will scale up its COVID-19 contact tracing program within the next six months, thanks to a $41 million grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
- (Kansas) Governor Kelly announces statewide COVID-19 testing strategy
- The governor announced the state’s plan to expand COVID-19 testing. She said the goal is to test two-percent of the population or sixty-thousand people every month, and continue through the end of the year.
- (New Jersey) Rutgers to Support Statewide COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program
- The Rutgers School of Public Health is working with the New Jersey Department of Health to prepare a diverse contact tracing workforce that will initially include students studying public health, social work and related fields at Rutgers and other schools across the state
- Kansas Aims To Test 60K People Monthly For Rest Of Year
- Governor Kelly of Kansas intends to test 60,000 residents monthly through the calendar year to better control and respond to outbreaks of COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will help meet this goal by delivering large quantities of testing supplies according to the Governor.
- Garcetti, Other Mayors Push State For Homeless Funding Amid Coronavirus
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido joined their counterparts from other large California cities Wednesday, calling on the state to approve millions of dollars to address the homelessness crisis during, and beyond, the coronavirus pandemic.
- (Connecticut) Hartford City Council Votes to Cut Police Budget
- Hartford's City Council voted Thursday in support of cutting $1 million from the police department's budget of over $40 million and redistributing the money to other city departments. The proposal represents a 3.5% cut to the current year's $46.6 million police budget, including a reduction of $677,000 that Mayor Luke Bronin, a Democrat, had already suggested in his city budget.
- (Maine) ME: Mills administration backtracks on testing for out-of-state tourists on transit
- Maine has removed online guidance that out-of-state visitors should receive a negative COVID-19 test before using public transportation, taking the step a day after the rule sparked confusion among some transit agencies.
- (Washington) WA: King County Metro will cut bus service 15% due to coronavirus-sparked recession this fall
- Faced with nine-figure losses in retail sales-tax income, King County Metro Transit says it will run only 85% of its pre-coronavirus service when the agency reshuffles its network in mid-September.
- (Texas) TX: Nirenberg to VIA: Hands off sales tax revenue, at least for now
- A quiet battle of wills is developing between Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff on one side and the VIA Metropolitan Transit board on the other over money that both dearly want to shore up services devastated by the COVID-19 crisis.
- (New York) NY: Concerns over planned Hylan Boulevard bus lane expansion
- A lack of community input and concrete details has two Staten Island elected officials concerned about the recently announced bus lane expansion along Hylan Boulevard.
- As Transit Reopens, Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 Unknown
- Transit systems across the country are beginning to expand their service schedules in the wake of the novel coronavirus, but some changes made in response to the crisis will linger. For one, safety measures are here to stay.
- Booming Illinois solar industry falls off ‘funding cliff’
- Illinois went from a solar laggard to one of the hottest U.S. markets thanks to the Future Energy Jobs Act — a sweeping energy law signed in 2016 that is spurring hundreds of millions of dollars of new investment.
- But the boom is just as quickly turning to bust due to the one-two punch of COVID-19-related challenges that are slowing both sales and installations and a funding crunch that could starve the industry for years to come.
- Utility-scale solar to soar in 2020, despite COVID, while coal decline accelerates, SEIA, EIA project
- The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic recession have led to dramatic shifts in power demand across the electricity sector this year, while supply chain and labor disruptions have impacted power resources across the board.