GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: June 25, 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

  • UT-Austin has largest share of $78 million in system cuts
    • The University of Texas System’s eight universities plan nearly $78 million in spending cuts in response to a request that state agencies slash their budgets ahead of the 2021 legislative session.
  • (Washington) Inslee releases plan to restart higher education in the fall
    • Included in the health guidance are requirements already in place across much of the state. Masks, limits on class size, symptom monitoring, personal protective equipment availability and approval from local health districts. These requirements are in addition, not a substitute for, health requirements already in place.
    • Understanding that not every campus is the same, each institution will develop and implement its own Safe Back-to-School Plan. Higher education institutions have already been working with their local health jurisdictions throughout this pandemic, and that is expected to continue.
  • Higher Education and COVID-19: New York State Issues Phase Four Guidance
    • The detailed reopening guidelines published as “Interim Guidance for Higher Education” requires the affirmation of each institution of higher education, including, but not limited to, community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools, and requires each of these institutions to develop and submit a reopening plan consistent with the state’s guidance.
    • Colleges and universities will need to ensure sufficient PPE for employees and must develop plans for screening and diagnostic testing of students and faculty, with mandatory regular health screenings to be implemented daily for employees and periodically for students.
  • (Massachusetts) Moloney: Now’s the Time to Reimagine Higher Education
    • UMass Lowell Chancellor Moloney said colleges and universities need to “reimagine” the way they teach students to help them adapt and thrive in a post-COVID-19 world. Well before COVID-19, higher education faced declining enrollments and campus closures because of changing demographics, rising student debt and shifts in public funding. Moloney said the pandemic has magnified those challenges.

K-12 Education

  • (Maryland) Governor announces $45M+ in coronavirus-related education funding
    • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced the commitment of more than $45.6 million in additional education funding for K-12 technology improvements, community college workforce development programs, rural broadband initiatives and other priorities in every jurisdiction in Maryland, particularly those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • 'A Real Crisis:' Colorado School Districts Tackle Budget Cuts And Lots Of Coronavirus Unknowns
    • Lawmakers had to remove so much money from the state education budget next year, it brought some of them to tears.
  • Arizona schools to split $270M to help reopen during COVID-19 pandemic
    • Arizona schools will divide up $270 million in federal cash to help them get started when classes resume. The plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Doug Ducey includes $200 million from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act to protect schools against budget shortfalls due to anticipated enrollment declines.
  • (Louisiana) Dept. of Education releases guidelines for the 2020-2021 reopening of K-12 schools
    • While each district will ultimately decide how schools will operate, the guidelines offer best practices that encourage districts to prepare for three possible reopening scenarios: traditional, hybrid or distance/remote learning.
    • Along with the resources released in the guideline mentioned above, schools and districts will have access to additional support through webinars and via a hotline.
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Increases Ransomware Targeting of K-12 Schools
    • With the uptick in remote working, learning and connections, brought on by COVID-19, the ransomware risks to K-12 institutions have only increased. Several factors, including lack of resources and the sensitivity of data held by K-12 institutions, often increase the pressure to pay ransoms and therefore, make institutions an attractive target for attackers.
  • Ducey unveils aid package to help keep Arizona's K-12 schools afloat during pandemic
    • Currently, the state relies on physical attendance to calculate enrollment and school funding, meaning staggered attendance or distance learning measures implemented to protect students and teachers would hurt schools' bottom lines. While a state funding pathway for online instruction does exist, it funds online learners at a lower rate than in-person learners and does not allow for hybrid models that combine classroom and virtual learning.
    • Gov. Doug Ducey's new executive order gives schools the flexibility to offer hybrid options without major financial penalties and exempts certain procurement rules for COVID-19-related purchases.
  • (Wisconsin) Reopening K-12 Schools Is Exposing Clear Disparities Between Districts
    • DPI Senior Policy Advisor Jennifer Kammerud said Wisconsin’s public and private schools could face multiple scenarios related to the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Resuming school will present other challenges educators have said. Existing socioeconomic discrepancies between school districts and among students within the same district were made worse by at-home learning, widening the gap between students who do well in school and those who do not.
  • (South Dakota) Gov. Noem Addresses Coronavirus Problems For Schools, State Fair
    • Governor Noem is pushing for school to bring students into classrooms at least part of the time during the upcoming school year and will leave it up to school districts to determine exactly what instruction looks like.
  • DeVos issues rule steering more virus aid to private schools
    • The Trump administration on Thursday moved forward with a policy ordering public schools across the U.S. to share coronavirus relief funding with private schools at a higher rate than federal law typically requires.

Health Care

  • FCC’s COVID Telehealth Funding Grants Rise to $157M
    • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that the total value of funding grants under its COVID-19 Telehealth Program rose to $157 million, after the agency approved $29.4 million of new grants.
  • Mental health spending may be up because of COVID-19
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has upended health care spending by employers who offer health insurance. They appear to be spending more right now on mental health services, according to a new survey from the accounting firm PwC.

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • Illinois courts' response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Issue 4
    • As businesses and courthouses around the country begin to reopen, challenges remain for litigators resuming their cases. The rapid pace of emergency court orders in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has slowed and civil deadlines are no longer being extended. But courts have continued issuing orders postponing jury trial dates, effectively halting litigation after the dispositive motion stage.
  • How U.S. Prisons Became Ground Zero for Covid-19
    • Tight quarters, strained hygiene practices and guards moving to and from their community put prisons at risk of becoming coronavirus hotbeds.

Transportation

  • (New York) MTA facing ‘financial calamity’
    • Without additional financial support, MTA says its historic capital program could be delayed or reduced, workforce levels could be cut and fares could increase among other measures.
  • (Georgia) Chatham transit officials extend COVID-19 emergency measures through late July
    • Local buses will continue operating with COVID-19 safety measures, suspended fares, and reduced services through most of July after Chatham Area Transit officials voted to extend these emergency procedures during their monthly meeting on Tuesday morning.
  • FMCSA Extends COVID-19 License Relief
    • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it will continue to recognize recently expired drivers’ licenses and medical cards, recognizing the reductions in licensing services caused by COVID-19.

Public Utilities