GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: May 22, 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 

Procurement

  • Counties say IT spending remains a priority as budgets run dry
    • County officials from around the U.S. are saying that technology purchases helping their governments function remotely remain one of the most pressing investments, even as they stare into an abyss of depleted revenues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Florida made $283 million in deals because it feared COVID-19
    • Gov. Ron DeSantis has chastised the media for quoting public health modelers who predicted the state would run out of hospital bed space if he didn’t issue a state-wide stay-home order in April. But the governor’s emergency managers, using those same models, were so concerned they would run out of space that they signed $283 million in no-bid deals to build alternative hospitals to hold the overflow, a Times/Herald analysis has found.

Higher Education

  • CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
    • The US Department of Education issued a statement regarding HEERF and its guidance. The Department has stated on its guidance portal that “guidance documents lack the force and effect of law.” In addition, the Department reiterates its guidance that emergency financial aid grants under Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act may only be awarded based on eligibility in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, but emphasizes that that guidance is specific to the distribution of emergency financial aid grants. This does not apply to the use of HEERF institutional allocations to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
    • The Department also stated that it continues to consider the issue of eligibility for HEERF emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act and intends to take further action shortly.
  • (Colorado) Uncertainty Looms As CU System Prepares Budget For New Fiscal Year
    • CU regents decided that student fees and tuition rates will remain largely unchanged but is also facing a proposed 58 percent cut to higher education funding, a $493 million decrease approved by the state legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.
  • Idaho’s Higher Education Earthquake?
    • Gov. Little’s budget contained a provision requiring universities to undertake “budget reduction” and “cost containment” meaning the legislature wants schools to prioritize reducing “administrative overhead” and to eliminate spending that is “not integral to each institution’s core instructional mission.”
    • This is directed at that “institutional support,” or administrative costs, are on the rise, citing Boise State University’s rise from 5.6 percent of BSU’s budget in 2004 to 8.8 percent in 2018, while the percentage of the budget dedicated to teaching has fallen from 32 percent to 26 percent in the same period.
  • (California) UCs ditch the SAT and ACT — set out to make a “fairer” standardized test
    • The landmark decision reverses more than 50 years of the UC’s reliance on standardized tests to determine who gets into the vaunted public-university system, whose nine undergraduate campuses regularly appear on lists of the top institutions in the country. The decision also parts with the recommendations of the influential Academic Senate, which supported use of the SAT and ACT earlier in the spring.
    • This is likely going to happen throughout most of higher education this coming academic year, as well as coming years, with students facing cancelled SAT and ACT exams from COVID-19.

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

  • (Ohio) Personal data used in COVID-19 unemployment claims exposed in breach
    • Deloitte, which administers the program, notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) that about a dozen people were able to view other claimants’ data in that state
  • COVID-19 Has Staggering Impact on Tennessee Unemployment
    • Newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development revealed the state’s highest-ever unemployment rate amid the COVID-19 health emergency. The preliminary seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for April 2020 is 14.7%, which is an unprecedented spike of 11.4 percentage points when compared to March’s revised rate of 3.3%.
  • 4 million Southern California jobs may be at risk because of coronavirus, report finds
    • Southern California faces a dire economic outlook over the next two years, with high unemployment rates expected to linger through 2021 and many more jobs at risk than unemployment data may suggest, according to two new reports.
  • Unemployment Rate In Colorado Jumps To Record 11.3 Percent In April
    • As the state lost over 323,000 jobs due to the economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the largest job losses were in sectors including leisure and hospitality, education and health services, trade, transportation and utilities, professional and business services and construction sectors.

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Tracking the impact of coronavirus on the US power sector (recently updated)
    • The U.S. power sector, like everything else, is experiencing an unprecedented disruption as a result of the novel coronavirus. Changes to utility operations, lost business for solar, storage and other vendors are among many industry concerns. Utility Dive will continue reporting the pandemic's impact and will regularly update this tracker with their reporting and other valuable resources.