GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: October 16, 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

  • Pandemic elevated CIOs' roles, NASCIO survey finds
    • The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made state chief information officers as prominent as they’ve ever been in their governments, according to an annual survey being released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
  • The pandemic exposed cybersecurity shortcomings, NASCIO study finds
    • Like their CIO colleagues, state chief information security officers have faced no shortage of new and sudden challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a biennial survey released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
  • Chatbots were a 'godsend' for states' pandemic responses, CIOs said
    • Machine learning-powered chatbots were instrumental in allowing states to deal with the “tsunami” of unemployment claims earlier this year, Arizona Chief Information Officer J.R. Sloan told a virtual conference audience.
  • How Indiana's data-privacy policies prepared the state for COVID-19
    • In an online conference hosted by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, Indiana Chief Privacy Officer Ted Cotterill encouraged other states to consider adopting his state’s privacy model, which he said was invaluable to policymakers this year as they responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Agency IT chiefs see ways to improve mission services in pandemic
    • The pandemic is pushing government agencies to bring agility to the mission and improve digital services for citizens, according to federal and industry IT leaders.
    • During the crisis, agencies were forced to accelerate key technology deployments to meet unexpected demands for online services and to improve secure remote work connections for employees, said IT leaders interviewed in a video series on preparing a future-ready government.
  • (Washington) Inslee Announces Statewide ‘Recovery Group’ for COVID-19
    • Inslee announced the creation of the Washington Recovery Group. Operating under the state Office of Financial Management (OFM), the group is intended to coordinate with state agencies to help in recovery efforts with local governments, higher education and the private sector, Inslee said.
  • U.S. tops 60,000 daily coronavirus infections for first time since early August
    • For the first time since early August, the number of newly reported coronavirus infections in the United States on Thursday topped 60,000. More than 36,000 people are hospitalized nationally with covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, amid a long-feared autumnal rise of infections and serious illnesses.

 

 

Funding and Economic Impact

 

 

Healthcare

 

 

Social Services

  • Still Slammed by Unemployment, States Try to Avoid Tax Hikes
    • As a historic wave of layoffs continues, states are grappling with evaporating funds for unemployment benefits that could force cuts to those payments or hikes in business taxes.
  • (West Virginia) SNAP Stretch program restarts with additional funding
    • West Virginia officials announced that benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now be stretched again at farmers markets, farm stands, mobile markets and local food retailers statewide thanks to a $100,000 allocation of federal CARES Act funding to the “SNAP Stretch” program.

 

 

K-12 Education

  • Wisconsin DPI records a 3% drop in public school enrollment amid COVID-19 pandemic
    • The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction announced a 3% drop in enrollment in public schools across the state for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • (New Hampshire) School Districts Seek More COVID-19 Relief Funding
    • Most of the state’s 276 school districts need financial help keeping the doors open safely during COVID-19 and could need as much as $70 million from the CARES Act state allocation.
  • Virginia Beach’s new online COVID dashboard offers virus stats by school
    • On the first day of the month, someone who later tested positive for the coronavirus was inside the Virginia Beach school administration headquarters. That same day, about six miles away, another positive case was inside Green Run High School. And two people bouncing along on two different school buses that day would also find out they had the coronavirus. That data comes courtesy of a “COVID Dashboard” the Virginia Beach school district unveiled Thursday on its website. The dashboard identifies each school — or school bus — that has a positive case and the date that the person was there, among other details.
  • (Florida) Which area schools have the most COVID-19 cases? What state data shows
    • A spokesperson for Duval County schools said the number of total cases on the district’s dashboard doesn’t match what the state is reporting because the dashboard only reports Duval County Public School employee or student cases impacting school operations, not the total number of employees or students diagnosed with COVID-19. Additional cases may be students or staff that are working or learning remotely.
  • (California) COVID-19 Pandemic Intensifies Disaster Recovery Challenges for K-12 Schools
    • Local education officials in disaster-affected areas said the pandemic exacerbated mental health issues, delayed recovery projects, and more. Officials said student mental health was a top priority but services needed to treat disaster-related issues were not readily available.
    • The U.S. Department of Education awarded nearly $1.4 billion to help schools recover from these disasters. Some local officials said the pandemic made it difficult to use these funds.
  • (Minnesota) During COVID-19, student enrollment is declining in Twin Cities public school districts
    • The pandemic appears to be driving the enrollment declines. Families are reporting that they are worried about being exposed to COVID-19 or not satisfied with the learning options their districts are offering.
  • Hirono, Booker Announce Legislation to Improve Distance and Blended Learning for K-12 Schools During COVID-19
    • Senator Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) announced their plan to introduce the Learning Opportunity and Achievement Act (LOAA), to improve distance and blended learning in public schools during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • LOAA combats instructional loss, particularly for at-risk and marginalized students, by providing support for professional development and training programs for teachers, tutoring and academic services, research and best practices, and other initiatives to enhance equity and access for all students.
  • Mass. School Districts, Parent Scientists Take COVID-19 Testing Into Their Own Hands
    • Six Boston-area districts have teamed up with a group of volunteer scientists as part of what is called the Safer Teachers, Safer Students: Back-to-School SARS-CoV-2 Testing Collaborative Pilot. The goal is to help public schools determine what kind of testing they may need and help them get it.

 

 

Higher Education

  • Pennsylvania state universities asks for $35 million more in state funding for 2021-22
    • With a goal of keeping education at the state’s 14 public universities affordable, the State System of Higher Education voted to ask the state to increase its appropriation for next year by nearly $10 million.
  • Freshman enrollment drops significantly at U.S. universities and community colleges.
    • Freshman enrollment has dropped more than 16 percent from last year at American colleges and universities — and by nearly a quarter at community colleges — as the threat of the coronavirus has disrupted the nation’s higher education system, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reported.
  • COVID-19 Insurance Issues in the Higher Education Community
    • With these institutional policy changes come certain categories of losses and liabilities, many of which colleges and universities have already been incurring, from lost revenue to college tuition refund lawsuits. As higher education institutions look toward the fall, they can expect to feel the impact of the pandemic in both continued and new forms.
  • Coronavirus cases surpass 5,000 in Michigan schools, colleges
    • Coronavirus cases connected to outbreaks in Michigan’s K-12 schools and colleges jumped 26 percent in a week, according to a state report.
    • The number of schools and colleges with outbreaks is up from the previous week, as are the number of cases, paralleling an increase in coronavirus cases statewide in recent weeks.
  • (Washington, DC) LeBlanc discusses pandemic’s impact on higher education with college leaders
    • In the panel, the attendees discussed topics like the role of universities in racial and socioeconomic injustices, as well as needed systematic change. Other areas addressed were ideas behind reducing tuition and costs for undergraduate students.
  • Montana Universities Expanding State’s Testing Capacities
    • Governor Bullock has announced an additional round of public health grants allocated toward tribal and local governments in need of further financial assistance. The Governor also announced that the University of Montana lab is planning to expand test sampling from 40 to 50 per day to 1,000 tests per day as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Justice & Public Safety

 

 

Transportation

 

Public Utilities

  • COVID-19 recovery funds dwarf clean energy investment needs
    • Governments around the globe are responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)–related economic crisis with unprecedented economic recovery packages (1), which at the time of writing surpassed USD 12 trillion.
  • Energy’s covid recovery
    • Many Environmentalists had hoped that one silver lining of the pandemic would be a drop-off in energy consumption, particularly the sort causing greenhouse-gas emissions. And indeed, in its latest World Energy Outlook report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that this spring consumption declined by 25% in countries under strict lockdowns, and by 18% in countries with more lenient ones. In total, the IEA expects energy demand to sink this year by 5%, with carbon-dioxide emissions from energy dropping even more rapidly, by 7%.