Monday, March 23, 2020

Guidance for Federal Contractors During COVID-19

By Elizabeth Sullivan

Multiple documents have been issued – and expect more in the coming days – with guidance for agencies and contractors on how to operate with the disruptions from COVID-19. GSA recently launched a site consolidating the governmentwide guidance: https://www.acquisition.gov/coronavirus

Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

Department of Defense (DoD):
  • Class Deviation – Progress Payment Rates – Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director for Defense Pricing and Contracting
    • Pentagon will temporarily increase the percentages paid to contractors, known as periodic progress payments
      • Increases the rate for contracts from 80% to 90% of incurred costs for large businesses
      • For small businesses the rate will go from 90% to 95%
  • Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce – Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, Ellen Lord 
    • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule
    • The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for the DIB includes workers who support the essential products and services required to meet national security commitments to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military

General Services Administration (GSA):
  • Disaster Response Registry Contractors can register in SAM with COVID-19 related capability statements and product offerings

Small Business Administration (SBA):
Additional Agencies:

Additional Resources:
  • PilieroMazza did a webinar around COVID-19 impact for employers, and specifically federal contractors here. They also did a blog on additional agency guidance here.
  • Guidance for grant recipients from Crowell & Moring



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