GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 01, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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.

Word on the Street

(What our Analysts are hearing from government)

  • The Washington Department of Health has requested that unless absolutely essentially, to consider withholding any public records request while the staff members are working to support the COVID-19 response.
  • The District of Columbia Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is reporting the current COVID-19 situation is causing the MWAA to re-prioritize things related to procurement. The release of some solicitations will be delayed.

General 

  • (Wisconsin) Gov. Evers requests presidential disaster declaration in response to COVID-19 pandemic
    • Evers hopes the emergency declaration would allow the states to access critical programs to support its response, including community disaster loans, public assistance, direct assistance and crisis counseling
    • Voluntary isolation centers to open this week in Milwaukee and Madison
  • NLC, Bloomberg Philanthropies launch coronavirus action tracker
  • McMaster announces closure of non-essential businesses in South Carolina due to COVID-19
    • South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order Tuesday to close non-essential businesses across the state to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Gov. Pete Ricketts gives update on Nebraska's COVID-19 response
    • The Governor announced a new executive order to give healthcare facilities more flexibility to respond to COVID-19 on Tuesday.
  • Gov. Beshear asks businesses, services to help with Kentucky COVID-19 response
    • Governor Andy Beshear on Tuesday announced new steps to address the crisis, including measures to help grocery workers and the nursing industry.
    • The Governor also asked businesses and individuals if they have supplies or resources available, including hospital grade isolation gowns, respirators that are medical or industrial grade, nitrile gloves, face shields and other medical supplies.
  • State and local Democratic officials launch coronavirus policy tracker
  • ‘A Darwinian approach to federalism’: States confront new reality under Trump
    • State governors are getting more power from Trump, while fearing they lack the federal tools needed to fight the coronavirus crisis.
  • (California) Newsom Encouraging But Not Enforcing Social Distancing
  • EPA Relaxes Enforcement Because Of COVID-19, But State & Local Governments Do Most Oversight
  • Local governments grapple with public meetings in midst of covid-19
    • In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Tennessee Department of Revenue has extended the tax filing and payment deadlines for certain taxes.   More information regarding deadline extensions for these taxes can be found in important notice #20-05 and important notice #20-06 on the department’s website.
  • COVID-19: State Services in Georgia
    • The Georgia state government is open and working, but it’s not business as usual. Here’s what you should know about the state’s most-accessed services.
    • Services and Assistance Programs
      • SNAP and Other Social Benefit Programs - Family and Children Services implements prevention efforts. Governor increases the maximum benefit available to SNAP recipients.
      • Medicaid and Health Benefits - The Department of Community Health and Department of Family and Children Services have implemented special protocols for engaging with their staffs.
      • Unemployment Services - Department of Labor moves to online services. Governor Kemp expands unemployment benefits. The President signs the CARES Act.
      • Veterans Services - Veterans Services says to call or email before visiting field offices.
    • Government Operations and Public Participation
      • State Taxes - Department of Revenue temporarily suspending in-person services. Tax filing and payment deadline extended to July 15.
      • Federal Taxes - IRS extends tax filing and payment deadline to July 15 and introduces additional tax relief measures.
      • Stimulus Payment Checks - Detailed information not yet available. No action required by most people.
      • Elections and Voting - Georgia Presidential Primary postponed until May 19. Voting by absentee ballot strongly encouraged.
      • Census 2020 - Complete your Census 2020 form online, by phone or by mail to ensure a U.S. Census Bureau employee does not have to visit your home.
      • General Assembly - General Assembly suspends Legislative Session.
      • Georgia Tax Tribunal - April 7 session rescheduled for May. Filing deadlines tolled through April 13.
    • Support for Businesses
      • Small Business Loans - Application for small business emergency loans now open.
      • Paycheck Protection Program - Loans to help small businesses retain their employees.

Funding & Economic Impact 

Technology

Higher Education

  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos conference call readout with Higher Ed leaders
    • Major Highlights:
      • Increased temporary flexibilities given to accreditors so that they could provide short-term approval for distance learning programs and courses, conduct virtual site visits, and extend accreditation terms or provide good cause extensions during this national emergency.
      • Department took to provide student loan relief to borrowers including setting student loan interest rates to 0%, suspending student loan payments, and stopping wage garnishments. And created a six-month extension to those actions provided by the recently enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
      • Assistant Secretary Scott Stump of the Office for Career, Technical, and Adult Education discussed new flexibilities announced for Perkins V plan submission deadlines for community and technical colleges as they apply for federal support for career and technical education programs
      • Provides clarification, flexibilities, and supports to state adult education offices as states seek to provide continuity of operations for adult learners during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • California universities and colleges could provide hospital space if needed
    • During a press conference Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said if a coronavirus surge happens and there is a need for more hospital beds, the state could tap into about 5,000 beds identified in the University of California and California State University systems.
  • California nursing and medical students can apply for temporary licenses
    • The California Health Corps will give state licensing boards the flexibility to award temporary licenses and expand the scope of practice to health care professionals through June 30.
    • The University of California is relaxing admissions requirements for students who enroll in fall 2020 and the foreseeable future.
  • Most Loan Servicers Suspending Payment Requirements
    • Nearly all private student loan servicers are committing to let borrowers suspend making payments for up to three months, as stated by the Student Loan Servicing Alliance
  • Education Department's Proposed Distance Ed Rules
    • The proposed new rules would:
      • Emphasize demonstrated learning over seat time.
      • Remove confusion over whether a course is eligible for Title IV aid by defining "regular and substantive" interaction between students and instructors.
      • Clarify and simplify the requirements for direct assessment programs, including how to determine equivalent credit hours.
      • Add a definition of "juvenile justice facility" to ensure that incarcerated students remain Pell eligible.
      • Allow students enrolled in Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA)-eligible foreign institutions to complete up to 25 percent of their programs at an eligible U.S. institution. This provision is particularly important for students temporarily unable to attend courses abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Encourage employer participation in developing educational programs.
      • Create a new, student-centric system for disbursing Title IV, HEA assistance to students in subscription-based programs.
      • Require prompt action by the department on applications to participate, or continue to participate, as an eligible institution in the HEA, Title IV program. In the past, these applications have been stalled for months or even years.
  • Coronavirus Public Health Emergency Underscores Need for Department of Education’s Proposed Distance Learning Rules (USDOE)
    • Distance learning rules were finalized after more than a year of heated debate that was pushed to completion by the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Press release discusses the expedited process and rules and regulations to follow distance learning which is likely to continue through the end of the 2019-20 school year among most colleges

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Community Development/Housing