Federal Agency Guidance On The COVID-19 Pandemic

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Federal agencies and contractors are working hard to address the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, work must stop. In others, the work will increase or change dramatically. While contractors should look to contracting officers for guidance with respect to specific contracts, agency-wide guidance documents are beginning to shed light on the government’s expectations. We will be using this blog entry to collect and share agency guidance on performance of government contracts during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Department of Defense—

Department of the Army—

  • Planning for Potential Novel Coronavirus Impacts (Mar. 12, 2020). Encourages increased communication, notes that contracting officers do not bear the responsibility to determine whether the excuse of COVID—19 applies, outlines causes for performance delays that are excusable and FAR provisions that excuse performance delays, and clarifies situations in which compensation is an option.

Defense Logistics Agency—

Washington Headquarters Services—

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—

  • Guidance on Hospital Conversions (Mar. 22, 2020). Provides guidance on Alternate Care Sites (ACS) to help states and municipalities develop facilities for ACSs and engage contractors to prepare them for medical use.

Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency—

Department of Labor—

Department of Veterans Affairs—

General Services Administration—

  • GSA COVID—19 Response Q&As (Mar. 27, 2020). Recommendations outlining how to manage COVID—19 in the arenas of real estate, acquisition, and government vehicles.

Office of Personnel Management—

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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