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State COVID-19 Lockdowns: What Contractors Operating in “Lockdown” Areas Need to Know

As the federal government continues taking steps to mitigate the unfolding COVID-19 public health emergency, state and local governments have started issuing “lockdown” or “stay at home” orders. These orders, among other things, place significant restrictions on or mandate the closure of non-essential businesses. Government contractors with operations in these jurisdictions must understand the scope […]
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The Defense Production Act: A Little Known Statute That May Soon Be Running Your...

Last week, the President invoked a Cold War-era law called the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 4501 et seq., to acquire much-needed medical supplies and equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Although a handful of provisions of the DPA – such as “rated” orders – may be familiar, particularly to those in the defense industry, […]
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Sole-Source Options for Agencies During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The current COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the federal government to take drastic measures. It has altered many aspects of federal contracting for contractors and agencies alike. During these trying times, agencies also have the authority to streamline some contracting procedures. Read the full post at SmallGovCon
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OMB Issues Additional Guidance to Grant Recipients

As signaled as a possibility in its March 9, 2020 guidance in Memorandum M-20-11, the Office of Management and Budget issued Memorandum M-20-17 on March 19 to provide short term administrative, financial management and audit relief from the 2 CFR Part 200 Uniform Guidance requirements to a broader scope of recipients of grants and Federal financial assistance […]
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GSA Federal Supply Schedules Contracts and the Coronavirus: Risks and Rewards

The largest active buyer in the market right now remains the federal government. FSS is an important tool for the government to get supplies and services, but do not be fooled. With these potential opportunities, there also are potential risks for FSS contractors that fail to follow the terms and conditions of their FSS contracts […]
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Increased Progress Payments: DoD Adjusts Procurement Rules to Increase Liquidity

Last Friday the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a deviation that will permit it to increase Progress Payments from 80% to 90% for large businesses and 85% to 95% for small businesses.  Where the provision is included, this contract financing mechanism authorizes the federal government to pay contractors 90% of the total costs they have incurred […]
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Litigation Advisory: Guidance for In-House Litigation Counsel Regarding COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant confusion within federal and state courts. There is no uniform federal court approach towards closures or deadlines, and even less consistency among the state courts. And the approaches change, seemingly daily. This patchwork quilt has led to complicated decision-making processes for in-house counsel and their outside litigation teams regarding […]
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Now Available: Federal Contractors’ Guide to Coronavirus Contract Impacts

Federal contractors have been, and continue to be impacted by COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences such as suspensions of work, performance delays, extra costs, contract terminations and the like. To make matters more challenging, the government has failed to issue comprehensive guidance to contractors on how to systematically and consistently deal with the coronavirus’ impacts […]
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Announcing the COVID-19 Contractors’ Toolkit

To address the unique challenges facing federal contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic, SmallGovCon is launching the COVID-19 Contractor’s Toolkit. The goal is to provide relevant and useful information for government contractors about contract requirements, best practices, and advocacy options. While every business will have its own unique challenges, it’s our hope to offer general information to guide decision making for federal contractors in these unprecedented times. […]
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Administrative Relief for USAID Grant Recipients and Applicants Impacted by COVID-19

On March 19, 2020 the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) issued Memorandum M-20-17, “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations.”  The memorandum details the administrative relief available to an expanded scope of grant recipients and applicants, both by reminding […]
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