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Launch of GSA Coronavirus Procurement-Related Website

The General Services Administration (GSA) recently launched a website dedicated to Coronavirus Acquisition-Related Information and Resources. It’s our understanding that the website will be...

Up-to-the-Moment Status of COVID-19 Guidance on Contract Performance Impacts

By Marques O. Peterson, Kevin J. Slattum, Dinesh Dharmadasa, Michael R. Rizzo of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP On Friday, March 20, the Office of Management...

DoD Urges Contracting Officer Transparency in COVID-19 Impacts

The Department of Defense’s (“DoD”) Office of Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment issued Guidance on March 10, 2020, addressing internal and external communications in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. The Guidance states that the Contracting Officers (as distinguished from Program personnel) hold the contractual authority to address contract performance impacts related to […]
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The Impact of Coronavirus on Existing Commercial Leases

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting the ability of businesses to operate in their leased spaces. Governments are requiring closures of certain types of businesses or buildings, and in some instances landlords are electing to close their properties voluntarily. So what should a landlord or a tenant consider if a tenant is not permitted to operate from […]
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Covid-19 May Cause Disruption as Well as Delay

Last week our blog addressed delays and suspensions on government contracts as a result of Covid-19. However, some government contractors are not being told to stop work, but rather to work remotely to keep their projects going.  Remote work may not actually delay project completion, but it can make the work less efficient and have a […]
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The Defense Production Act Has Been Invoked — What Does This Mean For Your...

On March 18, 2020, the president invoked the Defense Production Act (DPA) in response to the COVID-19 crisis. For the moment, the Executive Order invoked the DPA for government contracts only for personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical products. The act, and its implementing system, Defense Priorities & Allocations System (DPAS), allow the Federal […]
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Defense Industrial Base and Other “Critical Infrastructure” Sectors Expected to Maintain Normal Work Schedule...

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD) issued guidance to clarify that the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and other “Critical Infrastructure Sectors” are expected to maintain their normal work schedules during the COVID-19 outbreak.  To slow the spread of COVID-19, many states and localities have issued “shelter-in-place” orders […]
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Bidding Federal Work During the Coronavirus Crisis

The coronavirus epidemic has disrupted our world in ways we could not have imagined a few weeks ago. In the midst of the crisis, the federal government is trying to do everything possible to keep businesses afloat, and that includes the continuation of current federal projects. We recently published a blog post addressing steps contractors should consider […]
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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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