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All Things Protest: Coronavirus Impacts on Procurements and Protests

Crowell & Moring’s “All Things Protest” podcast keeps you up to date on major trends in bid protest litigation, key developments in high-profile cases, and best practices in state and federal procurement. In this episode, hosts Olivia Lynch, Rob Sneckenberg, and Christian Curran discuss impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on procurements and bid protests. […]
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COVID-19 Effects on Cleared Contractors

On March 30, 2020, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) published COVID-19 NISP Guidance to describe for cleared industry how DCSA will conduct its oversight mission during the pandemic. That guidance includes, among other things: DCSA has suspended all enhanced security vulnerability assessments (ESVA) and other on-site activities. DCSA Industrial Security Representatives (ISR) will […]
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A Federal CIO Tells Industry How it Can Help During Cronavirus Pandemic

“If an agency reaches out to a vendor … try to respond with urgency — with a sense of urgency that’s not usual,” Dorothy Aronson, the CIO of the National Science Foundation and co-chair of the federal CIO Council’s Workforce Committee, said March 31. Read the full post at Federal Times
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The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CARES Act, Title V): Background and State and Local Allocations

The sudden decline in economic output following the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly altered the fiscal outlook for state and local governments. A sizable share of economic output derives from state and local government activity. These governments are generally required to balance their operating budgets every one or two years. Early evidence suggests that the COVID-19 […]
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New Paid Sick Leave Requirements Impact Government Contractors

Recent legislation significantly expanded many workers’ entitlement to paid sick leave and paid family leave. These new benefits take effect on April 1st. Our employment and benefits experts have described those requirements in a series of posts, including overviews, and New York-specific considerations. Federal government contractors should pay particular attention to these new benefits and […]
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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program and SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Lifelines for Small...

With the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and funding for the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EDIL) unlocking a combined total of over $360 billion for loans to cover urgent business costs, including payroll costs, employee benefits and leave, mortgage interest payments, debt refinancing, rent and utilities, the CARES Act has extended an essential […]
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How to Prepare for the Paycheck Protection Program

The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program is part of the massive CARES Act that was signed into law on March 27. The PPP authorizes lenders to make fully-guaranteed Small Business Administration loans to small businesses to cover payroll and overhead costs for the next two months. Significantly, the loans will be forgiven to the extent […]
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The Sovereign Acts Doctrine: Understanding COVID-19 Implications for Your Government Contract

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced significant uncertainty for government contractors as agencies prepare for substantial disruptions, including the potential closure of military installations. Given the potential impacts the pandemic may have on ongoing contracting activities, we have identified a few best practices for contractors to bear in mind as the ongoing crisis persists: Get smart […]
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Dealing with Contract Alterations and Modifications Due to COVID-19

There are many questions facing contractors during this time of upheaval from the coronavirus and the impact on the federal government’s role buying from federal contractors. We’ll try to address as many of them as we can through our COVID-19 Contractors’ Toolkit. One of the biggest questions is what can be done if the government […]
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Winding Down: COVID-19 Work Stoppages & Suspensions

Many contractors are facing work stoppages or suspensions because of COVID-19—especially where working from home is not feasible. This blog post aims to provide a little bit of clarity about work stoppages, suspensions, and the FAR’s excusable delays provision. Government agencies can pause, or stop, work for several different reasons and in a number of […]
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