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Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Federal Contractor's Guide - Some Quick Points for Surviving and Thriving in This Unprecedented Environment
The spread of the COVID-19 virus and the unprecedented steps taken by federal, state and local authorities to contain it by shutting down or significantly altering normal business operations pose great challenges to government contractors in meeting the needs of their universal customer, the U.S. Government. Work spaces are closed. Supply chains are disrupted. Key employees may no longer be available to oversee critical operations - both on and off U.S. Government installations.
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Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Response - Locked In Paradise - Hawai`i Issues Robust Stay-at-Home and Mandatory Quarantine Orders for Visitors and Residents
This week, the State of Hawai`i instituted some of the most sweeping emergency orders in the country in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For tourists, tourism, federal employees, federal contractors, and the millions of island residents, this means a very different kind of stay while in paradise.
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Mar 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Department of Defense Issues Class Deviation, Increasing Certain Progress Payment Ceilings
As most government contractors are aware, progress payments are a form of contract financing in which the Government pays the contractor based on cost throughout performance of the contract, up to a cap dictated by the terms of the contract. On March 20, 2020 - "in response to the Coronavirus Disease" - the Department of Defense issued a Class Deviation to contract clauses DFARS 252.232-7004 and FAR 52.232-16, the effect of which is to increase the progress payment rates to 90% for large business concerns and 95% for small business concerns - an increase of 10% and 5%, respectively - from the customary progress payment rates established by DFARS 232.501-1. The Class Deviation provides that the change is to remain in effect until rescinded.
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Mar 25, 2020
COVID-19's Impact on the Government Construction Contractor's Performance: Recognizing and Implementing the Appropriate Claims and Defenses.
The impact of COVID-19; the ensuing delays and changes in the work; protecting the contractor's cash flow; and avoiding a default termination are now top-of-mind for every construction contractor. This article reviews delay principles, changes in the work, default and convenience terminations, illness of key personnel, stop work orders, and other considerations related to claims and defenses arising from COVID-19. Contractors must be alert to the practical aspects of entitlement and recovery under the clauses that come into play.
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Jul 12, 2021
DOD Awards $35.1 Million Contract to LightDeck Diagnostics to Increase Production Capacity of COVID-19 Point-of-Care Tests
On July 6, 2021, the Department of Defense (DOD), on behalf of and in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), awarded a $35.1 million contract to LightDeck Diagnostics to increase the production capacity of LightDeck's SARS-CoV-2 Ultra-Rapid Antigen and COVID-19 Total Antibody Tests.
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May 10, 2021
Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Government Contractors
An FPS interview with one of our top instructors, Deborah Nixon of Crosshair Advisors, LLC, on the effects the global pandemic has had on government contractors. First printed in April, 2021.
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Jun 26, 2020
Government Contracting: A Business Survival Guide for Government Contractors for the COVID-19 Pandemic
During this unprecedented time for our country, government contracting business leaders and owners should take steps to meet an action plan to manage the future of their businesses and contracts. The news surrounding the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is fluid, and the changes the disease has brought to our daily lives are shaping a new world. 
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Mar 20, 2020
Know Your Rights: Potential Impacts of COVID-19 on Construction Projects
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease) outbreak, and the resulting emergency declarations and quarantines in various cities and countries has the potential to negatively impact construction projects. The extent of the potential impacts on construction projects is unknown, but forward-looking contractors are already planning for possible labor shortages, material delays or unavailability, disruption to supply chains, and other impacts. Although contractors' positions will be dependent on specific contract clauses, it is critical that contractors understand their options in the face of the rapidly changing landscape. In many instances, the critical analysis starts with the "force majeure" clause.
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Jul 19, 2021
The Federal Government's Response to COVID - Spending
From USASpending.gov, this shows the updated amount spent on combating COVID-19
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Mar 26, 2020
Update on the COVID-19 Federal Contractor's Guide - The Office of Management and Budget Issues Critical Guidance Regarding Federal Contract Performance
On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Memorandum No. M-20-18, titled "Managing Federal Contract Performance Issues Associated With The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)." The Memorandum, directed to the heads of all Executive Departments and constituent federal agencies, provides key guidance on maintaining continued contract performance while respecting the need to protect the safety of the contracting community during this unprecedented time.