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Guidance for Federal Contractors During COVID-19

Posted By Elizabeth Sullivan, WIPP Advocacy Team, Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Multiple documents have been issued – and expect more in the coming days – with guidance for agencies and contractors on how to operate with the disruptions from COVID-19. Make sure to check wipp.org/coronavirus for ongoing business resources, and for the most up-to-date information on this list below, visit the MSGI websiteElizabeth Sullivan


Office of Management and Budget (OMB):

Memorandum to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Managing Federal Contract Performance Issues Associated with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management

  • Agencies should be flexible in providing extensions to performance dates if telework or other flexible work solutions, such as virtual work environments, are not possible, or if a contractor is unable to perform in a timely manner due to quarantining, social distancing, or other COVID-19 related interruptions

Harnessing Technology to Support Mission Continuity – Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management 

  • Administration directs that agencies utilize technology to the greatest extent practicable to support mission continuity

Department of Defense (DoD):

Class Deviation – Progress Payment Rates – Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director for Defense Pricing and Contracting

  • Pentagon will temporarily increase the percentages paid to contractors, known as periodic progress payments
    Increases the rate for contracts from 80% to 90% of incurred costs for large businesses
    For small businesses the rate will go from 90% to 95%

Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce – Ellen Lord, Under Secretary for Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule
  • The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce for the DIB includes workers who support the essential products and services required to meet national security commitments to the Federal Government and the U.S. Military

Contract Place of Performance – Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director for Defense Pricing and Contracting 

  • DoD providing maximum telework flexibility for contractors 

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