SmallGovCon Week In Review: April 13 – April 17, 2020

I hope all of our readers are doing well and staying healthy. Here at SmallGovCon, we’ve been monitoring the ongoing updates from the federal government for news relevant to federal contractors.

This week, our attorney-authors provided a few more updates about relief for contractors and other businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program as well as other governmental policies. Updates included the formal Paycheck Protection Program rules and guidance on applying for loans for independent contractors and partnerships, as well as SBA’s policies for HUBZone flexibility.

Unfortunately, SBA’s website now states that it is “currently unable to accept new applications for the Paycheck Protection Program based on available appropriations funding.” In other words, the funds have run out.

But there were many other stories as well, such as a prediction that CMMC will apply to all government procurements, use of the Defense Production Act, and DOD accommodating contractors affected by COVID-19.

  • DoD, ODNI sign ‘permission slips’ to keep contractors viable through the pandemic. [federalnewsnetwork]
  • DOD pulls the trigger on the DPA. [fcw.com]
  • Coronavirus Rattles the Defense Industrial Base. [nationaldefensemagazine]
  • Air Force, DoD rallies industry, academia, service members to combat COVID-19. [af.mil]
  • Pentagon to use Defense Production Act for $133 million in N95 masks. [federalnewsnetwork]
  • GAO to Pentagon: Practice the Cyber Policies You Preach. [nextgov]
  • CMMC standards for non-defense contractors could be coming. [fedscoop]
  • Growth in DOD Telework Capability May Outlive Coronavirus Pandemic. [defense.gov]
  • DOD Allows Payments to Contractors Who Cannot Work Due to COVID-19 Facility Closures or Other Restrictions. [defense.gov]
  • Contractor services needed now more than ever. [federalnewsnetwork]
  • Georgia Man Arrested for Attempting to Defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs in a Multimillion-Dollar COVID-19 Scam. [justice.gov]