Topic Archives: Coronavirus

The Basics of Undefinitized Contractual Actions (UCAs)

The federal contracting process is famous for its exacting approach to competitive procurement, which safeguards taxpayer funds and principles of fairness.  This emphasis on process, however, can slow the wheels of the acquisition machine.  The rapid spread of COVID-19, however, has required the government to use available tools to accelerate cash flow to contractors and ...›

May 5, 2020Coronavirus, Small Business

CARES SBA Loan Eligibility and Process (UPDATED)

(This post has been updated on May 5, 2020) The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) allows certain eligible companies and individuals to obtain loans of up to $10 million or 2.5 times the average monthly payroll costs over the last year, whichever is less, from the Small Business Administration (“SBA”). ...›

April 27, 2020Coronavirus, Small Business

House Passes a $484 Billion Relief Package; Treasury and the SBA Release New Guidelines for PPP Loans

On Thursday, April 23, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of the $484 billion relief package that passed in the Senate earlier this week. Once signed into law, the legislation will revive the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which had its initial $349 billion in appropriated funding exhausted just ...›

April 10, 2020Coronavirus, Small Business

SBA Overhauls the Disaster Loan Application Process in Response to the CARES Act

During these uncertain times, small businesses have been pursuing both Paycheck Protection Program and SBA Economic Injury Disaster loans.  Note, however, that Disaster loan applications submitted manually to the SBA prior to March 27 may require resubmission.  After the passage of the CARES Act, to expedite the loan processing, SBA streamlined the application process.  This ...›

April 9, 2020Coronavirus

Guidance Issued for CARES Act Relief For Contractors

In an earlier post concerning contractor relief under the CARES Act, we noted Section 3610 as one of the provisions most likely to benefit government contractors directly because it allowed for agencies to modify contracts to reimburse contractors for costs associated with paid leave (including sick leave) that were incurred to keep employees in a ready ...›

April 8, 2020Coronavirus

Congress, DoD Encourage Use of Other Transaction Authority in Response to COVID-19

Department of Defense (“DoD”) acquisition chief Ellen Lord earlier this week issued a memorandum reducing internal approvals required to issue other transactions (“OTs”) for prototype projects related to the national emergency declaration for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”).  Under the temporary authority, granted by Congress in Section 13006 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic ...›

April 7, 2020Coronavirus

DOD Clarifies Progress Payments Deviation

In one of its earliest moves to shore up cash flow for contractors that may be affected by the COVID-19, the DOD issued a deviation on March 20, 2020, allowed for an increase in progress‑payment rates under DOD contracts from 80 percent to 90 percent for large business concerns and from 90% to 95% for ...›

April 7, 2020Coronavirus

COVID-19: Getting Compensated for Delays and Disruptions

Government contractors continue to face disruptions from COVID-19 and the attempts to halt its spread: closures of government and contractor facilities, quarantined personnel, the inefficiencies of telework, delays and disruption in the supply chain, and uncertainty over how to apply the sometimes conflicting guidance provided by federal, state, and local authorities. On March 30, the ...›