Federal agencies and contractors are working hard to address the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, work must stop. In others, the work will increase or change dramatically. While contractors should look to contracting officers for guidance with respect to specific contracts, agency-wide guidance documents are beginning to shed light on the government’s expectations. We will be using this blog entry to collect and share agency guidance on performance of government contracts during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Department of Defense—
- Civilian Personnel Guidance for DoD Components (Mar. 8, 2020). Risk-based measures to minimize risk to civilian personnel and a limited telework policy.
- Guidance for Personnel Traveling During the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (Mar. 11, 2020). Pre-travel and post-travel health guidance.
- Planning for Potential Novel Coronavirus Contract Impacts (Mar. 10, 2020). Contractors are encouraged to work with government program managers and requirements owners to determine if new measures need to be taken to ensure the welfare and safety of the workforce. Empowers contracting officers as the authority when contract performance is affected by COVID-19.
- The Role of Continuity in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response (Mar. 18, 2020). Reinforces the localized power of the Health Protection Conditions (HPCON) framework and Pandemic Plans that are developed by DoD Components.
- Contract Place of Performance — Public Health Considerations (Mar. 20, 2020). Extends the same telework flexibilities that are available to DoD service members and civilians to contractors, where appropriate.
- Determining and Making Commercial Item Procurements (Mar. 27, 2020). Lists class Commercial Item Determination (CID) to allow Contracting Officers maximum flexibility in awarding critical contracts for supplies and services related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a streamlined manner.
- Undefinitized Contract Actions, Class Deviation 2020-O0012 (Apr 3, 2020). For undefinitized contract actions (UCA), it removes the requirement in DFARS 217.7404-4(a) to limit obligations, if the UCA is related to the national emergency. It also allows the head of the contracting activity to waive the limitations in DFARS 217.7404(a)(1)(i), 217.7404-3(a), and 217.7404-4(a) for a UCA if the head determines the waiver is necessary due to the national emergency for COVID-19.
- Submission of Interim Vouchers under Classified Contracts, Class Deviation 2020-O0011 (Apr. 3, 2020). Directs contractors to submit interim vouchers under classified contracts to the payment office listed in the contract. The vouchers are provisionally approved by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).
- Progress Payment Rates, Class Deviation 2020-O0010 (Mar. 20, 2020). Increases progress payment rates at DFARS 232.502-2 for large business concerns to 90% and small business concerns to 95%.
- Progress Payment Rates Implementation Guidance (Apr. 3, 2020). Provides FAQs for Class Deviation 2020-O0010.
Department of the Army—
- Planning for Potential Novel Coronavirus Impacts (Mar. 12, 2020). Encourages increased communication, notes that contracting officers do not bear the responsibility to determine whether the excuse of COVID—19 applies, outlines causes for performance delays that are excusable and FAR provisions that excuse performance delays, and clarifies situations in which compensation is an option.