OMB's expanded easy-acquisition procedures will be useful tool as pandemic response continues, said a trade group executive.
The Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act offered by House Democrats expands telework, grants hazard pay to certain front line workers and would overturn a number of Trump administration workforce policies.
Customers including DOD and FEMA are pressing NASA's acquisition vehicle for faster quotes to support COVID-19 response.
The Department of Labor's compliance program office temporarily waived some contractor affirmative action requirements to speed up COVID-19 response.
The Trump administration wants hundreds of millions of dollars in extra funding to clean and secure federal buildings from exposure to coronavirus.
The Defense Department wants prototype solutions to combat the novel coronavirus disease and other emerging bio-threats, according to a March 15 request to industry.
Federal agencies are focused COVID-19 response telework, and telecom carriers are working to help so modernization promised under the $50 billion governmentwide next generation telecom contract will have to wait.
A March 18 executive order positions President Trump to invoke enhanced contracting powers granted under the Defense Production Act.
Special acquisition powers in a 1950 law could help the government obtain needed medical equipment in the coronavirus response.
It's unclear whether emergency measures to stem coronavirus' spread will affect DOD's roll out of its unified cybersecurity standard, but mitigation efforts will likely rely on teleconferencing for training.
Federal employees are recommended against domestic travel to conduct agency business, except for trips deemed mission-critical.
The agency is looking to bolster its technical capabilities to identify foreign propaganda online that targets specific audiences in the U.S.