Key Government Guidance, Directives, and References in Response to Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19

The below list includes government-issued guidance and directives by agency pertaining to COVID-19 response.

Contract Performance and Cost Recovery

Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC)

  • The CARES Act creates the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) composed of federal offices of Inspector General to, “promote transparency and conduct and support oversight of covered funds and the Coronavirus response to (1) prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement; and (2) mitigate major risks that cut across program and agency boundaries.”

Small Business Association (SBA)

Department of Defense (DOD)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • FAQ: “Defense Pricing and Contracting, Acquisition and Sustainment” (April 17, 2020): Implementation guidance for Section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act responses to the most frequently asked questions.
  • FAQ: “Defense Pricing and Contracting, Acquisition and Sustainment” (April 3, 2020): Implementation guidance for Class Deviation 2020-O0010, Increased Progress Payments.

Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC): Acquisition & Sustainment Announcements

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

General Services Administration (GSA)

Class Deviations

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Resources

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Guidance on Procuring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)/Covered Material (June 8, 2020): As a general rule, USAID’s implementing partners must seek the prior written approval of the cognizant USAID Agreement or Contracting Officer(s) (AOs/COs) to procure “covered material” with any USAID funds. However, implementing partners may use USAID’s funding to procure this covered material without further approvals in either of the following two situations: (1) for the protection of, and use by, staff under both grants and contracts from USAID and (2) for the safe and effective continuity of USAID-funded programs, including for the protection of beneficiaries.
  • COVID-19 Implementing Partner Guidance Frequently Asked Questions (updated June 5, 2020).
  • Memorandum Authorizing COVID 19 Flexibilities Pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-20-17 (note: references OMB Memorandum M-20-17 listed above): Subject: “Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations.”
  • COVID-19 Guidance for Implementing Partners (March 12, 2020): “Information from the Office of Acquisition and Assistance in the Bureau for Management of the U.S. Agency for International Development.”

Government Accountability Office (GAO)

  • GAO Watch Blog (April 7, 2020): What is the Defense Production Act, and how is it being used in response to COVID019?

US Department of the Treasury

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is providing small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.

Government Agency and Department COVID-19 Reference Websites