With the myriad of federal actions taking place over the past couple of weeks, it is difficult to keep track of all the new COVID-19 Response websites, memoranda, press releases, and laws. For those companies who are currently doing business with the federal government or who want to do business with the federal government, below is a resource summary with links.
Health and Human Services (HHS) has established a centralized platform for receiving and vetting offers from the private and non-profit sectors to provide or produce PPE, ventilators and other critical supplies in response to COVID-19.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has established a website providing more information on selling and donating supplies and equipment.
- To donate medical supplies or equipment, provide FEMA details on what you are offering.
- To produce a product related to the COVID response – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
- To support the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.
The Department of Defense (DOD):
- Acquisition has established a central listing of COVID-19 Resources for federal contractors. Here DOD lists Memoranda, Class Deviations, OMB Resources, Military Component Memoranda and COVID-19 Acquisition.
- For example, within the DOD, the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)’s Commercial Item Group released guidance on determining the commerciality of the items needed in response to COVID-19.
- Through the Air Force, the DOD has established a portal to collect information and innovative ideas from government, industry, non-defense industry, academia, venture capital and individual contributors. AFWERX will group the submissions received and match them to one of seven response areas.
The General Services Administration (GSA) has established a central listing for OMB Guidance and Memoranda affecting federal contractors.
Additional agency news can be found below:
- HHS accepts donations of medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients
HHS today accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate donated by Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials.
- HHS Accelerates Clinical Trials, Prepares for Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines
HHS took steps today to speed the development and manufacturing of vaccines to prevent COVID-19, working with New Jersey-based Janssen Research & Development, part of Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- FDA on Signing of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bill, Including Landmark Over-the-Counter Drug Reform and User Fee Legislation
On Friday, the President signed into law a $2 trillion emergency relief bill that will continue to aid the response efforts and ease the economic impact of COVID-19.
- FDA expedites the review of diagnostic tests to combat COVID-19
The FDA has been providing unprecedented flexibility to labs and manufacturers to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the U.S. The FDA’s regulations have not hindered or been a roadblock to the rollout of tests during this pandemic.
- Enforcement Policy for Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices, and Air Purifiers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
FDA is issuing this guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability and capability of sterilizers, disinfectant devices, and air purifiers during this public health emergency.
- Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 2.0
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list.
- Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
The Department continues to aggressively partner with the defense industry to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 national emergency.
- Army Corps of Engineers Creates Alternative Care Facilities
Though the Army Corps of Engineers has done important work in the past seven days related to the coronavirus pandemic, transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks is more important, the commander of the Corps said.
- VA deploys Mobile Vet Centers to increase outreach during COVID-19 outbreak
The VA began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first of the mobile units was dispatched to various cities to include boroughs in New York City, a second unit was sent to San Francisco, followed by mobile centers going to New Orleans and Los Angeles.
As further central portals or critical websites are established to coordinate and manage the response to COVID-19, we will add them to this list.
Please visit our COVID-19 Toolkit for all of Taft’s updates on the coronavirus.