Resources to Help Contractors Navigate the Government’s Response to Coronavirus

Posted by Nick Schiffler on March 27, 2020

Government response to COVID-19 for contractors

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to have a profound influence on public life, it has likewise made a major impact on how companies do business with the government. Federal departments, state agencies and local governments will all be relying on contractors more than ever in order to carry out the critical missions needed to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

GovWin is committed to providing businesses with visibility into upcoming, active and awarded contracts at the federal, state and local levels, and our research team of more than 150 market analysts will continue to provide analysis and insight into government spending tied to the COVID-19 outbreak. As a way to provide this visibility, our researchers have created a Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center, where you can find the latest information and implications for contracting at all levels of government.


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GovWin is also removing obstacles for businesses trying to locate information and government procurements tied to the ongoing COVID-19 response. Articles written on the government’s response are available for free to all in our Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center. Additionally, our clients are able to search for COVID-19 related contracts in the GovWin IQ platform, and can use the Federal Spending Analytics tool to get insight into how spending is developing.

In the coming weeks our research team will be hosting a webinar, COVID-19 Response: Implications for Government Contractors, where GovWin’s market analysis experts will address the business development impact of coronavirus-related policies on government contractors. And as new information comes out every day, our team will continue to support contractors with guidance to help navigate the current contracting environment.

Below we have summarized some key coronavirus resources and pieces of information that federal, state and local government contractors need to know. 

Coronavirus Resources for Federal Government Contractors

The federal government has responded in unprecedented fashion to address the health and economic impact of the coronavirus. Here are some of the key findings and analysis from GovWin’s Federal Market Analysis Team.

Active Federal Procurements to Support COVID-19 Response: The GovWin IQ database of government contracts have already tracked a large number of federal procurements tied to the coronavirus pandemic, in industry focus areas such as medical and scientific equipment, research and development, and operations and maintenance services.

A Breakdown of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act: This bill provides $8.3B in emergency funding for agencies, spending which is expected to take place in the immediate future as the act requires all funds to be used within FY 2020.

Implications in the Coronavirus Era for National Defense Resources Preparedness: More agencies will begin to identify emergency requirements to combat the coronavirus, which could lead to contractors being called on to ramp up production capacity and personnel to help fulfill these needs.

A Legislative Snapshot of Supplemental Funding for Coronavirus Response: Congress has passed two bills to broaden the medical response to the coronavirus, as well as to support vulnerable communities and small businesses.

OMB Answers Questions Surrounding Contractor Management During COVID-19 Response: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has provided guidance related to contractor management and emergency procurement that federal contractors should take note of as they prepare their own response strategies.

Coronavirus Resources for State and Local Government Contractors

Likewise, state agencies and local governments are enacting sweeping measures in their response to the ongoing outbreak. Below are some key pieces of research and guidance from GovWin’s State and Local Market Analysts.

SLED Market Response to COVID-19: Solicitations from states related to COVID-19 have already begun to be released, particularly in states like Florida, Iowa, Texas, Illinois and California.

Vendors Must Come to the Rescue of SLED Health Authorities in Early Response to the Coronavirus: The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 allocated more than $2B with significant impact on the SLED market.

Cooperative Purchasing Programs Responses to Coronavirus: As further federal funding is secured in response to the spread of COVID-19, cooperative purchasing programs can play a large role in assisting in the rapid response and service in the SLED government market.

New York State and City Pandemic Response Provide Early Template for Vendors: New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, and it is instructive to see how the state and city of New York have been responding to the outbreak as a representative case for the nation.

As the government’s response to the ongoing outbreak evolves over the coming weeks, our researchers will continue to track the latest information on government spending and procurement activity related to COVID-19. GovWin will continue to offer tools and resources that contractors can use to navigate the changing government marketplace.

Contact us here if you’re interested in finding out more about how GovWin is helping businesses navigate the government contracting market during the coronavirus outbreak.