Nextgov: White House Updates Contracting and Technology Guidance for Federal Agencies

“Over the weekend, the Trump administration published several memo of additional guidance for federal employees, contractors and agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Days after directing agencies and departments to offer “maximum telework flexibilities” for federal employees, the Office of Management and Budget updated its agency guidance regarding millions of federal contractors…”

“The guidance, from OMB’s Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert, instructs agencies to do three main things:

Agencies are urged to work with their contractors, if they haven’t already, to evaluate and maximize telework for contractor employees, wherever possible.

Agencies should be flexible in providing extensions to performance dates if telework or other flexible work solutions, such as virtual work environments, are not possible, or if a contractor is unable to perform in a timely manner due to quarantining, social distancing, or other COVID-19 related interruptions…”

“OMB Issues New Technology Guidance for Agencies

On Sunday, Weichert and OMB issued guidance to agencies regarding how to use technology in response to the COVID-19 national emergency.

The memo directs agencies to “utilize technology to the greatest extent practicable to support mission continuity” and to “use the breadth of available technology capabilities to fulfill service gaps and deliver mission outcomes…” Read the full article here.

Source: White House Updates Contracting and Technology Guidance for Federal Agencies – By Frank Konkel, March 22, 2020. Nextgov.

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