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Life After COVID-19

Bloomberg on 7/6/20: Employers find testing employees is more trouble than its worth

The Guardian on 6/26/20: Dystopia or Utopia? The Future of Cities Could Go Either Way

WSJ on 6/17/20: When Workers Can Live Anywhere, Many Ask: Why Do I Live Here? 

Building Design + Construction on 6/9/20: Going Viral: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Architecture and Building Design

Wall Street Journal on 6/6/20: Who Needs Cities When We All Work From Home?

Greenwich Time on 6/1/20: The Pandemic is Making People Reconsider City Living, Trading Traffic for Chickens

The National Post on 5/30/20: In the New Downtown Future, Devoid of Office Workers, Every Day Could be Sunday

Jacobs on 5/28/20: When Transportation and Healthcare Intersect

The Hill on 5/17/20: The New Geography of America, Post-Coronavirus

Forbes on 5/16/20: 3 Things to Consider in Preparation for Future Waves of The Coronavirus

Forbes on 5/13/20: What’s Next for Construction and Contech After Covid-19?

Politico on 5/13/20: How Coronavirus Could Make People Move

CNBC on 5/11/20: Workplaces Will Not Be the Same Again After the Coronavirus Lockdown

WSJ on 5/2/20: The Covid Recovery Comes Down to Engineering

Foreign Policy on 5/1/20: How Life in our Cities will Look After the Coronavirus Pandemic

CNN on 5/9/20: Our Cities May Never Look the Same After the Pandemic

ENR on 4/29/20: 2020 Top 500 Design Firms: Will COVID-19 Change Design?

Axios on 4/1/20: How the Pandemic Will Change Cities

 

SBA and Treasury released FAQs on PPP loan forgiveness.

CARES Act site for information on the Paycheck Protection Program.

Treasury and SBA released additional information on PPP loan forgiveness.

SBA released a revised PPP loan forgiveness application and an EZ loan forgiveness application available to certain borrowers.

SBA released a revised interim final rule on PPP loan forgiveness as well as further revisions to the IFR (see attachment).

The IRS issued Notice 2020-29 to provide flexibility in contributions to flexible spending accounts (FSAs).

The IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2020-24 to provide guidance on the net operating loss relief in the CARES Act.

The IRS issued guidance on deferral of employment tax deposits and payments through December 31, 2020.

The IRS issued Rev. Proc. 2020-22 to provide guidance on the Section 163j interest deductibility relief provisions in the CARES Act.

Treasury and the Federal Reserve announced a new lending program for small and mid-sized businesses, with additional details here.

The IRS released Rev. Proc. 2020-23 to allow partnerships to file amended returns for 2018 and 2019 in order to claim retroactive tax relief under the CARES Act.

IRS Notice 2020-22 provides relief for employers from penalties for failure to deposit employment taxes in connection with the payroll tax provisions in the FFCRA and the CARES Act.

The IRS has released guidance on the payroll tax credits connected to the FFCRA emergency paid leave, and Form 7200 for advance payment of these tax credits.

Treasury and the IRS released guidance on how employers may qualify for the employee retention tax credit in the CARES Act.  The tax credit is available to employers whose business is fully or partially suspended by government order due to COVID-19, or if the employer’s gross receipts are below 50 percent of the comparable quarter in 2019. 

The IRS issued a set of FAQs about its Notice 2020-18 that delayed tax filing and payments for 2019 taxes until July 15, 2020.

DOL issued a temporary rule to implement the emergency paid leave provisions in the FFCRA.

Fact sheet on COVID-19 and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Fact sheet on COVID-19 and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Required poster on emergency paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA:)

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The Department of Labor issued a field assistance bulletin regarding a temporary non-enforcement period related to the emergency paid leave provisions in the FFCRA.

The Department of Labor released new guidance explaining the emergency paid leave and paid sick leave under HR 6201.

This Secretary of the Navy website has the latest Department of the Navy information regarding COVID-19 and is updated regularly.

Information and resources from the Army Office of Small Business Programs and Air Force Small Business..

DOD: DPC memo Class Deviation 2020-O0013 - CARES Act Section 3610 Implementation This deviation addresses section 3610 of the CARES Act which allows agencies to reimburse contractors for payment to workers who are prevented from working due to COVID-19 facility closures or other restrictions.

Resources Available for Connecting Industry Capabilities to Requirements in Support of COVID-19 Response.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to host a webinar on April 9 updating its COVID-19 Response.

This DOD Office of Industrial Policy webpage provides resources for companies and other stakeholders as they navigate the complexities associated with the virus.

DOD's Managing Defense Contracts Impacts of the Novel Coronavirus memorandum provides general guidance on alternatives available to address performance-related issues resulting from COVID-

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers consolidated information to states and federal entities related to COVID-19 hospital construction.

The Department of Defense provided this memorandum to industry associations to describe how they are providing military and federal civilian employees exemptions to carry out their mission essential functions.

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) sent a memorandum to its contractors on how to stay protected and to work together to meet project goals.

DOD memo released: Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce    

US Army Corps of Engineers Commander LTG Todd Semonite has laid out the Corps' road ahead for retrofitting buildings into medical facilities. Watch: https://youtu.be/csfCKuy5HH8 

The DHS Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency has released an Advisory Memorandum On Identification Of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During Covid-19 Response.

The National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) is FEMA's virtual clearinghouse for two-way information sharing between public and private sector stakeholders to help people before, during, and after disasters. The NBEOC offers a platform to share information on impacts, operating status, and recovery challenges, as well as access to information to support business continuity decisions, and integration into planning, training, and exercises.

Emergency Support Function #3 is structured to provide public works and engineering-related support for the changing requirements of domestic incident management to include preparedness, response, and recovery actions.

Emergency Support Function #14 is designed to align and support cross-sector operations among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and government partners to stabilize community lifelines, as well as any impacted National Critical Functions.

FEMA released a memorandum on Emergency Support Function #14, which is designed to align and support cross-sector operations among infrastructure owners and operators, businesses, and government partners to stabilize community lifelines, as well as any impacted National Critical Functions.

Here is the link to the Federal Emergency Management Administration's (FEMA) National Business Emergency Operations Center.

Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency released guidance on the identification of essential critical infrastructure workers during COVID-19 response. Read it here (released on 3/19/20)

The Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum that identifies steps to help ensure contractor safety while maintaining continued contract performance in support of agency missions.

This memorandum approves a class deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to allow GSA to provide accelerated payments to small business contractors, with a goal of 15 days after receipt of a proper invoice.

This letter authorizes a class deviation to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 to provide for accelerated payments to contractors that are small businesses, and to small business subcontractors by accelerating payments to their prime contractors.

Guidance Regarding Acquisitions and Contracts for GSA Essential Critical Infrastructure Activities and Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

ACEC's Advocacy Team has put together a summary of the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which would authorize transportation, energy, water, brownfields, broadband, public housing, health care facilities, and public school construction programs and funding over five years. The bill totals approximately $1.5 trillion in investment from FY 2021-25.

The full bill text of the CARES Act, which passed the Senate on 3/25/20 is available here. To read a section by section analysis of the Act, click here. And click here to view the Senate Appropriations Committee's supplemental summary.

ACEC’s advocacy team put together a summary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, S 3548), economic stimulus legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader McConnell

ACEC statement on Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) dated 7/2/20

ACEC Letter on the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2) dated 6/30/2020

ACEC Letter on the INVEST Act dated 6/16/20

Coalition letter to Congress calling for temporary COVID-19 Liability Protection

ACEC letter to Members of Congress urging support for the PPP Flexibility Act and calling out additional problem areas.

Coalition letter calling for OMB intervention on potential impact of PPP loan forgiveness on firm rates.

ACEC letter to Senate Energy & Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Joe Manchin (D-WV) in support of the Senate energy bill.

Coalition letter to OMB seeking standard guidance regarding Sec. 3610 of the CARES Act: Federal Contractor Authority.

4-13-20 ACEC letter to congressional leaders supporting additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Act.

Engineering and design community letter seeking further clarification to Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidelines.

Water infrastructure stakeholders letter in support of drinking water and wastewater funding

ACEC letter to Senate Leaders McConnell and Schumer to retain the business tax provisions in the third coronavirus response bill.

ACEC Coalition letter asserting engineering services as essential

Editorial urging state and local governments to keep engineers working on infrastructure projects that are in design and underway.

ACEC letter to congressional leaders asking for a delay in tax filing and other key ways to help employers keep people on the payroll.

Transportation Construction Coalition letter in support of long-term transportation funding in economic relief bill.

Engineering and construction group letter urging Congress to include a $10 billion immediate infusion for airports.

Industry letter calling on Congress to support Government Contractors Unable to Access Federal Facilities during the COVID-19 Pandemic

ACEC letter to the Senate expressing concerns about unintended impacts of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) on small engineering firms

ACEC state-by-state spreadsheet of current status of construction projects. . 

Washington D.C. is offering $25,000 micro-grants to eligible non-profits. The application deadline is 6:00 pm on March 31.

South Carolina DOT has issued a joint workforce safety plan in collaboration with ACEC of South Carolina, FHWA, and other construction stakeholders.

Multistate Associates has launched a webpage with a comprehensive list of state and local government responses to COVID-19/coronavirus.

The National Governors' Association website offers regularly updated information about how the states are dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Interpretive Guidance on MD Executive Order 20-03-23-01

Private/Vertical Roundtable, Monday, June 22, 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET.

Medium Firm Roundtable (51-200 employees), Friday, June 26, 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET.

Notes from the May 22 Young Professional Roundtable

Notes from the May 20 Small Firm Roundtable

Notes from the May 15 Medium-Size Firm Roundtable

Notes from the May 13 Large Firm Roundtable

Notes from the April 23 Large Firm Roundtable

Notes from the April 17 Medium-Size Firm Roundtable

Notes from the April 15 Small Firm Roundtable

Notes from the March 23 Small, Medium-Size and Large Roundtables

 

 

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COVID-19 Litigation and Ways for Firms to Reduce Risk

Engineering Tax Deductions (179D), the CARES Act and Making the Most out of 2020

Our New Reality: Strategic and Contractual Risk Management

The Effects of COVID-19 on National Healthcare

Maintaining a Healthy Culture During COVID-19

Navigate Economic Uncertainty with Agile Reporting and Planning Processes

Beyond the Crisis — Getting Ready for Tomorrow

Ownership Transition and Management Succession Challenges Facing A/E Firms - Webinar on Survey Results, Trends, and Best Practices

PPP Loan Forgiveness: What You Need to Know

ACEC Young Professional Series: Working with Clients in the Age of COVID-19

Sustainable Business Through Sustainable Design

Controlling Healthcare Costs through Worksite Wellness

Guidelines and Protocols to Reduce Your Company’s Risk Exposure as You Bring Your Employees Back to the Office

Working from Home: Focus and Balance

ACEC Young Professional Series: Serving the Firm in a Virtual Environment

Engineering Contracts in the Time of COVID-19

New Environment in the Cyber World and COVID Security

Where Do We Go from Here? – Back to the “New Normal” for Your Workplace

Post COVID-19: Economic Outlook

The Ins and Outs of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan

The Long Term Effect of Coronavirus on Your Firm’s FAR Overhead Rate and Profitability

Unprecedented Times: Navigating What’s Now and What’s Nextw

Dealing with COVID 19 - Health & Safety for Engineering Firms

Small Business Assistance through Paycheck Protection Act – What You Need to Know

Navigating Your Small Firm Through the COVID-19

The Third Coronavirus Relief Package: Discussion of the Tax Relief Provisions

COVID-19 Potential Effects on Overhead Deadlines, Allowable Costs, and Steps to Take Now

COVID-19 Legislation: What Employers Need to Know

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Steve Hall, Matt Reiffer and Katharine Mottley from ACEC's Advocacy team joined Engineering Influence for our very first video podcast to give a government relations update on their Rescue, Recover, Rebuild grassroots advocacy campaign and the current status of the PPP program.

The US Economy: What Lies Ahead? A Conversation with Dodge Data & Analytics’ Richard Branch Leading Your Firm Through the COVID-19 Crisis with Michael Cooper, President of HED

A Conversation with Langan’s CEO, Dave Gockel, on COVID-19 Response and the USNS Comfort

Coronavirus Special: Government Affairs Update for 4-9-20

Business Continuity and Adaption in the Time of COVID-19

The Chairman’s Corner: Engineering During the Coronavirus Pandemic

ACEC's SVP for Advocacy, Steve Hall, and Katharine Mottley, VP for Tax and Regulatory Affairs discussed the new guidance for small businesses stemming from the enactment of the CARES Act.

Anirban Basu, president and CEO of Sage Policy Group, shared his outlook on the economy in light of the coronavirus.

ACEC's Steve Hall recapped the week's events in Washington on the Engineering Influence podcast.

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The ACEC advocacy team updated members on the Senate CARES Act over the weekend. That legislative analysis can be found here

ACEC's advocacy team updated details about the family/sick leave assistance to employers provisions in H.R. 6201. Read the update here

The ACEC Research Institute's Business Impact Survey Executive Summary is now availalbe to download. The summary provides an overview of the seven survey waves conducted between March and May 2020.

Seventh ACEC Member Survey: Respondents were less optimistic about an imminent economic recovery, but a majority are now working in their offices. More than 500 members participated in the survey, which was conducted May 27-29.

Highlights:

  • Firms are slightly less negative about cash flow than in previous surveys. Firms with fewer than 25 employees were the most negative, with 42 percent saying their finances are worse and 43 percent saying cash flow is worse.
  • 23 percent of respondents were less optimistic about the economy returning to normal within six months, compared to 27 percent in the sixth survey (May 5-6).
  • 47 percent of respondents expect 12-18 months to pass before the economy returns to normal.
  • 76 percent of respondents rate the federal stimulus program (CARES Act) positively.
  • 89 percent of firms with fewer than 500 employees were approved for Paycheck Protection Programs (PPP) loans.
  • 71 percent of firms intend to use their PPP loan within the eight-week “forgiveness” window.
  • 79 percent of respondents said extending the PPP Loan Forgiveness window from eight weeks to 16 or 24 weeks would have a positive impact.
  • 16 percent of firms (up from 12 percent in the sixth survey) are working on new COVID-19 pandemic response projects. More than one-third of firms with more than 200 employees have COVID-19 response projects.
  • 61 percent of firms have either re-opened or never closed.
  • 74 percent of firms have created a plan for re-opening, up from 42 percent in the sixth survey.

Click here to read the survey executive summary.

Sixth ACEC Member Survey: On May 8, ACEC released the results of its sixth member survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the engineering industry.
Key highlights:

  • Although the vast majority of firms (82 percent) still feel the condition of the U.S. economy is worse compared to March 1, this metric has declined from 93 percent in the 3rd survey on April 1.
  • Firms are less negative regarding their finances and cash flow compared to previous surveys, although firms with 25 or fewer full-time employees are more likely to say their finances (41 percent) and cash flow (44 percent) are worse today.
  • Firms are less optimistic about a “return to normal” within six months compared to the previous survey on April 22 (27 percent vs. 37 percent). Conversely, more firms feel it will take 12 to 18 months for a return to normal (36 percent vs. 27 percent). Smaller firms are slightly more optimistic than larger firms. Roughly three out of ten firms with 50 or fewer employees feel business will return to normal within six months, while only one out of ten firms with more than 200 full-time employees feel the same.
  • The top actions firms have taken to shore up their finances since March 1 are freezing non-essential purchases (46 percent), speeding up collections (39 percent) and freezing salary/pay increases (33 percent).
  • Slightly more firms report working on new projects directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic response compared to the previous survey (12 percent vs. 8 percent).
  • Nearly nine out of ten firms (88 percent) applied for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Among firms submitting an application, nearly all (94 percent) say it was accepted and approved. Most of the rest (4 percent) are waiting on approval. Among firms whose application was approved, 84 percent have received the funds in their bank account compared to 70 percent in the previous survey. The vast majority of firms (86 percent) received $2 million or less for their PPP loan. However, 96 percent of firms with more than 200 full-time employees received a loan for more than $2 million. Nearly all firms with 50 or fewer staff (99 percent) received a loan amount of $2 million or less. About two-thirds (64 percent) of firms plan to use all of their PPP loan, while 22 percent plan to use some of it and to return the rest. Only 2 percent plan to return all of the loan.
  • Fourteen percent of firms have already re-opened at least some of their offices, while 28 percent said they never closed to begin with. Of the remaining firms, most say they will re-open when they feel it is safe to do so (38 percent).
  • The number of firms that have created a plan for re-opening has more than doubled (20 percent to 42 percent) in the past two weeks.
  • Nearly half of firms (49 percent) say they will restrict or prohibit domestic travel for training/events/conferences after stay-at-home orders are lifted. Another third (33 percent) say they will restrict air travel.
  • About one out of seven firms (15percent) say they will restrict or prohibit international travel for training/events/conferences after stay-at-home orders are lifted. Another 11 percent say they will restrict air travel.
  • The vast majority of firms plan to implement a large number of safety measures once they re-open their offices. Top among these are maintaining social distancing (95 percent) and allowing staff to work remotely to care for others (85 percent).

Click here to read the survey report.

Fifth ACEC Member SurveyOn April 24th, ACEC released the results of its fifth member survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the engineering industry.

Fourth ACEC Member SurveyOn April 10th, ACEC released the results of its fourth member survey on the affects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the engineering industry.
The survey report includes an executive summary that highlights a number of findings broken down by firm size and geography.
Key highlights:

  • Firms feel the federal stimulus package will have a positive impact (74% up from 51%)..
  • 72%of firms have already applied for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Payroll Protection Program (PPP). Another 14% plan to apply.
  • 65% feel the U.S. economy will be worse in 30 days compared to today, but this represents a decline from 81% from week 3.
  • Looking out 6 months, nearly 50% of firms feel the economy will improve while more than one-third think it will be worse. Sentiment about the firms’ finances and cash flow follow the same trend.
  • Firms report they have taken various actions to shore up their finances (68% up from 58%.) Freezing non-essential purchases and implementing hiring freezes top the list.
  • Firms are increasingly providing emergency paid leave (44% up from 34%.)
  • Increase in the percentage of firms (63% up from 45% in Week 3) reporting delays in RFPs/RFQs or Awards due to COVID-19.
  • Increase in the percentage of firms (76% up from 70% in Week 3) reporting project delays or cancellations due to COVID-19.

Third ACEC Member Survey: On March 31 and April 1, ACEC surveyed 610 members firms about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their firms. The survey report includes an executive summary that highlights not only important significant results but also calls out differences in these results by firm size.
Key highlights:

  • 9 out of 10 firms feel the economy at all levels is worse today than it was 30 days ago.
  • 54% feel their firm’s finances and cash flow (58%) are worse today.
  • 8 out of 10 firms feel the economy at all levels will be even worse 30 days from now. 68% feel their firm’s finances and cash flow (72%) will be even worse 30 days from now.
  • Nearly 50% of firms feel the economy will improve six months from now, about 1 out of 4 think it will continue to get worse.
  • While many firms have already taken actions in the past 30 days to shore up their finances, even more expect to do so in the coming 30 days. Actions topping the list include hiring freezes and freezing non-essential purchases.
  • 51% indicate the federal stimulus package passed last week will have a positive impact on their firm, nearly one-third (32%) are not sure yet.

ACEC Completes Second Member Survey: On March 24-25, 738 member firms responded to ACEC's second survey on the impact of the coronavirus emergency on the engineering industry. Key results compared to the first survey were: More firms (79%, up from 71%) are restricting domestic travel; more firms ( 93%, up from 80%) have implemented a telework policy; social distancing (84%, up from 77%) and virtual work (84%, up from 73%) are the top work continuation methods; and there were big jumps in the number of firms reporting delays in RFP/RFQ awards (40%, up from 24%) and reporting project delays or cancellations due to COVID-19 (58%, up from 44%). Responding to new questions in the second survey, 87 percent of firms have not received any assistance from creditors, 47 percent believe Congress should delay payment of firms’ share of Social Security payroll taxes, and 44 percent favor increasing interest deductibility for businesses. Other suggested steps that Congress could take to ease cash flow challenges include no-interest loans, grants to cover payroll, tax credits and deductions, and direct payments/unemployment to employees.  Click here to read the complete survey report. 

ACEC Releases Results from Member Survey:Last week, ACEC surveyed its member firms on a number of questions about how the engineering industry is responding to the coronavirus emergency.  794 firms responded and the regional breakdown of that survey’s results can be found here.

ACEC announces the "Coronavirus Impact Forum," a new ACEC online community.  Register for the community to join the conversation here.  

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