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March 19, 2020

ACEC Calls on Congress to Ensure Adequate Protection for Government Contractors

ACEC and its coalition partners sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to provide guidance to ensure the health and economic security of government contractors during the Coronavirus pandemic.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic has reached federal offices and is forcing closures and quarantines, there has been inconsistent federal agency guidance and direction as to the treatment of contractors during this uncertain time.

"We urge you to include language in the pending relief legislation to encourage the use of flexible work solutions, including telework and virtual work environments, for contractors, as appropriate.

"Moreover, as state and local governments consider further restrictions on business operations, we urge an exemption when appropriate for employees performing work deemed essential for national security, including but not limited to defense, intelligence, and aerospace development and manufacturing.

"Further, we request that the legislation require guidance to Federal Contracting Officers from the Office of Management and Budget to provide equitable adjustments to contractors who are unable to access the federal facility required to perform their duties, consistent with FAR Clauses 52.249-14 related to excusable delays and 52.249-8 (c) and (d) related to the occurrence of epidemics as excusable delays as it relates to the inability of a contractor to perform in a timely manner."

The letter includes draft bill language.

Click here to read the letter.


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