Federal Manager's Daily Report

Intelligence agencies and other federal agencies that deal with security-related contracts should “make full use of the flexibility” in one of the Coronavirus-response laws, the CARES Act, allowing agencies to modify contracts when contractor employees cannot access agency sites where they normally work and cannot work remotely.

“Such modifications will help companies performing essential national security missions remain financially viable and enable the retention of skilled (and often cleared) contractor employees, thereby ensuring the long-term health of the industrial base on which the intelligence community, the Defense Department and other federal agencies depend,” it said.

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It further urged using that law and other existing contracting tools “to enable the maximum number of contract personnel to convert to staying home in a ‘ready state’”; and told agencies it will allow them, “as permitted by law,” to miss acquisition and development milestones for reasons related to the virus.

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