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COVID-19 and Federal Procurement Contracts [March 24, 2020]   [open pdf - 658KB]

From the Document: "The COVID [coronavirus disease]-19 pandemic and related mandates and recommendations to practice social distancing, work from home, shelter in place, and self-quarantine impact government contracts by disrupting supply chains and business operations. These disruptions may make it difficult and potentially impossible for some federal contractors to perform government procurement contracts as originally contemplated. Disruptions will likely alter government procurement priorities and have prompted questions about how the novel COVID-19 pandemic might affect federal acquisitions and government contractor performance. The pandemic's effect on existing federal contracts will depend in large part upon agency needs, the duration of pandemic response actions, and each contract's type and terms. Legal principles underlying standard contract clauses that often must be incorporated in procurement contracts under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and agency-specific FAR supplements like the Department of Defense's (DoD's) Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) will likely guide how agencies and contractors respond to the pandemic. Additionally, federal emergency response laws, such as the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) and the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), could impact how agencies acquire goods and services to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak."

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CRS Legal Sidebar, LSB10428
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2020-03-24
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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