Defense Production Act (DPA): Recent Developments in Response to COVID-19 [Updated July 28, 2020] [open pdf - 558KB]
From the Document: "The Administration has employed the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA) as part of federal countermeasures to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The DPA confers presidential authorities to mobilize domestic industry in service of the national defense, broadly defined, including emergency preparedness. The DPA includes provisions under Title I to prioritize the acceptance of contracts, and to allocate scarce goods, materials, and services; and under Title III, to provide for the expansion of productive capacity. Title VII provides definitions and other supporting provisions. This Insight considers recent DPA actions in response to COVID-19 and is intended as a companion to CRS [Congressional Research Service] Insight IN11387. See CRS Report R43767 for an in-depth discussion of DPA history and authorities."
CRS Insight, IN11470
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/