Mar 30 2020

Business Defense: Resources in Response to the Novel Coronavirus

In response to COVID-19, the Department of Defense is prioritizing the protection of our forces—including service members and their dependents, civilians, and contractors—maintaining mission readiness, and supporting the whole-of-government effort to fight this virus.  The Department’s latest updates on COVID-19 are available here.

The Office of Industrial Policy continues to partner with the defense industrial base to mitigate impacts from COVID-19.  This page contains resources for companies and other stakeholders as they navigate the complexities associated with the virus.

I AM A BUSINESS AND WOULD LIKE TO REPORT A CHANGE IN OPERATIONS DUE TO COVID-19.

The Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) is monitoring changes to the status of operations within the defense industrial base.  Please email DCMA at dcma.lee.hq.mbx.covid19-industry-inquiry-inbox@mail.mil to report any specific operational impacts to better inform our mission.  Please include the name of the company; location and/or mailing address; CAGE code (if known); government programs potentially impacted; description of impact (e.g., closure, production degradation, etc.);  and an appropriate point of contact for follow-ups.

I AM A BUSINESS OR OTHER STAKEHOLDER AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COVID-19 INQUIRY THAT IS NOT AN OPERATIONAL CHANGE.

Inquiries that are unrelated to operational changes, but are connected to COVID-19 impacts on the defense industrial base should be directed to the Office of Industrial Policy at osd.pentagon.ousd-a-s.mbx.covid-19-industry@mail.mil.

I WOULD LIKE MORE GUIDANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE IN RELATION TO COVID-19 AND THE DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE.

The Department’s latest updates on COVID-19 are available here.

Additional memoranda in connection with virus response:

Additional contracting information related to COVID-19 issues on the Defense Pricing and Contracting (DPC) webpage here.

I AM A SMALL BUSINESS IMPACTED BY COVID-19. WHAT RESOURCES CAN HELP ME?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has several programs to assist small businesses impacted by COVID-19.  All of their resources, including loan programs, guidance, and information for government contractors can be found on their COVID-19 business guidance and loan website

For our part, DoD has raised the progress payment rate for small business to 95% from 90% and is continuing to accelerate payments to small business prime contractors.  DoD is also monitoring the progress of the proposed stimulus bill and will work with SBA where appropriate to provide additional resources to small businesses.  At this time, DoD has no financial programs that can provide direct financial support to small businesses.

I AM A MANUFACTURER OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE).

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DOD GENERALLY?

The Office of Industrial Policy is committed to making it easier for businesses to understand the various avenues available to work with the Department of Defense.  In the Defense Acquisition Toolkit, you will find a visual representation of the key touchpoints for any business that might wish to create or expand their relationship with the Department of Defense. 

I HAVE SUPPLIES TO DONATE OR SELL. 

FEMA’s How to Help page includes a series of email addresses for companies that are willing to sell or donate medical supplies, produce products related to the COVID-19 response, and have non-medical supplies, services or equipment.

WHERE ARE ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON THE U.S. GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19?

White House Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force

The COVID-19 Task Force portal for public information, working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, and other agency stakeholders.  This portal will link to the appropriate Federal agency website as the authoritative source for that information as necessary.

Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)

The CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) landing page is the latest public health and safety information from CDC and for the overarching medical and health provider community on COVID-19.  The site contains consumer and medical information on how the virus spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma, cases and what to do if you are sick, along with frequently asked questions.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The FEMA “How to Help” page provides information on ways individuals and businesses can support COVID-19 response efforts.

U.S. Government

The USA.gov page catalogs all U.S. government activities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  USA.gov can support both English and Spanish content.

Social Media

Follow the following CDC pages for additional COVID-19 information.

Twitter: @CDCgov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CDC

Instagram: @CDCgov