The Professional Services Council (PSC) announced its support for the signing of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and provided a response to the outbreak, the agency announced on Monday.
“We believe this Act makes a good start in addressing PSC’s priorities. The Act contains important provisions that enable contractors to continue their day-to-day support of the federal government,” said PSC President & CEO David Berteau.
PSC will continue to focus on three key priorities: Keep the government working, Keep contractors working and Keep contractors and their employees getting paid.
Contractors will increase efforts to help keep the government fully operating. PSC will continue to announce and identify challenges facing contractors and propose solutions to meet the agency’s three priorities.
In early March 2020, Alan Chovtkin, executive vice president of PSC and GovCon Expert for Executive Mosaic announced that federal and commercial contracting officials have explored new ways to work around the limitations imposed by the spreading COVID-19 outbreak.
Contracting adjustments among federal agencies and the commercial industry will continue to be announced, according to Chvotkin. “Most responses will be local,” he said, because of the localized impact of the disease’s spread.
Agencies and contractors should be prepared to alter how contracting personnel work, searching for alternatives such as alternate sites and telework. In the case of classified or sensitive work that depends on secure locations and connections, they should prioritize the most sensitive programs.
Chvotkin said PSC will release detailed guidance from the Office of Management and Budget on how agencies should proceed with contracts, similar to the guidance it issued on the same subject during the last government shutdown.
PSC is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry. PSC’s more than 400 member companies represent small, medium and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more. Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states.