Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information related to NDIA Meetings, Conferences, & Events affected by COVID-19 can be found on this page as well on individual event landing pages.

The National Defense Industrial Association is closely following developments regarding COVID-19 and diligently examining each event to determine the best course of action.

The health and safety of our members, registrants, exhibitors, and staff constitute our highest priority, and we will continually monitor reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in order to adjust plans as needed.

NDIA is implementing all guidance and recommended safety measures issued by WHO, CDC, DoD, and OPM as well as state and local health authorities. We will work with all conference partners to ensure the safety of all meeting and conference participants.

All participants can expect to see heightened levels of cleanliness and on-site accommodations to actively encourage all participants to take common-sense precautions following CDC guidelines.

The CDC and WHO websites are the best resources for staying up to date on this rapidly evolving situation.

If you have inquiries regarding either COVID-19 or any subsequent issues facing your company, please direct them to osd.pentagon.ousd-a-s.mbx.covid-19-industry@mail.mil—an email inbox dedicated to collecting such messages.


 Postponed Meetings

  • NDIA Missile Defense Day on the Hill — March 24, 2020
  • 2020 Munitions Executive Summit  March 30 – April 1, 2020
  • NDIA Space Division Breakfast  March 31, 2020
  • The 31st Annual NDIA SO/LIC Symposium  March 31 – April 1, 2020
  • 2020 NDIA Joint Armaments and Robotics Conference & Exhibition — April 27 – 30, 2020


Cancelled Meetings

  • S&ET Division Executive Breakfast Series  March 26, 2020 
  • 2020 Undersea Warfare Spring Conference  March 30 – April 1, 2020
  • April 2020 Procurement Division Meeting — April 14, 2020
  • 2020 Precision Strike Annual Review (PSAR-20)  April 14 – 15, 2020
  • 21st Annual Science & Engineering Technology Conference — April 15 – 17, 2020
  • Spring 2020 Integrated Program Management Division Meeting — April 28 – 29, 2020
  • NTSA – MODSIM World 2020 — May 5 – 7, 2020
  • 2020 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) — May 11 – 14, 2020
  • NTSA – STCF — May 12, 2020


SMALL BUSINESS SURVEY

The Department of Defense Office of Acquisition and Sustainment seeks to better understand the issues facing small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. To do so, NDIA requests that you complete a 5-minute survey by March 27 related to your experience as a small business member of the defense industrial base.

The survey is being conducted by NDIA. All private information will remain confidential and anonymous, and no comments will have individual attribution. Your participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and you are not obligated to answer any or all of the questions posed.

With that being said, we greatly appreciate the time you spend in completing this survey to help your fellow small business defense industrial base members.
If you have any questions regarding the survey, its purpose, or its contents, please contact Corbin Evans at cevans@NDIA.org.

Survey Link

Preliminary Results Summary
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/ndia/policy/documents/small-business-covid-19-survey_final.ashx?la=en

Though it remains open for submissions, NDIA's COVID-19 Small-Business Impacts Survey has garnered 458 total responses as of 8:00 am on March 27, 2020. While the survey collects important perspectives on the operational effects of COVID-19 on small businesses within the defense industry, this preliminary results summary provides an analytical overview and then a breakdown of individual questions and responses. The results of some questions are still being analyzed. Additional small business members of the defense industry are invited to complete the survey and contribute to this information-gathering effort.



NDIA COVID-19 Policy Actions (Letter Links & Descriptions) & Important Information


Medical equipment, contractor support among latest results from NDIA’s work with the Defense Department
NDIA Press Release

DoD Press Release - Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2129497/partnering-with-the-us-defense-industrial-base-to-combat-covid-19/

Doing business with the DoD

3/27/2020 - Supporting the response to COVID-19 - memo from Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting
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3/27/2020 - Find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center
More than 300 local PTAC offices serve most areas of the country.   If there is not a PTAC office that serves your specific area, contact one that is nearest to you, and they may be able to help you. Most PTACs can also provide assistance via phone, e-mail, and webcall in cases where distance presents a challenge. https://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/

3/27/2020 - Doing Business with the Department of Defense - A Toolkit for Defense Acquisition
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3/25/2020 - NDIA legislative proposal that would establish a uniform policy for the Department of Defense (DoD) regarding the application of profit or fee to all categories of allowable cost in competitive procurements.
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Defense Production Act (DPA) Title I – Defense Priority and Allocation System (DPAS)
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3/24/2020 - Memo to defense industrial base from the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology)
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3/24/2020 - DCMA Shelter-in-Place Exemption to Perform Mission Essential Functions

https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/DCMA_Template_Shelter-in-Place_Exemption_Memo.ashx?la=en

 

The Defense Contracting Management Agency (DCMA) has put together a template for military and civilian DCMA employees who seek a shelter-in-place exemption in order to continue performing mission essential functions. If you have inquiries regarding either COVID-19 or any subsequent issues facing your company, please direct them to osd.pentagon.ousd-a-s.mbx.covid-19-industry@mail.mil—an email inbox dedicated to collecting such messages.


3/24/2020 - Creative Contracting Techniques for Maintaining the Financial Health of the
Defense Industrial Base

https://www.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/Strengthening_the_DIB_during_COVID-19_v2.ashx?la=en


3/23/2020 – DoD Seeks Small Business Input via Survey
https://www.ndia.org/policy/recent-posts/2020/3/23/covid-19-small-business-impacts-survey


The Department of Defense Office of Acquisition and Sustainment seeks to better understand the issues facing small businesses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. To do so, NDIA requests that small business members of the defense industrial base complete a 5-minute survey by March 27 about their experience. The survey is being conducted by NDIA. All private information will remain confidential and anonymous, and no comments will have individual attribution. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary and no participant is obligated to answer any or all of the questions posed.

3/22/2020 – Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Releases/Release/Article/2121122/partnering-with-the-us-defense-industrial-base-to-combat-covid-19/

Defense Department actions to address three key concerns of the defense industrial base amidst the COVID-19 virus outbreak have resulted from daily meetings last week with the National Defense Industrial Association, its fellow associations and the DoD, the Arlington, VA-based association announced. This DoD release outlines the three concerns: the ability of critical defense contractor workforce to keep working, to ensure cash flow to the defense industrial base, and to get standardized guidance out to industry.

 

3/20/2020 – Contract Place of Performance – Public Health Considerations
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3/20/2020 – Class Deviation – Progress Payment Rates
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/Deviation-for-Change-in-Progress-Payments.ashx?la=en

Effective immediately, in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) national emergency, the progress payment rates at Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 232.501-1 are increased to 90 percent for large business concerns and 95 percent for small business concerns.

3/20/2020 – Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce – Secretary Lord
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/Defense-Industrial-Base-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workforce.ashx?la=en

Ellen M. Lord, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, issues a memorandum on the way in which the defense industrial base is an essential critical infrastructure workforce. Relatedly, this memorandum lays out the importance of defense industrial base workers keeping to their normal schedules during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure the security of the United States.

3/19/2020 – ARWG

https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/arwg-letter-to-hill-on-equitable-adjustments-final-with-logos_19march.ashx?la=en


NDIA and nine other organizations write a letter to five key congressional leaders that urges equitable relief for government contractors who are unable to access federal facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In seeking the support of these leaders, this letter provides the basis for its request and then draft language for their consideration.

3/19/2020 – 
U.S. House of Representatives

https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/covid19-letter-to-house.ashx?la=en

NDIA’s General Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret), writes a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on the impact of COVID-19 on the defense industrial base. This letter notes the existence of some protections for defense contractors but urges the development of further congressional support to ensure the continued strength of the defense industrial base.

3/19/2020 – U.S. Senate
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/covid19-letter-to-senate.ashx?la=en

NDIA’s General Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret), writes a letter to the U.S. Senate on the impact of COVID-19 on the defense industrial base. This letter notes the existence of some protections for defense contractors but urges the development of further congressional support to ensure the continued strength of the defense industrial base.

3/19/2020 – U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/letter-to-capitol-hill-for-covid19-support-house-approps-final-ls.ashx?la=en

NDIA’s General Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret), writes a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the defense industrial base. This letter notes the existence of some protections for defense contractors but urges the development of further congressional support to ensure the continued strength of the defense industrial base.
 
3/19/2020 – U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/letter-to-capitol-hill-for-covid19-support-senate-approps-final-ls.ashx?la=en
 
NDIA’s General Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret), writes a letter to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the defense industrial base. This letter notes the existence of some protections for defense contractors but urges the development of further congressional support to ensure the continued strength of the defense industrial base.


3/18/2020 – 
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment Ellen Lord
https://content.ndia.org/-/media/sites/press-media/covid19-letter-to-ms-lord-with-faqs.ashx?la=en

NDIA’s General Hawk Carlisle, USAF (Ret), writes a letter to the Honorable Ellen Lord to acknowledge ongoing efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the defense industrial base but also request that higher-level guidance be issued to aid in defense contract execution. This letter is accompanied by answers to frequently asked questions related to COVID-19 and general contracting.


Resources

Find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center
More than 300 local PTAC offices serve most areas of the country.   If there is not a PTAC office that serves your specific area, contact one that is nearest to you, and they may be able to help you. Most PTACs can also provide assistance via phone, e-mail, and webcall in cases where distance presents a challenge. Start here https://www.aptac-us.org/find-a-ptac/
 

 

FEMA’s “How to Help” page has information for selling and donating PPE and other medical-related supplies.

https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help

VIDEO: Press briefing, USD Lord, Mr. Herrington: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2124528/dod-acquisition-sustainment-leaders-brief-reporters-at-pentagon/

Department of Defense Office of Industrial Policy COVID-19 Resource Page

DLA Request for Information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to COVID-19

Information To Know About H.R. 6074 and H.R. 6102, Bills Passed By The House To Address The Coronavirus

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

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Stop Movement for all Domestic Travel for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

https://www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus/

https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/covid-19/


 

Healthy Travel Practices

Both the CDC and WHO recommend several basic personal hygiene and healthy travel practices to reduce the transmission of disease:

  • Wash Your Hands Often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue, and then appropriately discard of the tissue
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Travel with hand sanitizer and wipes
  • Avoid touching your face