Alert

Federal Agency COVID-19 Responses

July 10, 2020

*Wiley continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 crisis and will update this list as new information is available. This alert was originally published on March 25, 2020, and last updated July 10, 2020.

1. Administration for Community Living

  • Offers resources and programs for older adults and people with disabilities.

2. Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

  • Virtual telework until further notice; staff will be conducting less travel and will conduct meetings via video conferencing; requests that people conduct communication by electronic mail.
  • Priority: The Section 106 deadlines for a State or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer response will be considered paused while an office is closed or an officer is unable to carry out duties; ACHP issued extension for use of emergency Section 106 procedures for undertakings responding to coronavirus until July 31, 2020.

3. Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

  • ARC staff are primarily teleworking and are continuing to process and administer grants, new applications, progress reports, and payment requests as they are received.
  • Priorities: A number of regional and national resources. If grantees are currently unable to meet project goals or timelines, one can receive accommodations on project deliverables, timelines, budget, or other operations. 

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

5. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • CMS is suspending non-emergency survey inspections across the country; recommendations regarding Transmission-Based Precautions, cleaning and disinfection, managing visitors, and monitoring and managing healthcare personnel have been put into place.
  • Priorities: Medicare covers all medically necessary hospitalizations; lab tests for COVID-19; and “virtual check-ins.” 
  • Hospitals without walls - Increase hospital capacity
  • Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers (updated June 15, 2020)

6. Chief Human Capital Officers Council

  • Advises Chief Human Capital Officers, HR Directors and Heads of Agencies on the importance of establishing telework capabilities; information on training for new employees and dual compensation waivers; waiver of Waiver of the Premium Pay Limitation and Aggregate Pay Limitation for Employees Working in Response COVID-19; cancellation of annual Human Capital Reviews in FY 2020 and postponement of 2020 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS).

7. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act protects homeowners from foreclosure.
  • Priorities: CFPB is committed to providing up-to-date information and financial resources for consumers on how to protect and manage their finances including how to deal with debt, protect consumers’ credit, and avoid scams during COVID-19; action to help consumers receive relief from credit card issuers.

8. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Virtual Telework. FOIA requests are being processed electronically at this time. FOIA requests and appeals submitted by US mail or courier, or any FOIA records requiring physical delivery will be delayed.
  • Priority: reminding companies of their obligation to report incidents or unsafe products under Section 15(b) of the Consumer Product Safety Act; issued COVID-19 safety checklists.

9. Corporation for National and Community Service

  • Priority: Regularly updating FAQs that include information on how to best manage projects and provide clarity to consumers on existing requirements and agency policies.

10. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

11. Defense Acquisition University (DAU)

  • DAU faculty and staff will report and isolate any student who exhibits symptoms of the disease, or who states they have been exposed through social contact, even if they are asymptomatic, thus allowing for remote work.
  • DAU has requested that regional campuses stay in close communication with local military base commanders and/or civil authorities so that these organizations can recommend specific measures tied to the severity of the threat in that specific area.

12. Defense Commissary Agency

  • Priorities: 100% I.D. card checks at the entrance of all stores and no visitors will be allowed entrance in order to reduce the number of people in stores; no more “early bird” shopping hours; each location may impose purchase limitations on products to ensure availability to other consumers; plexiglass shields are being installed at checkout lanes as a protective measure; and resources on fraudulent COVID-19 products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices, or vaccines; expanded face covering requirement to include customers or anyone else entering a commissary.

13. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • USDA facilities are closed to the public, but have employees working at ports of entry among other locations. Some locations remain open for endorsement activities to help facilitate trade and international pet travel.
  • Priorities: USDA will continue providing timely delivery of the services to maintain the movement of America’s food supply. See USDA responses to COVID-19 here.
    • Signing documents electronically to support the import and export of live animals and plants and animal products.
    • Temporarily extending expiration date to ensure timely services and food supply.
    • Loan Maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans extended to 12 months.

14. Department of Defense (DOD)

15. Department of Energy (DOE)

  • COVID-19 Hotline has been established at 202-586-COVD (202-586-2683) as well as a podcast to discuss the agency’s response to COVID-19.
  • DOE is practicing social distancing and transitioning to maximum telework flexibilities for employees across the DOE enterprise, including Washington Headquarters, National Laboratories, and sites around the country; Headquarters will transition to Phase 2 on June 29, 2020; DOE Return to the Federal Workplace Framework.
  • Priorities: DOE continues to provide information, among other things, on how to maintain operation effectiveness under expanded telework.

16. Department of Health and Human Services

  • Priority: Working to develop new medical countermeasures and take other actions to protect the health and safety of the American people. 
  • Use of cloth masks.

17. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

  • Priorities: DHS is facilitating a Department-wide layered and whole-of-government response; DHS is continuing to identify and refer individuals who have recently been in China, Iran, and certain European countries through select airports with established resources to decrease the strain on public health officials to ensure proper screening of incoming travelers and protect the American public.
  • DHS is enforcing precautions at and between air, land, and seaports of entry by screening travelers, alerting CDC partners to any individuals who require enhanced health screening; U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders.

18. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Released guidelines on how housing providers can disseminate critical information and prepare to take additional steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Temporary Moratorium on all evictions and foreclosures under grant programs.
  • HUD guidance on Planned Use of CARES Act funding (June 2020).

19. Department of Labor (DOL)

20. Department of State

  • Advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. 
  • Many countries are implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice.
  • Urges use of the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
  • Priority: launched unprecedented effort to bring home American citizens, provide international aid, and protect U.S. citizens.

21. Department of the Treasury

  • The treasury department’s Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, was appointed to the President’s Coronavirus Task Force where he meets daily with the Vice President and our nation’s top health officials.
  • Paycheck Protection Program for assisting small businesses
  • CARES Act passed: $2 trillion economic relief package

22. Director of National Intelligence

23. Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Division (DEA)

  • Priority: working with Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to ensure that there is an adequate supply of controlled substances in the United States.
  • The telemedicine allowance under section 802(54)(D) applies to all schedule II-V controlled substances in all areas of the United States. Accordingly, DEA-registered practitioners in all areas of the United States may issue prescriptions for all schedule II-V controlled substances to patients for whom they have not conducted an in-person medical evaluation with some caveats.

24. Economic Development Administration

  • Released the CDC Coronavirus Information on their webpage; debunk COVID-19 myths and provide latest news and resources.
  • Guidelines for Opening Up America Again in a three-phased approach.
  • Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
  • EDA FAQs to help understand EDA’s CARES Act funding, who qualifies for grants, how to apply, etc.

25. Election Assistance Commission

  • Priority: Continually working to make sure elections are accessible, secure, and accurate, and that voters are safe. 
    • Released vendor and manufacturer guidance on cleaning voting machines as well as state-specific resources on elections.
    • State-specific resources

26. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

27. Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM)

28. Farm Credit Administration

  • The Farm Credit Administration is encouraging Farm Credit System institutions to work with System borrowers whose operations have been affected by COVID-19 and the measures taken to prevent its spread.

29. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

  • FAA will award approximately $10 billion in funds to commercial and general aviation airports from the Trump Administration's newly created CARES Airport program.
    • FAA Issues Guidance on Operations in Terminal Airspace (SAFO 20012)
    • FAA Issues Guidance on Operations in Oceanic Airspace (SAFO 20011)
    • FAA amended SFAR 118 to further extend COVID-19 Relief. 
    • FAA issued an exemption that allows U.S. airlines to carry cargo on seats in airplane cabins when no passengers are being transported (May 20, 2020).
    • FAA announced regulatory relief for groups unable to comply with certain training, testing, and checking requirements (April 29, 2020).
    • The COVID-19 public health emergency has affected airport sponsors’ operations and ability to meet the original 2020 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) deadlines. Therefore, the FAA has extended deadlines to May 4, 2020 to give notice of intent, and to Monday, June 15, 2020 to submit the final grant application. The full notice is available in the federal register (April 16, 2020).
    • FAA enabled drone use for COVID-19 response efforts (April 14, 2020).
    • The FAA is extending through October 24, 2020 the temporary waiver of minimum slot-use requirements at U.S. airports to help airlines that cancel flights due to the Coronavirus (April 9, 2020).
  • Priorities: Utmost commitment to health and safety; air traffic system is resilient and flexible. Every air traffic control facility in the country has a contingency plan to keep air traffic moving safely when events impede normal operations.

30. Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)

  • Staff were placed in operational dress uniforms to be ready to respond to COVID-19 incidents; the BOP instituted a comprehensive management approach (Pandemic Influenza Plan) for oversight of the situation including all BOP Regional Offices, all BOP Central Office Divisions (which oversee program level functions), and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that coordinates with state and local prisons and jails.
  • Priorities: The BOP's Incident Action Plan includes but is not limited to the continuity of operations (COOP) plans, supplies, inmate movement, visitation, staff training, and official staff travel. BOP institutions, as a matter of policy and procedure, have pandemic plans for preparedness in the event of any infectious disease outbreak.
  • Participating in collaborative teleconferences with the CDC to exchange information related to COVID-19 and corrections.
  • BOP COVID-19 map of cases (rev. June 24, 2020)
  • BOP Implemented modified operations.

31. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

32. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

  • FDIC is working with federal and state banking agencies and financial institutions to consider all reasonable and prudent steps to assist customers; The agencies encourage financial institutions to work with borrowers, will not criticize institutions for doing so in a safe and sound manner, and will not direct supervised institutions to automatically categorize loan modifications as troubled debt restructurings.
  • Putting out updated guidance for Bankers and Consumers.

33. Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • Priorities: Distinguish between facts and myths; end misinformation fraud.

34. Federal Student Aid

  • CARES Act - Federal student loan borrowers can temporarily stop making monthly loan payments through September 30, 2020.

35. Federal Trade Commission

  • Virtual Telework; No public meetings; buildings closed
  • Priorities: COVID-19 misinformation fraud; antitrust investigations will be reviewed on matter/matter basis; warning against scamming, especially relating to stimulus checks.

36. Federal Transit Administration

37. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

38. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • Priorities: FDA actions and guidance on testing, PPE, virtual town halls, food and agriculture industry, and medical treatment.
    • Guidance on antibodies and infusions as well as on convalescent plasma and warning letters, as the ongoing response to COVID-19 continues;
    • FDA efforts on hydroxychloroquine sulfate and chloroquine phosphate products, N95 respirators and other PPE, FDA will host series of virtual Town Halls for clinical labs, New stimulus bill grants FDA new authorities to modernize OTC drug development, FDA partnership with FEMA to assess supply chain issues, FDA facilitates Veterinary Telemedicine.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup July 8, 2020
  • The FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA)to Ilumina, Inc. for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test utilizing next generation sequence technology (June 10, 2020).
  • The FDA and Federal Trade Commission issued a warning letter to sellers of fraudulent COVID-19 products, as part of the agency’s effort to protect consumers. (June 9, 2020)
  • Almost 400 FDA Commissioned Corps officers have been deployed to aid in response to the coronavirus public health emergency.
  • FDA revokes emergency use authorization of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine (June 15, 2020)
  • FDA warns of potential drug interaction with remdesivir in COVID-19 patients (June 15, 2020)
  • FDA revokes emergency use authorization of Chembio antibody test (June 16, 2020)
  • FDA posts updates on validation of molecular diagnostic tests (June 16, 2020)
  • FDA announces participation in COVID-19 Diagnostics Evidence Accelerator (June 18, 2020)
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Joint Statement from USDA and FDA on Food Export Restrictions Pertaining to COVID-19 (June 24, 2020)

40. General Services Administration (GSA)

41. Indian Affairs

42. Indian Health Service (IHS)

  • IHS headquarters is holding weekly conference calls with tribal and urban Indian health organization leaders from across the country to provide updates, answer questions, and hear concerns from tribal communities.
  • Area offices provide technical assistance and support to tribal and urban Indian programs; updates are available via email and webinars.
  • Updates COVID-19 Cases by HIS Area (last updated June 30, 2020)

43. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

44. Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • IRS announced March 30, 2020 that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically. You can check your payment status here.
  • IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected; tax day now extended to July 15, 2020; Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave; High-deductible health plans can cover coronavirus costs.
  • No sign-up needed for stimulus checks. The IRS has started sending payments to taxpayers.
  • Announcement of advising new rules under CARES Act for flexibility in regards to healthcare spending (June 17, 2020)

45. Legacy Management (Department of Energy)

  • Closed to the public and associated programming is cancelled until further notice.

46. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB)

  • Paper submissions will not be received by MSPB for the foreseeable future; strongly encourage the use of e-Appeal Online for both new and pending cases.
    • Note to read instructions here if you filed an appeal or a pleading in the interim and it was returned to you.

47. Military Community and Family Policy

  • New resources including non-medical counseling sessions via telephone, live resources on Facebook, financial counseling, and updated resources on Military OneSource.

48. Military Health System

49. National Archives

  • Virtual Telework until further notice; No public events; Closed Facilities; Suspended reproduction and digitization services
  • Priorities: Continue to serve the public remotely by responding to emailed requests for records and History Hub inquiries; online exhibits, educational resources, Citizen Activist Missions, and biweekly newsletters are available to the public.

50. National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)

  • Virtual Telework until further notice; Closed to the public
  • Priorities: NCPC is conducting Commission meetings online until further notice. The next online Commission meeting is Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 1:00 pm. Meeting information will be available online.

51. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

52. National Institute of Health (NIH)

53. National Park Service

  • Visitor services suspended; NPS has made significant operational changes including closing most parking buildings, facilities, and restrooms.
  • Some parks are phasing in recreational access. Check with individual parks for more information.

54. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

  • Visitors and tours suspended for the immediate future; Virtual Telework until further notice
  • Links to resources from other agencies, such as the CDC.

55. National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • On June 18, 2020 NSF announced OMB Memorandum M-20-26 “Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) due to Loss of Operations,” and implemented it on June 25, 2020.
  • On April 10, 2020 NSF implemented OMB Memorandum M-20-20, to allow Federal awarding agencies to repurpose their Federal assistance awards (in whole or part) to support the COVID-19 response, as consistent with applicable laws.
  • Priorities: NSF encourages individuals to take extra precautions and follow CDC guidelines to protect themselves against COVID-19.
    • NSF provides guidance on COVID-19, linking to US Government Response, CDC guidance, DOS travel information, and NSF Guidance for Major Facilities and Contracts Regarding COVID-19.

56. Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

  • Provides links to CDC guidance, personal protective equipment, and information and background on COVID-19, noting symptoms to look out for as well as an explanation of the Phased reopening process of states. Also providesreported U.S. cases and deaths.

57. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

  • Follows the Office of Management and Budget guidance to ensure maximum telework for employees; Public meetings have been postponed or rescheduled as teleconferences, videoconferences, webinars, etc.; Most travel and inspections conducted by region-based inspectors has been postponed.
  • Priorities: (Page last updated June 25, 2020) Ensuring NRC inspections for materials licensees and research and test reactors continue to perform mission-critical inspections; Nuclear power plants also have plans to maintain appropriate staffing under adverse conditions, including reductions in non-essential maintenance work. Some actions include:

58. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

  • Remains open and is conducting necessary judicial business using technology as appropriate. The Office is accepting filings and responding to inquiries.  Only essential staff are present during business hours, with majority teleworking.
    • All hearing-specific or other deadlines or scheduling orders in pending cases remain in effect unless modified by the assigned Administrative Law Judge or if the matter has not yet been assigned, the Chief Administrative Law Judge.
  • Priorities: All assigned judges will apply the principles of flexibility and accommodation to reasonable requests for filing or scheduling adjustments necessitated by reasonable and fact-based travel, health or safety concerns, or advice or directives of public health officials.

59. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

60. Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

  • Priorities: to explore the development of new medical countermeasures and take other actions to enhance health security

61. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

62. Small Business Administration (SBA)

63. Social Security Administration (SSA)

  • Offices closed to the public for face-to-face service (as of March 17, 2020)
  • Priorities: Beware of scammers claiming the pandemic is stopping payments; short staffing; critical services by phone, mail, and online only.
    • SSA will contact individuals prior to their hearing to offer a hearing by phone
    • SSA is extending deadlines wherever possible
    • SSA has suspended workloads, including processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, overpayments, medical continuing disability reviews, 3rd party requests for information, and representative payee accountings.
  • SSA guide updated on May 14, 2020: Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients – Steps to Take and Schedule of Payments.

64. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

  • Day-use recreation areas closed, TVA campgrounds closed, many TCA recreation areas are closed, TVA employees in support and administrative functions are working remotely and travel is restricted
  • Priorities: Access maintained to public lands and waters, reliable electricity, flood management, and select project work with regulatory deadlines
  • June 12, 2020 updates on what is impacted and what is not

65. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • Travelers may wear a facemask during the screening process.
  • New social distancing procedures have been put in place.
  • Updated reports on TSA confirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Priorities: Ensuring that travelers get to their destinations as safely as possible; TSA established a map for notifying the public about airports where TSA officers have tested positive for COVID-19 virus.

66. U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM)

  • USAGM continues to follow guidance from the CDC, the White House, and public health authorities to inform agency policy and ensure the safety of USAGM staff around the world.
  • Priorities: Bring information regarding COVID-19, to the people who most need it.
  • Lies in the Time of COVID series, Part XII (June 17, 2020)

67. U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Priorities: Provide assistance to communities and nations, both nationally and around the globe, to help protect, detect, and respond to COVID-19.
    • USAID and the State Department have made available nearly $274 million to combat COIVD-19. More than 42 billion – which Congress provided to USAID and the State Department in two emergency supplemental appropriations – is being put to work to save lives.

68. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS)

  • USCIS offices temporarily closed to the public, but offices are reopened to the public as of June 4, 2020 to resume non-emergency face-to-face services; walk-in visits are not accepted at this time: all appointments must be scheduled.
    • USCIS will send notices to reschedule postponed naturalization schedules, which may be shorter to limit exposure.
  • Priorities: USCIS is using discretion to grant extensions or changes of status, employment authorizations for unforeseen circumstances, and various other situations that may require additional relief

69. U.S. Fire Administration

  • First responders, including the fire service and EMS employers need to be prepared to counter COVID-19 cases: the CDC has published interim guidance on COVID-19 for first responders
  • Priorities: CDC guidelines recommends that 911 and emergency medical dispatch screen callers for signs, symptoms, and risk factors of COVID-19; the agency warns against counterfeit NIOSH-approved respirators in the marketplace.
    • FEMA made an additional $100 million available to fire/EMS for COVID-19 response. Learn more about cost recovery for fire and EMS here.

70. U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)

  • Public Health Emergency declared Peterson Air Force Base as of March 23, 2020; DOD personnel should monitor their command social media pages and DOD/CDC local websites
  • Priorities: USNORTHCOM continues to monitor COVID-19 and encourages personnel to adhere to CDC guidelines.

71. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

  • On June 15, 2020, USPTO announced COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Program for certain trademark and service mark applications
  • On June 12, 2020, USPTO announced relief to restore priority or benefit rights for patent applicants
  • On June 3, 2020, USPTO released a press release announcing the launch of a COVID-19 Response Resource Center.
  • On May 27, 2020, USPTO further extended the time to file certain patent-related documents and pay certain required fees.
  • On May 8, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office announced the COVID-19 Prioritized Examination Pilot Program, permitting COVID-19-related applications filed by small and micro entities to be put on a fast track for patent examination. 
  • On May 6, 2020 USPTO announced it will temporarily permit the filing of plant patent applications and follow-on documents via the USPTO patent electronic filing systems (EFS-Web or Patent Center) until further notice.
  • On April 28, 2020, USPTO announced an extension of certain patent and trademark-related timing deadlines under CARES Act to June 1, 2020; USPTO waives original handwritten signature requirement, waives petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by COVID-19; Closed offices to the public as of March 16, 2020.
    • Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after March 13, 2020 will be conducted remotely by video or telephone.

72. U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

  • USSOCOM lists COVID-19 symptoms and FAQs, cases and latest updates, local mitigation strategies, and other resources on their COVID-19 webpage. The Situation Summary includes case counts, deaths, and a map of states with reported cases.

73. U.S. Trade Representative

  • Recommends CDC resources on how to prepare and protect against COVID-19; links to information on the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19.

74. Washington Headquarters Services

  • Current HPCON Status: HPCON B
    • The Pentagon Reservation and DoD offices and facilities in the NCR remain open and operational, but with restricted access and enhanced health protection measures being taken beyond the health protection measures begun under HPCON 0, HPCON A, and HPCON B, which continue.
    • Armed Forces Retirement Homes (Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Mississippi) are at HPCON D. Employees and family members should contact AFRH directly or go to their web site for guidance and instructions.
  • Priorities: Maintaining the cybersecurity, wellbeing, and safety of the nation as well as individuals and employees.

75. White House

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