GTPAC is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on government contractors. Our greatest concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and staff. As a unit of Georgia Tech, we will continue to comply with Georgia Tech’s operational directives and that of the University System of Georgia.
We are still operating and performing all counseling sessions by email, phone, or via online conferencing methods (GoToMeeting, Zoom). Because some of our counselors are now working from home, their phone contact information may have recently changed. Please visit the team directory and each counselor’s profile on our website for the most up-to-date contact information: https://gtpac.org/team-directory/
If you would like an appointment, please reach out to the specific procurement counselor you would like an appointment with by phone or email. If you would like an appointment with GTPAC’s Program Manager Andrew Smith, please book an appointment using his online appointment booking website.
All of our seminars and classes are now being taught online as webinars. You can register for any of our classes and seminars on our training events page here: https://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/events
When we resume normal operations and allow in-person appointments again, we will provide notification.
We have created this webpage as a resource for government contractors who have been impacted by COVID-19. We will update this webpage regularly with the latest news and information that may be helpful to government contractors during this difficult time.
Please continue to visit this resources page for the latest in helpful links, webinars, and current information.
- The Georgia Department of Economic Development is leading the state’s charge to identify manufacturers and distributors across the state who have in their inventory, or could produce, distribute, or store, critical health care equipment that is already limited in supply or may become scarce in the weeks ahead. We ask that businesses able to provide assistance and resources with factories already up and running, or with facilities that can be repurposed for these vital products, complete the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s market research form as soon as possible: https://www.georgia.org/covid19response
- Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan and economic programs under the CARES Act. You can access the website here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/
- See this article from the Georgia Department of Economic Development which provides a nice summary of available resources that can help small businesses in Georgia impacted by COVID-19: https://www.georgia.org/newsroom/blogs/gdecd-confronts-covid-19-solidarity-georgia-small-businesses
- For those who contract with the State of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) has created a COVID-19 page with dedicated pages for each of DOAS’ business units. The website contains information about DOAS’ response to COVID-19, resources that are available, along with contact information for key staff.
Small Business Loans and Economic Resources:
- The SBA has created a website to provide guidance to small businesses interested in Coronavirus (COVID-19) related resources and loans. You can visit the SBA’s website here: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
- If you need help understanding the SBA loan process or the economic resources available pursuant to the CARES Act, the Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network through the University of Georgia can help. They are the primary government entity that can counsel small businesses on SBA loan and economic resource programs. For the latest news on the SBDC’s efforts to address COVID-19, visit their website here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/
- You can also reach out to your local Georgia SBDC using the contact information listed here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/locations/
- Update: Georgia’s 17 Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) and Department of Community Affairs (DCA), has launched an information website to provide guidance on accessing a variety of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) programs under the CARES Act. You can access the website here: https://www.georgiasbdc.org/georgia-small-business-recovery/
- Click here to view and download the Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act.
- In this online post which provides an overview of CARES Act funding resources, you will find a list of SBA lenders in Georgia.
- The U.S. Department of Treasury has put on their website additional fact sheets regarding the CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses
General Contracting Guidance for Industry:
Many agencies are conducting market research in order to identify vendors who can provide needed supplies and services to respond to COVID-19. It is critically important that you respond to these market research inquiries when you see them. Normally you respond to these inquiries by supplying government agencies with the required information they request.
If the item or service you are selling is needed, responding to a market research inquiry, while not guaranteeing a contract, can potentially lead to an opportunity to contract.
Make sure your company is registered in SAM.GOV and the Disaster Response Registry. Many government agencies are searching the Disaster Response Registry for government contractors who can provide needed products and services in response to COVID-19.
Be sure to keep searching for opportunities including: Requests for Information (RFIs), sources sought (market research inquiries), and published solicitations (RFPs, RFQs, and IFBs).
You can find federal contracting opportunities at beta.sam.gov which is the official website agencies use to publish federal procurement opportunities.
For state and local government opportunities in Georgia, search the Georgia Procurement Registry: https://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/gpr/.
Other states also have websites where state and local contracting opportunities are posted.
Government agencies at all levels, including the Georgia Department of Economic Development are looking to identify manufacturers and distributors who can provide the following items:
- Air Purifying Machines
- Face Shields
- Gloves (Various Sizes/Nitrile or latex-free)
- Hair Covers
- Hand sanitizer
- Hospital Beds
- N-95 Masks or Equivalent
- Negative Pressure Machines
- No-Touch Thermometers
- Regular Thermometers if No-Touch Thermometers are not available
- Safety Goggles
- Sanitation Units
- Sanitizing Spray
- Sanitizing Wipes
- Shoe Covers
- Surgical Gowns
- Surgical Masks
- Tyvek Suits
If your business that can provide, produce, distribute, store – or quickly be repurposed to create the items included in the list above, the Georgia Department of Economic Development asks you to complete and submit this form as soon as possible: http://www.georgia.org/covid19response
When searching government opportunity websites, the list of items above may be important search terms for finding additional opportunities.
Remember the State of Georgia also publishes an Agency Procurement Officer contact list here: https://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_apo_public_list.jsp.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Contracting Guidance:
- FEMA’s Doing Business with FEMA Page is the best source of up-to-date information on how to reach out to FEMA to support its COVID-19 efforts.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Contracting Guidance:
USACE HQ has set up an inbox for contractors to submit their capabilities to be seen by all USACE Districts nationwide. If you wish to be considered for missions, please send capabilities statements to perform “build-out or retrofit of existing space (arenas, convention centers, dorms, hotels, etc.) into alternate care space” to: COVIDContracting@usace.army.mil. It is also suggested you include your response times (boots on the ground) by FEMA region or state to give those making decisions a better understanding of your capabilities. All other vendors expressing capabilities to support COVID-19 for other efforts (disinfecting recruiting stations, design of hospitals, etc.) should register in the Disaster Response Registry.
Department of Defense (DoD) Contracting Guidance:
The DoD COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (“JATF”) has launched a “COVID-19 JATF Industry Portal” where interested vendors can fill out a short form to provide information on ways they can help support our nation’s current response and continued resiliency. The Industry Portal is best accessed through the link on the main COVID-19 JATF web-page: https://www.acq.osd.mil/jatf.html
Defense Pricing and Contracting (“DPC”) has put out a document called “Contracting with the Department of Defense” that provides businesses that have not done business with the government in the past with a step-by-step approach to get started: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/pacc/cc/docs/COVID-19/Contracting_with_DoD_COVID-19_Memo_and_Attachment_3.27.2020.pdf
Visit the DPC COVID-19 page to view COVID-related material for the contracting community, including this announcement, at:
Other Helpful COVID-19 website links:
- DoD Office of Small Business Programs COVID-19 page: https://business.defense.gov/COVID-19-SMALL-BUSINESS-RESOURCES/
- Acquisition.gov Coronavirus Acquisition-Related Information and Resources: https://www.acquisition.gov/coronavirus
- System for Award Management (SAM) Disaster Response Registry information: https://www.acquisition.gov/disaster-response-registry
**Note:** It is critical that suppliers intending to provide medical devices and medical personal protective equipment register in the SAM Disaster Response Registry.
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Contracting Guidance:
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is also substantially involved in responding to COVID-19. The best source of information on DLA COVID-19 related opportunities can be found on DLA’s Small Business website.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Contracting Guidance:
Small businesses interested in selling medical equipment or supplies to the VA, please direct inquiries to contacts here: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/about/contacts.asp.
The regional VA small business contact is: Janice Elaine Ellison, VA Southeast Network, 334.260.4152, ext. 4152, in Montgomery, Alabama. Email: email@example.com
Disaster Contracting – Before the Storm (July 28, 2020):