(Arlington, VA) March 27, 2020 -- The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA), an association representing 160 federal contractors supporting defense and intelligence agencies, applauds the passage of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law by President Trump on Friday, March 27. This vital legislation provides much needed financial relief for thousands of private-sector businesses that make up our nation’s Defense Industrial Base. INSA President Suzanne Wilson Heckenberg issued the following statement in response to the passage of this landmark legislation:
“Sec. 3610 of the Act allows for important contract modifications that INSA called for to help companies performing essential national security duties remain financially viable and able to continue employing cleared, highly skilled workers. The legislation enables government agencies to continue to pay contractors if they cannot perform their work because of coronavirus-related restrictions, such as the closure of federal facilities or the inability to telework. Such restrictions disproportionately affect contractors who perform classified work, which cannot be undertaken outside of a secure facility.
The CARES Act will ensure contractors supporting defense and intelligence agencies can continue executing critical national security missions both during and after the pandemic.
INSA looks forward to working closely with the Intelligence Community, the Defense Department, and other agencies on the implementation of this critical legislation.”