ARLINGTON, VA (February 26, 2021)—The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and nine other industry associations have sent a letter urging congressional leaders to extend Section 3610 of the CARES Act through September 30, 2021. This vital provision enables federal agencies to provide payments that keep critical national security workers employed if remote work is not feasible and if health and safety measures prevent them from accessing work sites, such as assembly lines or secure spaces necessary for handling classified information. Without an extension, the provision is set to expire on March 31, 2021, potentially endangering the livelihoods of thousands of contract workers.
“Section 3610 has enabled federal contractors to keep workers with critical skills and security clearances employed even when they were unable to do their work in approved or secure facilities,” said Larry Hanauer, INSA’s VP for Policy. “Literally tens of thousands of jobs have been preserved by these authorities since the CARES Act was passed last March. Extending this provision through the end of the fiscal year will enable the industry to preserve jobs until a critical mass of workers are vaccinated and can return to their normal place of work.”
Extending 3610 in the pending pandemic relief bill would prevent a gap in authorities after March 31 that could endanger critical national security jobs. Because so many companies affected by 3610 support intelligence and national security missions, Sens. Mark Warner and Marco Rubio, the chair and vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have written to Senate leadership to urge them to extend 3610 authorities as part of the next appropriate legislative vehicle or in stand-alone legislation, which they introduced (S.460) this week.Read the Letter
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) is the leading nonpartisan, nonprofit forum for driving public-private partnerships to advance intelligence and national security priorities. a 501(c)(6) membership organization, INSA strives to identify, develop, and promote collaborative approaches to national security challenges. INSA has more than 160 organizations in its membership and enjoys extensive participation from leaders and senior executives in the public, private, and academic sectors.