INSA Support for the Trusted Workforce

INSA Support for the Trusted Workforce

INSA Support for the Trusted Workforce

Below you will find the ways INSA has been working to help support the Trusted Workforce in response to COVID-19. This page also includes helpful resources and government guidance.
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Sen. Warner Urges OMB to Clarify Relief for National Security Contractors

April 2, 2020

INSA supports the April 2 letter Sen. Warner sent to OMB Acting Director Russell Vought urging OMB to issue a directive so government agencies consistently implement Section 3610 of the CARES Act. "Without such overarching directive, I fear that agencies and their contracting officers will take disparate approaches, leading to uncertainty and instability in the contractor industrial base, if not a permanent loss of capability," wrote Sen. Warner. "In addition, I want to avoid draconian cutbacks that may create significant counterintelligence risks." Read the letter.

INSA Applauds Passage of the CARES Act

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...Read more.

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Contractors Negotiate Arrangements with Intell Agencies to Continue Classified Work during Pandemic
April 2, 2020

Some contractors working with agencies within the intelligence community are negotiating arrangements with contract officers on a case-by-case basis to continue to perform classified work during the coronavirus pandemic...Read more.

INSA Letter to ODNI, OMB, OPM, OSD/A&S  

March 21, 2020

SUBJECT: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the
Cleared Industrial Base

Dear Acting Directors Grenell and Rigas, Deputy Director Weichert, and Under Secretary Lord:

Federal agencies, particularly in the national security community, depend on contractors to execute critical government missions and ensure the continuity of government. For this reason, the Defense Industrial Base, which includes companies providing intelligence support, is identified as a critical infrastructure sector by the Department of Homeland Security.

We write to encourage you to do all that is possible to bolster the health of government’s industry partners in the national security sector, which face dire financial straits as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. One rough industry estimate assesses that to maintain operational costs and a steady workforce during a one-month full shutdown, a grouping of 20 large public defense industrial base companies would see an 85 percent reduction in cash flow and a 33 percent increase in debt, bringing some government contractors – particularly small and medium-sized firms – to the verge of default... Read more.

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Legal update on coronavirus impact
March 26, 2020

As COVID-19 keeps spreading and government agencies continue to provide flexibility to its own workforce, and since my last commentary, government contractor anxiety over its own employees and potential contractual and legal risk continues...Read more.

Defense, Intel Agencies Respond to What COVID-19 Means for their Employees
March 26, 2020

Some agencies are not well-suited for telework due to the classified nature of their work, such as agencies within the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community. Coupled with the importance of their work to national security...Read more.

DOD asks contractors to maximize telework capabilities
March 25, 2020

The Defense Department wants contractors to maximize telework opportunities in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Kim Herrington, the acting director for Defense Pricing and Contracting in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, issued a memo March 20 instructing defense companies to "consider unprecedented flexibilities"...Read more.

As more government workers are sent home, coronavirus risks hobbling U.S. intelligence
March 25, 2020

The rapid spread of the coronavirus has sent a large number of federal workers home to telework, in some cases limiting government services, raising concerns that some of the nation’s highly sensitive national security work, which can often only be done in secure facilities, could suffer...Read more.

Telework Should Be an Option for Some Workers With Security Clearances
March 25, 2020

The national security community is facing new challenges in the wake of COVID-19. With the coronavirus demanding social distancing and creating new calls for workers in some communities to begin telework...Read more.

Earlier Articles:
Telework cybersecurity guidance could be on the way
DOD to extend maximum telework to contractors
5 Tips for Cleared Workers Navigating Working From Home
Contractors getting federal guidance on working amid coronavirus pandemic
Trade group calls for Trump administration policy to help protect intelligence contractors (March 23, 2020)
The Cipher Daily Brief Newsletter (March 23, 2020)
INSA to Directors on Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on the Cleared Industrial Base (March 22, 2020)

Multi-Association Letter to Congress | Support to Gov't Contractors Unable to Access Federal Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 19, 2020

The undersigned organizations write to seek your support for the issuance of adequate guidance to ensure the health and economic security of the thousands of federal government contractors that work side by side with federal employees each day in support of their mission. As the COVID-19 pandemic has reached federal offices and is forcing closures and quarantines, there has been inconsistent federal agency guidance and direction as to the treatment of contractors during this uncertain time...Read more.

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What contractors want to see in coronavirus relief bill
March 20, 2020

Ten trade organizations that count government contractors as members have asked congressional leaders to include language in pending economic relief legislation that will give direct help to GovCon firms amid the coronavirus pandemic...Read more.

Trade organizations call on Congress to assist government contractors | Inside Defense
March 19, 2020

Ten trade organizations today sent a letter to congressional leaders seeking language in pending relief legislation that will help government contractors...Read more.

NDIA leads associations calling on Congress to cover contractors during COVID-19 response
March 19, 2020

With the COVID-19 virus response directing people to avoid contact and stay at home, Congress needs to give sound guidelines “to ensure the health and economic security”...Read more.

INSA Statement: Implications of COVID-19 for the Cleared Workforce

March 10, 2020

To mitigate the potential implications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is entirely possible that federal government offices will close for a period of time. Although many unclassified tasks may be suitable for telecommuting, classified work cannot be performed outside a government-approved secure facility; as a result, non-essential classified work that must be performed in secure workspaces may be significantly disrupted. Many companies with extensive government contracts – and their employees – could find it difficult to weather a sustained interruption of operations....Read more.

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Senator Calls on Administration to Offer Flexibilities on Security Clearance Adjudications for Coronavirus | Government Executive Article on Sen. Warner's (D-VA) Letter to OPM
March 12, 2020

A top Democrat called on the federal government on Wednesday to offer flexibilities on security clearance adjudications for the intelligence community for novel coronavirus-related matters...Read more.

Telework during a coronavirus outbreak? Not usually an option for classified federal workers | Federal News Network Interview with INSA's Larry Hanauer
March 10, 2020

Though many agencies have explained how their employees will continue mission-critical work during a potential COVID-19 outbreak, the classified federal workforce has far fewer options...Read more.

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