MEMORANDUM TO THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES – Preserving the Resilience of the Federal Contracting Base in the Fight Against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19

Office of Management and Budget (0MB) Memorandum M-20-21 outlines the Administration’ s commitment to both rapid delivery of COVID-19 relief legislation funding and accountability mechanisms to help safeguard taxpayer dollars. The guidance references 0MB Memorandum M-20-18 1 which is intended to help the acquisition workforce ensure the health and safety of federal contractors in light of COVID-19, while maintaining continued contract performance in support of agency missions. This memorandum supplements Memorandum M-20-18 with guidance for the implementation of section 3 610 of the Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (Pub. L. No. 116-136). Section 3610 provides agencies an additional discretionary authority to reimburse costs of paid leave to federal contractors and subcontractors, subject to conditions described below.

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