Coronavirus National Emergency Resources & Information

Mar 16, 2020 | From HQ

At NDTA, we are committed to maintaining a strong national defense, no matter the threat. And, there is no doubt that the Coronavirus is a threat to global and US national security. In response, NDTA will do all it can to support government and industry efforts to defeat this new threat.

With that in mind, we are seeking to maintain strong communication links between government and industry, and we will use our media resources to educate and share information that we believe is timely and helpful. We ask everyone in the NDTA community to help us by sharing your concerns and insights. The NDTA headquarters staff is primarily be teleworking, but remains available via email.

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Resources

DHS Cyber and Infrastructure (CISA) Issues Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response.

The USCG issues virus guidance
The USCG issues virus guidance for commercial cargo vessel operations and follows CDC guidance.

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
General Information
DOD has set up a dedicated page with information on its response to the Coronavirus at www.defense.gov/Explore/Spotlight/Coronavirus. The page includes guidance specific to the Pentagon Reservation and DOD offices and facilities in the National Capital Region. In addition, recent DOD news articles on Coronavirus are available.

DOD Travel Restrictions
The Office of the Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum, “Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019,” that restricts travel across the Department for the next 60 days. Restrictions began March 13, 2020. As a result, our industry partners should anticipate an increase in reservation cancellations and/or rebookings. For more information on the restrictions can be found in its FAQs page.

OSD Stop Movement Order
Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted a 60-day stop movement order for all DoD uniformed and civilian personnel and their sponsored family members overseas, effective today. It impacts exercises, deployments, redeployments, and other global force management activities.

This order builds upon the previously enacted movement restrictions governing foreign travel, permanent change of station moves, temporary duty and personal leave, which was announced on March 11, 2020 through memorandum, “Travel Restrictions for DoD Components in Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019

DLA’s RFI for determining industry capabilities for providing PPE
The DLA Troop Support Clothing & Textiles Directorate is conducting market research to determine industry capabilities for providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against viral contamination, specifically COVID-19. This is a Request for Information only and not a solicitation for award.

Find a Procurement Technical Assistance Center
More than 300 local PTAC offices serve most areas of the country. If there is not a PTAC office that serves your specific area, contact one that is nearest to you, and they may be able to help you. Most PTACs can also provide assistance via phone, e-mail, and web call in cases where distance presents a challenge.

Contracting with the DOD—Supporting the Response to COVID-19
A memo from DOD Defense Pricing and Contracting that along with the Defense Acquisition Toolkit provide essential information for any business that might wish to create or expand their relationship with the Department of Defense during the COVID-19 response.

From the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment:

DOD Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings
SECDEF directive
for all personnel on DOD installations to wear facemasks/coverings when 6′ of distance cannot be maintained.

Delegation of authority for passenger, cargo, and patient movement during COVID-19 public health emergency

CARES Act

Defense Production Act
Information on the Defense Production Act

Telework Guidance
Guidance for Use of Embedded Computer Capabilities and External Computer Peripherals in Telework Environments

 

DTMO Resources
The Defense Travel Management Office maintains and updates a coronavirus webpage. While this page is directed toward travelers, there is good information available there for all concerned.

Bus Carriers/Operators
We understand the significant impact that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the travel industry.  It is for this reason that the Defense Travel Management Office is extending the Military Bus Agreement #4 termination date until April 30, 2020.

DoD-approved carriers that do not apply for the DoD Bus Agreement #5 will not be able to bid on future DoD moves after this date. The termination of Military Bus Agreement #4 does not affect the rights or obligations that have vested or accrued prior to the effective date of such termination.

All carriers, including DoD-approved carriers, interested in participating in the DoD Bus Program under DoD Bus Agreement #5 must submit a new DoD Bus Program Carrier application at: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/dod_bus_program_application/.   

Please be patient as we work to quickly approve applications and answer your questions. The processing time to review bus applications is taking longer than expected due to the increased workload related to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust the termination date if needed.  

If you have any questions, please email us at: dodhra.mc-alex.dtmo.mbx.military-bus-program@mail.mil.

How to help during the coronovirus outbreak

FEMA Regional POC

Industry Liason Program information

Critical Transportation as Part of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Information

Information regarding providing aid and doing business with FEMA in support of COVID-19 response: Consolidated Resources and Information for NBEOC Business and Infrastructure Partners and COVID-19 Background & Additional Information

FEMA Administrator April 15, 2020, letter to Emergency Managers

FEMA FACT SHEET Coronavirus: (COVID-19) Pandemic – Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

DRAFT DOD Process for Section 3610 Reimbursement: Implementation Guidance
Instructions on making comments to draft guidance

Defense Industrial Base

Small Businesses
Valuable information about Small Business Loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is available at (information based on the Care Act): www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources#section-header-2

Trucking
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is giving an hours of service exemption to truckers hauling supplies related to the coronavirus outbreak. The order, issued late Friday, says the exemption applies to those trucks hauling supplies related directly to “the immediate restoration of essential services, such as medical care, or essential supplies such as food.”

For more details, visit FMCSA emergency declaration outlined for drivers. The OOIDA Coronavirus information page also contains pertinent information such as virus-related notifications from the states.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL) have launched a new Commercial Routing Assistance (CRA) tool for truckers and other commercial drivers in the US.

Air Carriers
US and foreign aircrews are subject to the approved Occupational Health and Safety Plans established by their employers.  Beyond that, US Government COVID-19: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews has been provided jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and can be accessed through the FAA website and CDC website.

Aircrews following their carrier’s Occupational Health and Safety Plan, as well as the FAA-CDC crew health guidance, will be considered compliant with coronavirus health requirements and are not subject to further screening or restrictions applicable to other travelers. As long as they remain asymptomatic, crew members may continue to work on flights into, within, or departing from the United States.

Additional interim guidance for crew on passenger or cargo flights and for first responders may also be found through the CDC website for Updated Interim Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus

The McKinsey & Co. COVID Response Center
A collection of interviews, tools, webinars, data bases, case studies, and helpful guides on how to tackle the crisis from a variety of perspectives.

COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition (C19HCC) Resources:
The C19HCC has launched a COVID-19 Decision Support Dashboard. This new tool synthesizes large amounts of complex, essential data into easy-to-use key findings for public and private-sector leaders navigating the “reopening” of communities and businesses.

The C19HCC Supply Chain Working Group has released a white paper, Preparing Supply Chain Operations for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Response.

Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
The impact on the PCS season is too early to assess. The JTR does a pretty good job of providing policy guidance in these situations. So far, DTMO has made only one change to the JTR as a result of the potential isolation or quarantine of our travelers during their PCS. Approval by the PDTATAC is imminent:

040102. Allowances if Isolation or Quarantine is Required When Returning from Government-Funded Leave Travel
If a public health official, medical official, or authorizing/order issuing official orders a Service member to isolate or quarantine before proceeding to the PDS, then the Service member may be issued TDY orders and is authorized standard travel and transportation allowances in accordance with JTR, Chapter 2.  If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.

050106. Isolation or Quarantine
If a public health official, medical official, or authorizing/order issuing official orders a Service member and a Service member’s dependents to isolate or quarantine after detaching or signing out of the unit, then per diem is payable for both the Service member and dependents at the location specified in the orders. If the Service member or dependents are required to travel to an alternate location, then standard PCS allowances are paid in accordance with JTR, Chapter 5, Part A. If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.

050603. Isolation or Quarantine is Required After Arrival at the New PDS and Before TLE Begins
If a public health official, medical official, or authorizing/order issuing official orders a Service member and a Service member’s dependents to isolate or quarantine after arrival at the new PDS and before TLE begins, then the Service member and dependents are authorized per diem in accordance with JTR Chapter 5, Part A. If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.

050816-D
Isolation or Quarantine. If a public health official, medical official, or authorizing/order issuing official orders the dependent to isolate or quarantine, then per diem is authorized.  If the dependent’s orders are amended to travel to an alternate location, then transportation and per diem are authorized in accordance with JTR Chapter 5, Part A.  If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.

Allowances if Ordered to Delay Proceeding after Departing or Detaching from the Old PDS

  1. Service Members. If a Service member is ordered to temporarily return to the old PDS or to an alternate location, then the Service member should be issued TDY orders and is authorized standard travel and transportation allowances in accordance with JTR, Chapter 2.  If the Service member is ordered to remain in place or to an alternate location to await transportation, then per diem may be authorized in accordance with JTR Chapter 5, Part A.  If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.
  2. Service Member’s Dependents.  If the Service member’s dependents are ordered to remain in place awaiting transportation, then per diem may be authorized in accordance with JTR Chapter 5, Part A.  If the dependents are ordered to temporarily return to the old PDS or to an alternate location to await transportation, then the dependents are authorized standard PCS allowances from the location where notified of the delay to the location named in the amended PCS order, in accordance with JTR, Chapter 5, Part A.  If lodging in kind or meals in kind are provided, then per diem is not payable.

Chapter Responses

WEBINAR: Impact of COVID-19 on Maritime Shipping & Global Logistics Networks
Join the NDTA Washington DC Chapter this Thursday, May 21 from 12:00-1:00pm EST, to explore the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on maritime shipping and global logistics networks.

Guest speakers will be Eric Ebeling, President and CEO, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier, and Chris Heibel, Vice President, American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (bios). Topics addressed will include: How is this industry dealing with surviving the immediate impact of the Pandemic, with the drastic changes experienced by maritime shipping and attendant global inter-modal networks, since the crisis began only a few months ago? What changes may occur of a short-term nature or long-term structural changes? What can be expected from the Department of Defense as maritime shipping undergoes change?

*IMPORTANT: The webinar is free, but access is limited to registered guests. This is a private webinar, so please register in advance to receive log in instructions:

  1. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
  2. Select “REGISTRATION FOR CHAPTER WEBINAR” (no cost)
  3. Register using your email address so login instructions can be emailed to you 

Contact noelle.jewell@hilton.com with any questions or for issues with registration. Updated information about this and future lunches will be available on the DC Chapter website at https://ndtadc.squarespace.com.

YOU’RE INVITED: NDTA DC Chapter Monthly Meeting Webinar April 23
Last month, DC NDTA explored the impact of COVID-19 on government travel. This month’s webinar will look at how COVID-19 is affecting logistics services. DHL Express’ Ethan Mattern, Head of Public Sector, and Michael Taylor, Director, Head of Public Sector Compliance and Governance, will explore how the express industry is adapting to immense volatility: How are concerns for employee safety changing handling procedures? What are USTRANSCOM’s expectations of the express industry over the short- and medium-term?

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us on April 23, 2020, from 12:00-1:00pm (EDT). To attend the webinar, click on the link below:

Join Skype Meeting

Join by phone:
+1 480 824 4431 (United States/English)

Conference ID: 876569739

 

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The NDTA DC Chapter hosted a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on March 26 with presentations from Omega World Travel and International SOS. Among the takeaways discussed by Dr. Mark Fisher of ISOS and Nadim Hajje of Omega were to expect continued disruption for several weeks or more; expectations of more isolation policies by state and local governments, psychological, and economic impact on the population and potential spikes in COVID 19 infections when people start to travel again. There has been a distinct impact with DoD prohibitions on travel and it is uncertain if they will continue past May.

For further information please contact Todd Binkowski,  and Nadim Hajje.

Conference Calls

DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure, and Integration (OB3I) Teleconference
A business and infrastructure partners call is being conducted twice weekly concerning the COVID-19. The teleconference includes an overview of the current situation, a discussion on supply chain issues, updates from available regions or sectors, and provides an open forum for questions and information sharing.

  • Mondays and Fridays
    3:00 pm EDT
  • Dial-In #: 1-800-619-3427
  • Passcode/PIN: 2725748

Business and Infrastructure partners are also invited to access the FEMA NBEOC Operations Dashboard via the following link:

https://fema.connectsolutions.com/nbeoc

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