On April 9, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued the following statement:
“The recent passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has given the U.S. government a powerful tool to use in the protection of our valuable partners in the federal contractor workforce, as we together face the COVID-19 crisis. Section 3610 of the CARES Act, ‘Federal Contractor Authority,’ provides flexibility to agencies to reimburse contractors for keeping their employees in a ready state, even when those contractor employees are unable to report to an approved work site or are otherwise unable to telework. The Intelligence Community (IC) is working closely together to implement this important new flexibility.
“The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with IC agencies, has issued a set of guiding principles to facilitate the consistent and effective implementation of Section 3610. ODNI strongly encourages IC agencies to make full use of the flexibility provided by this act, and in other existing contracting tools, to enable contract personnel to stay home in a ‘ready state’ during the national effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”