COVID-19 Federal Updates: April 16
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
As of Wednesday afternoon, global coronavirus cases have now surpassed 2 million with 129,045 lives have been lost to the virus; more than 26,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus.
U.S. House Democrats are hoping to vote Friday on the next round of coronavirus relief, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday, but disagreements over the process may push it to next week. When the crisis presumably subsides, Congress then may attempt to pivot from emergency rescues toward more economic stimulus, which could include a significant infrastructure package.
The White House plans to release guidelines on Thursday to inform states on how to relax coronavirus restrictions and reopen businesses.
The President announced “Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups … will work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of … American prosperity.”
U.S. Treasury and the IRS unveiled an online application to help with Economic Impact Payments. “Get My Payment” allows people to provide direct deposit information, gives a payment date, and is available only on IRS.gov.
On Tuesday, the federal banking agencies issued an interim final rule to temporarily defer real estate-related appraisals and evaluations under the agencies' interagency appraisal regulations. The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are providing this temporary relief to allow regulated institutions to extend financing to creditworthy households and businesses quickly in the wake of the national emergency declared in connection with COVID-19.
The Department of Health and Human Services will publish this document in the Federal Register regarding liability protections under existing public health statute for the manufacture, sale, distribution, or use of covered medical countermeasures. This is an amendment to the original declaration and aims to extend liability immunity for activities related to medical countermeasures against COVID-19.
According to Senator Rob Portman, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new ventilator for coronavirus patients produced by a new Cleveland company called SecondBreath LLC.
Additional Federal Guidance (As of April 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.):
HHS - The Administration for Children and Families to Release Funding to Support the Child Care and Development Block Grant (Click here)
CMS - CMS Increases Medicare Payment for High-Production Coronavirus Lab Tests (Click here)
NIH - NIH study validates decontamination methods for re-use of N95 respirators (Click here)
DHS-FEMA - FEMA announces funding notice for Emergency Management Performance Grant Supplemental Allocation (Click here)
Treasury - Statement by Secretary Mnuchin on the Payroll Support Program (Click here)
Treasury - “Get My Payment” Web App Launched for Americans to Submit Direct Deposit Information and Track Payments (Click here)
Treasury - Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (Click here)
DOL - Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Click here)
DOL - U.S. Department of Labor Takes Action to Help American Workers During the Coronavirus Pandemic (Click here)
DOL - U.S. Department of Labor Announces $91.8 Million Funding Opportunity To Assist America’s Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (Click here)
HUD - HUD Implements New CARES Act Multifamily Mortgage Payment Relief to Maintain and Preserve Affordable Rental Housing (Click here)
HUD - CARES Act Flexibilities for CDBG Funds Used to Support Coronavirus Response (Click here)
HUD - New Section 108 Q&A Document for Assisting Business Borrowers Experiencing Distress as a Result of the Coronavirus (Click here)
HUD - HUD Issues Memoranda on Suspensions and Waivers for HOME Program COVID-19 Response (Click here)
DOE - DOE Announces Crude Oil Storage Contracts to Help Alleviate U.S. Oil Industry Storage Crunch (Click here)
DOJ - Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission Jointly Issue Statement on COVID-19 and Competition in U.S. Labor Markets (Click here)
EXIM - EXIM Board Takes Action in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Temporarily Restricting Export Support for Needed U.S. Medical Supplies and Equipment (Click here)