DATE: March 13, 2020

SUBJECT: Initial Guidance Regarding Actions to Address Effect of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

TO: HCAs/Procurement Directors/Contracting Officers
FROM: Director, Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division, Office of Policy, Office of Acquisition Management


This flash provides:  (1) the attached initial DOE/NNSA Acquisition Guidance for Contracting Officers; (2) the attached DOE Travel Guidance that was issued via DOECAST on Friday, March 6th; and (3) the  attached March 9, 2020, OMB memorandum on Administrative Relief for  Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance.  Additionally, NNSA issued an NNSACAST on Monday, March 9th.  NNSA Contracting Officers’  questions concerning the NNSACAST should be directed to the Office of  Acquisition Management--Oliver Voss at (202) 586-8838/via email at or Kim Gallegos at 505-845-4745/via email at:




Contracting Officers should share the DOE Travel guidance with their contractors (particularly those performing work on-site) and instruct them to direct any questions directly to their cognizant Contracting Officer.

Regarding the OMB memorandum, programs should be encouraged to use the guidance to the extent applicable.  Questions should be directed to Richard Bonnell of the Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division, Office of Policy in the Office of Acquisition Management at (202) 287-1747 or at

Contracting Officer Questions concerning this policy flash should be directed to the Contract and Financial Assistance Policy Division at

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