Extension of the Federal Public Health Emergency
July 2, 2020
A spokesperson for the United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Agency announced this week they would be extending the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The current COVID-19 PHE was set to expire on July 25, the additional 90 days will begin after that date.
The extension of the PHE will also trigger additional Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 assistance for local governments and changes to regulatory and statutory flexibilities. Some of the changes include waiver or modifications under Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.
In March, FEMA began issuing COVID-19 guidance and factsheets for local governments on noncompetitive procurement guidelines during an emergency. CSAC wanted to remind counties of this guidance and to encourage counties to continue documenting all financial and contractual details related to COVID-19.