COVID-19 FAQs & Guidance (APR-6)

Mar 28 2020

SBAIC is strongly committed to the safety and security of all implementing partners. To help us respond to your questions, we request you send us any questions you may have collected by Tuesday at noon each week. We will do our best to address/update our FAQs weekly. If something urgent comes up, please feel free to reach out to us immediately:

COVID-19 FAQs – April 6, 2020

We appreciate your continued input and engagement with your members as we work through COVID-19. Below are updated FAQs that are being posted on this evening. All new questions and updates to existing responses are highlighted in yellow. We have also made a few small updates to the Memorandum authorizing COVID-19 flexibilities pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-20-17. Updates are highlighted in yellow.

COVID-19 Survey – April 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has given the Small Business Association for International Companies (SBAIC) an opportunity come up with new strategies for engaging with our members in a virtual setting. The current world-wide crisis demands a shift in operations and new work processes while continuing to follow social distancing protocol. SBAIC intends to navigate through the current crisis by maintaining much of our normal operations while  adapting to the use of web-based technologies and virtual opportunities as much as possible.

The SBAIC communications committee would like to garner members’ feedback to improve its operations and provide additional networking and educational events over the next few months. Please respond to this short survey to assist in this effort.

To complete the survey, use the following link: SBAIC Member Engagement Questionnaire During the COVID-19 April 2020

The survey will be active until 11:59pm, Friday, April 24, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you.

Guidance Documents – March 27, 2020

A) Below are updated COVID-19 FAQ documents; we’ve highlighted changes to responses and new questions. 

B) On March 24, 2020, Administrator Green signed the Expedited Procedures Package (EPP) for Responding to Outbreaks of Contagious Infectious Diseases. The EPP is intended to enhance USAID’s ability to address the rapidly changing circumstances of the current outbreak of COVID-19. The memo approves:

  1. The use of other than full-and-open competition in the award or modification of contracts.
  2. The use of restricted eligibility for competition in the award or amendment of assistance instruments (see Tab 2 for details).
  3. A general source-and-nationality waiver to permit the procurement of goods and services, including medicines and restricted commodities, from Geographic Code 935 (any area or country, but excluding prohibited sources) (see Tab 3 for details).

C) We posted the updated Memorandum Authorizing COVID-19 Flexibilities Pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Memorandum M-20-17 and highlighted the changes in yellow.

Guidance Documents – March 13, 2020

In addition to USAID guidance, we listed guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Please review this information as soon as possible and share it with your teams. USAID is planning to hold a partner call sometime next week to help address specific questions related to this guidance. SBAIC will share additional details on the call as soon as they are set.

Questions related to specific awards with USAID should be directed to the relevant Contracting or Agreement Officer. If you have more general questions, they should be sent to