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Aviation contractors axed jobs as U.S. delayed aid, House panel finds

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. aviation contractors laid off thousands of workers due to delays in payroll aid from the U.S. Treasury that was meant to protect jobs, an investigation by a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee found.

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), companies in the aviation sector were granted funds to cover six months of their payroll as the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a precipitous decline in air travel.

The legislation banned any job cuts through September, and requires the U.S. Department of the Treasury to begin distributing funds to eligible companies within 10 days of the law’s approval on March 27.

But an investigation by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis found that top contractors did not receive the money until months later, resulting in more than 16,500 layoffs and furloughs at 15 companies, more than 15% of the aviation contractor workforce.

“Had Treasury met the deadline set by Congress, many of these jobs would have been preserved,” the report said.

Treasury did not immediately comment.

Among the top seven contractors, Swissport waited 99 days before its payroll support agreement with Treasury was finalized, Gate Gourmet 78 days and Flying Food Fare 74 days, leading to nearly 12,000 layoffs and furloughs at those three companies alone.

The companies still received the full amount of federal aid based on their pre-pandemic workforce, even though they had laid off many of those workers, the report said.

Swissport, Gate Gourmet and Flying Food Fare did not immediately comment.

Aviation contractors were awarded $3 billion under the first CARES Act and could see those funds extended for another six months if Congress passes a second stimulus package.

The report recommends another round of aid but said layoffs should be prohibited until a company uses all of

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Qatar- Nod for draft decision on panel for evaluation of contractors

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision to establish a technical committee regarding the classification and evaluation of contractors, suppliers and service providers, Qatar News Agency reported.
This came at the Cabinet’s regular meeting at the Amiri Diwan, which was chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.
Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi issued a statement on the details of the proceedings.
The above-mentioned technical committee is concerned with providing technical advisory opinion on the classification and evaluation of the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers stipulated in the tenders and auctions law and its implementing regulations, particularly expressing opinion in the following matters:
1- Proposing rules, standards, and determinations for classifying and evaluating the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers in all specialties.
2- Requesting classification, reclassification, classification amendment, and determination of the class for each company.
3- Adding new specialisations to the existing specialisations in the classification system.
4- Creating forms for classification and reclassification for contractors, suppliers and service providers.
5- Complaints lodged against rating applications, and corporate performance evaluation.
The committee submits its recommendations to the department concerned with regulating government procurement at the Ministry of Finance.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to join the following:
1- The framework agreement to establish the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
2- A new working group in the field of renewable energy within the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC).
3- The Arab Renewable Energy Commission.
Further, the Cabinet gave its nod to a draft protocol amending the agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and the

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Nod for draft decision on panel for evaluation of contractors

The Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision to establish a technical committee regarding the classification and evaluation of contractors, suppliers and service providers, Qatar News Agency reported.
This came at the Cabinet’s regular meeting at the Amiri Diwan, which was chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani.
Following the meeting, HE the Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi issued a statement on the details of the proceedings.
The above-mentioned technical committee is concerned with providing technical advisory opinion on the classification and evaluation of the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers stipulated in the tenders and auctions law and its implementing regulations, particularly expressing opinion in the following matters:
1- Proposing rules, standards, and determinations for classifying and evaluating the performance of contractors, suppliers and service providers in all specialties.
2- Requesting classification, reclassification, classification amendment, and determination of the class for each company.
3- Adding new specialisations to the existing specialisations in the classification system.
4- Creating forms for classification and reclassification for contractors, suppliers and service providers.
5- Complaints lodged against rating applications, and corporate performance evaluation.
The committee submits its recommendations to the department concerned with regulating government procurement at the Ministry of Finance.
The Cabinet also gave its approval to join the following:
1- The framework agreement to establish the International Solar Alliance (ISA).
2- A new working group in the field of renewable energy within the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Co-operation of the Organisation of the Islamic Co-operation (COMCEC).
3- The Arab Renewable Energy Commission.
Further, the Cabinet gave its nod to a draft protocol amending the agreement between the governments of the State of Qatar and the government of Guernsey regarding

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