Accession Number:



Defense Production Act (DPA): Recent Developments in Response to COVID-19

Descriptive Note:

[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

Corporate Author:

Congressional Research Service

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:


Pagination or Media Count:



The Administration has employed the Defense Production Act of 1950 DPA as part of federal countermeasures to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 pandemic. The DPA confers presidential authorities to mobilize domestic industry in service of the national defense, broadly defined, including emergency preparedness. The DPA includes provisions under Title I to prioritize the acceptance of contracts, and to allocate scarce goods, materials, and services and under Title III, to provide for the expansion of productive capacity. Title VII provides definitions and other supporting provisions.

Subject Categories:

  • Protective Equipment
  • Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement:

[A, Approved For Public Release]