October 4, 2021
President Biden’s executive order requiring contractors working on federal projects to adhere to Covid protocols was explained in more detail.
According to the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, federal contractors and subcontractors with a covered contract will be required to adhere to the following workplace safety protocols
- COVID-19 vaccination of employees of covered contractors, except in limited circumstances where an employee is legally entitled to housing;
- Compliance by individuals, including employees and visitors of Covered Subcontractors, with the Masking and Physical Distancing Guidelines in the Workplaces of Covered Subcontractors; and
- Designation by Covered Contractors of a person or persons to coordinate COVID-19 workplace safety efforts at the workplaces of Covered Contractors.
The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force is led by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Members of the task force include: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Protective Service (FPS), ‘Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the United States Secret Service (USSS).