COVID-19 Task Force Flags Future Guidance on Vaccine, Workplace Safety Requirements for Federal Contractors
On October 14, 2022, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released a roadmap for federal contractors of anticipated guidance on how federal agencies would be handling the implementation and enforcement of the federal contractor vaccine mandate and workplace safety requirements of Executive Order 14042, "Ensuring Adequate Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors." The Task Force — created by President Biden to provide guidance to federal agencies on handling operational issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic — anticipates a "potential narrowing of the existing nationwide injunction on October 18, 2022." As a result, the Task Force anticipates the release of three documents: (1) notice from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to federal agencies regarding compliance with injunctions and the inclusion of vaccine mandate clauses in future solicitations and contracts; (2) updates to Task Force guidance on safety protocols for covered contractor and subcontractor workplace locations, including a timeline for implementation; and (3) additional guidance from OMB on "timing and considerations for provision of written notice from agencies to contractors regarding enforcement of contract clauses" implementing vaccine and workplace safety mandates. Notably, until OMB issues the guidance above, agencies are directed not to take any steps to require compliance with the Task Force guidance or enforce any contract clauses implementing the requirements of Executive Order 14042.
We will continue to monitor and report on the guidance related to the federal contractor vaccine mandate and workplace safety requirements as well as the requirements and timeline for compliance. If you have questions about the Task Force's announcement or potential impact on your business as a federal contractor or subcontractor, please contact one of the Miller & Chevalier attorneys listed below:
Jason N. Workmaster, email@example.com, 202-656-5893
Alex L. Sarria, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-626-5822
Sarah Barney, email@example.com, 202-626-5920
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