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Soon: Contractor language on COVID

Private contractors doing business with the federal government will see new language requiring COVID mitigation—including vaccination of all workers—when they ink new or recurring deals with agencies. 

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) is scheduled to have that new language, in the form of a contract clause, hammered out by the end of this week—the deadline is Oct. 8, as a new report in the National Law Journal reminds and offers extensive detail and links to laws and regulations pertinent to the upcoming change. 

The language—which must be crafted to facilitate enforcement of the stricter rules—will be required as part of federal contracts, under authority of President Biden’s Executive Order (EO) 14042, issued Sept. 9 of this year, and the subsequent Sept. 24 Guidance on the matter. 

The FAR Council, as the piece explains, is currently working on that new language.

Lawsuits have been filed seeking to stop the contractor requirement from taking effect, but no court has ruled to block either the EO or any subsequent guidance on this. The language must be placed in new contracts by Nov. 14. And, regardless, all contractors—whether working on a federal worksite or from home—will be required to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021. 

The piece did note there may be some temporary exceptions—a grace period—granted under certain specific circumstances, but the details on this are yet to be announced.

Reader comments

Mon, Oct 4, 2021

It's already out, we got the clause yesterday

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