For questions related to attestation forms and facility access, please see Safer Federal Workforce Vaccinations page for the most up-to-date information regarding access requirements to federal facilities. It covered contractor employees must comply with agency safety requirements while in federal workplaces.
GSA is awaiting clarification from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on whether testing is required for contractor employees who are legally entitled to an accommodation.
Contracting officers may exercise discretion to extend performance if they determine an extension would be appropriate to address performance impacts that directly result from a contractor's compliance with the Safer Federal Workforce Guidance.
Contracting officers and contracting officer's representatives are encouraged to use their discretion. Ensuring a vaccinated workforce is a high national priority.
There is no contractor cost for vaccination, and vaccination is widely available. The implementation of the clause will decrease the spread of COVID-19, which will decrease worker absence, reduce labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors.
Upcoming OSHA guidance gives companies with 100 or more employees the option of vaccination or weekly testing. The deviation will be less expensive for Federal contractors.
Accordingly, the cost of implementing the safeguards required by the deviation is expected to be offset by the cost avoidance of lost productivity.
Claims or requests for equitable adjustment due to COVID-19 vaccination should be submitted to your Contracting Officer, who will review the request accordingly.
Covered contractor employees must be fully vaccinated no later than December 8, 2021.
Per the Executive Order, the clause applies to all services and construction above the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT) and simplified lease acquisition threshold (SLAT). Per the guidance from the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force, agencies are strongly encouraged to include it in contracts for the manufacturing of products. GSA is following this guidance and is strongly encouraging it.
Yes, if an IDIQ contract is modified to include the new clause, it applies to existing and future orders.
The EO includes all covered contractor employees, including contractor or subcontractor employees in covered contractor workplaces who are not working on a federal government contract or contract-like instrument, except covered contractor employees who only perform work outside of the United States or its outlying areas. Please see the Safer Federal Workplace Task Force Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.
GSA will send modification requests to existing contract holders. Contracting officers will send the cover letter with the modification request to contractors. Please see the GSA Class Deviation.
Per the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors, acceptance is not mandatory but strongly encouraged for contracts whose value is equal or less than the SAT. If you hold a contract at or below the SAT/SLAT or a contract only for the manufacturing of products, GSA strongly encourages you to accept the modification.
Please see the GSA Class Deviation and PBS/FAS Specific Guidance.
Traveler reimbursement is based on the location of the work activities and not the accommodations, unless lodging is not available at the work activity, then the agency may authorize the rate where lodging is obtained.
Unless otherwise specified, the per diem locality is defined as "all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city, including independent entities located within those boundaries."
Per diem localities with county definitions shall include"all locations within, or entirely surrounded by, the corporate limits of the key city as well as the boundaries of the listed counties, including independent entities located within the boundaries of the key city and the listed counties (unless otherwise listed separately)."
When a military installation or Government - related facility(whether or not specifically named) is located partially within more than one city or county boundary, the applicable per diem rate for the entire installation or facility is the higher of the rates which apply to the cities and / or counties, even though part(s) of such activities may be located outside the defined per diem locality.