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Task Force Issues Guidance on COVID-19 Workplace Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

COVID-19 Safety

The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force has issued new guidance on workplace safety protocols that should be implemented by federal contractors and subcontractors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The protocols include the COVID-19 vaccination of covered contractor personnel and compliance with masking and physical distancing measures at covered contractor workplaces.

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Aerospace & Defense Industry Recorded $874B in 2020 Revenue; AIA’s Eric Fanning Quoted

Eric Fanning

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has released a report saying the aerospace and defense industry was still able to record $874 billion in revenues, contribute $90.6 billion in exports and hired 2.09 million workers in 2020 despite the significant business and job losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Executive Order to Direct Federal Contractors to Provide COVID-19 Safeguards to Workforce

White House

The White House has issued an executive order that requires federal contractors to provide safety protocols to their employees to reduce the spread of COVID-19 as part of efforts to improve the economy and efficiency in federal procurement. The policy directs executive departments and agencies to ensure that contracts and contract-like instruments contain a clause requiring vendors and subcontractors to comply with the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s guidance for workplace locations.

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White House Unveils Plan to Transform Capabilities for Pandemic Readiness

White House

The White House has launched a plan to transform U.S. capabilities when it comes to preparing for and responding to future pandemics and other biological threats. The plan outlined in the document American Pandemic Preparedness: Transforming our Capabilities establishes a set of opportunities and needs across five key pillars to protect the country against high consequence biological threats.

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PSC Comments on HASC-Passed NDAA With Section 3610 Authority; EVP David Broome Quoted

David Broome

The Professional Services Council (PSC) has welcomed the move of House Armed Services Committee (HASC) members for passing a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes a provision authorizing federal agencies to provide reimbursement to contractors to help them retain employees during the COVID-19 pandemic and future health emergencies.

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GAO to Issue Report on Pandemic-Driven Tech Adoption’s Cyber Impacts; Jennifer Franks Quoted

Jennifer Franks

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) plans to issue a report in fiscal year 2022 about the impact of technology adoption that is driven by mass telework on federal agencies’ cybersecurity posture. GAO also intends to broaden its reviews in the near future to include risks to supply chains amid recent cyberattacks.

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Mitre Unveils Action Plan to Strengthen Biopharma Industrial Base; Monique Mansoura Quoted

Biopharma Industrial Base

Mitre has released an action plan outlining policy, financing and program recommendations to sustain and strengthen a biopharma industrial base as part of efforts to improve national security. The 10-point action plan seeks to address weaknesses in the biopharma industrial base during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GAO Offers Recommendation to OMB Over Contractor Paid Leave Reimbursements

Paid Leave Reimbursement

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) gather and share lessons learned from agencies’ implementation of section 3610 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to reimburse contractors for paid leave in order to inform future federal emergency responses.

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Verizon Named ‘Most Reliable Network’ In RootMetrics’ State of The Mobile Union Report; CTO Kyle Malady Quoted

Verizon

Verizon announced on Wednesday that the company remains the most reliable network in the latest RootMetrics’ latest 1H 2021 US State of the Mobile Union report. The company ranked first in inaccessibility, call and text award categories. The company’s well-known network was awarded best overall network performance and network reliability for the sixteenth consecutive time. 

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GSA Named One of the Federal Government’s Best Places to Work; Administrator Robin Carnahan Quoted

General Services

The Partnership for Public Service recently announced on Thursday that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has been named one of the best places to work in the federal government. GSA was awarded the sixth-best place to work in the 2020 mid-sized agency category, one spot better than the year before. 

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