Tag Archives: Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council

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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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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Federal Interim Rule to Ban Vendors Using Telecom, Video Surveillance Tech From Five Chinese Suppliers

Surveillance Tech

The Department of Defense (DoD), NASA and the General Services Administration (GSA) have issued an interim rule to prohibit government agencies from contracting with entities that use telecommunications equipment and other products from five China-based companies.

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House, Senate NDAAs Seek to Address Supply Chain Security Risks Posed by China

US Capitol

The Senate and House of Representatives have included provisions to address China-related supply chain security issues in their versions of the fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate’s NDAA version would require the secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) to “take security risks posed by at-risk vendors such as Huawei and ZTE into account when making overseas stationing decisions.”

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Federal Interim Rule Prohibits Gov’t Procurement of Chinese Telecom Equipment

A council of officials from the General Services Administration, NASA and the Department of Defense published an interim rule that would prohibit federal agencies from buying telecommunications and video surveillance systems and services from Huawei and four other Chinese telecom companies, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

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Senate Clears Emily Murphy as Next GSA Administrator

The Senate has approved the nomination of Emily Webster Murphy, former senior adviser to the acting administrator of the General Services Administration, to be the next leader at GSA. GSA said Tuesday the unanimous decision came after Murphy discussed her priorities and vision for the agency’s advancement at a Senate Committee on …

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Industry Groups Want Changes to FAR Rules to Include Room for Public Comments

A number of government-contracting trade organizations say the government often makes changes to federal procurement regulations without including adequate public comment, according to a recent Federal Times report. For example, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council has issued several interim rules over the past few months, which allows the Federal Acquisition …

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Federal Contracting to go Green

Going green is no longer just a good idea. It’s a requirement — at least in future federal acquisitions. Earlier this week, Federal Times reported on a new federal acquisition regulation mandating that going forward, nearly all new contract activity, such as task and delivery orders will have meet energy-efficiency …

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