GSA Administrator and VA CAO to Keynote 2021 Fall Conference
On October 29, the Coalition for Government Procurement announced that GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan and VA Chief Acquisition Officer Michael Parrish are confirmed to serve as Keynotes at the upcoming Fall Training Conference, What’s Next for the Business of Government, on Nov 17- 18. For more details and to register, click here.
VA FSS Implements COVID-19 FAR Clause
On October 26, the VA Federal Supply Schedules program announced their plans to implement the FAR clause on COVID-19 Safety Protocols. The VA is incorporating the clause into the 621 I and 621 II Schedule contracts. For more details, see the VA’s announcement here.
FAR Council Issues Proposed Rule on GHG Emissions
On October 15, the FAR Council issued a proposed rule providing notice to contractors about plans to amend the FAR to ensure that major Federal procurements minimize the risk of climate change. Specifically, the rule proposes agencies consider the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions in Federal procurement decisions. Comments are due on December 14, 2021.
FAR Council Releases COVID-19 Safety Contract Clause
On October 1, the FAR Council released a memo implementing EO 14042, COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Contractors. The memo directs contracting officers to add a new FAR clause, 52.223-99 Ensuring Adequate COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, to certain solicitations, contracts, task and delivery orders. Among other safety protocols, covered employees are required to be vaccinated by December 8, 2021. For more details, see the memo.
Federal Task Force Releases COVID-19 Contractor Guidance
On September 24, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force released its guidance for Federal contractors and subcontractors on COVID-19 workplace safety. The guidance covers vaccination and other safety requirements as well as which contracts and contractor employees are covered. The guidance will be implemented via a contract clause to be released by the FAR Council before October 8.
Executive Order to Require Vaccinations for Contractors
On September 9, the President signed an Executive Order on COVID-19 Protocols for Federal Contractors. The order calls for contractors to follow certain COVID-19 protocols that will be published by the Safer Federal Workplace Task Force. In addition, a new FAR clause covering the COVID-19 requirements will apply to Federal contracts beginning October 15.
Biden Announces OFPP Nomination
On August 4, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Biniam Gebre for Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP).
White House Issues Proposed Buy American Rule
On July 28, the White House announced a Proposed Buy American Rule that would increase U.S. content in the products the Federal Government buys and support the domestic production of products critical to national and economic security.
DoD Cancels $10B JEDI Cloud Contract
On July 6, DoD announced that it will cancel the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract solicitation. In place of JEDI, DoD will pursue a new contract known as the Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) that will be an IDIQ award for multiple vendors.
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