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IMPORTANT: Upcoming Refresh/Mass Modification for the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) and Other FAS contract vehicles to implement EO 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

GSA appreciates the hard work and dedication of our contractors, especially during such an extraordinary time. The health and safety of GSA employees, contractors, and their families are our top priorities. In order to ensure the health and safety of the federal workforce and contractor community, the President signed Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

 

The requirements in the Executive Order (EO) are being implemented across all government contracts via a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) deviation. The clause in the FAR deviation will be incorporated into GSA contracts via a bilateral modification.

Acceptance of the contract modification is required for all Schedule contractors. GSA anticipates that the Schedule refresh and issuance of mass modifications will begin around October 8th, 2021, as detailed in the attached Significant Changes document.  For other than Schedule contracts for FAS, see Attachment C of the GSA Class Deviation 2021-13 for applicability to your specific contract.  

A summary of the changes and draft text of the new clause can be found in the PDF attachment below titled “Draft Significant Changes.” 

Industry Webinar  

On October 13, 2021, GSA’s senior acquisition officials will host an industry engagement event about implementing the Executive Order. 

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Registration Link: https://gsa.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_uo6CAlWwTxmPvCmDW_cmEA 

Questions?

For additional information and updates, please visit the GSA COVID-19 website. Please leave any questions or feedback as a comment on this post.  

As always, we thank you for your continued partnership.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Draft Significant Changes document

GSA Class Deviation 2021-13

 
 
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Stephanie Kenitzer
Thank you for your inquiry. You can find resources related to the GSA Implementation of E.O. 14042 on GSA.gov (https://www.gsa.gov/governmentwide-initiatives/emergency-response/covid19-coronavirus). There you will find frequently asked questions as well as a link to submit questions. Thank you.
Emily@seatinginc.com
We would like to start by saying the ownership of our company is vaccinated as well as some of our crew members. We understand the value of and appreciate the vaccines that are available to us. However, we do not require and have never required our workforce to maintain the same personal or political beliefs as us. As such we would like to point out that the ‘effects’ as stated in the following paragraph about the benefit to contractors are not applicable to us as a contractor at all: “This broad application of COVID-19 guidance will more effectively decrease the spread of COVID-19, which, in turn, will decrease worker absence, reduce labor costs, and improve the efficiency of contractors and subcontractors at workplaces where they are performing work for the Federal Government.” Here is why: o We have yet to experience issues with worker absence, so this will not be improved o We foresee no labor cost reduction? What does this mean? o Efficiency will go down because we will likely lose our skilled workers who have many years of experience with our product line and processes o We foresee tremendous increase in worker turnover – many of our crew members have been with us 15+ years. We have VERY low turnover. This would likely cause unprecedented level of turnover for us as a company. Levels that we have never had to deal with/get past before. Here are our other concerns with this mandate: o Impacted company culture – We work as a team in our factory and this level of division and loss has the potential to break our company spirit o The potential efficiency loss due to the loss of highly skilled workers could make it impossible or extremely difficult to meet existing production goals and commitments o We have maintained high levels of social distancing, masking and cleaning protocols throughout the pandemic and all team members are active and willing participants in maintaining a healthy environment. o As a grass roots American manufacturer we feel it is not fair that foreign manufacturers will not be held to the same standard. Why punish the American small factories? o As owners, we totally support the vaccine and encourage our employees to get vaccinated. We offer time off and financial incentives. However, we do not feel it is our place to FORCE our workers to do something with their bodies that they are not comfortable with. o This mandate puts us in a position we have never been in – we are sincerely concerned that it may end up shutting our business down one way or another – either by loss of our federal business on one hand, or the loss of some key talent on the other. o We only manufacture - we have no direct contact with ANY federal workers – so we are not risking their health In closing and thank you for your consideration: • This is a REAL burden to a small company who is already really overwhelmed with freight disruptions, price increases, supply chain issues, etc., who is trying to supply an American made product made by good hard working American people! • Our crew has been built over 30 years, with most of our team being with us 15+ and even 20, 25+ years! We can not simply replace this talent – we have highly skilled workers. • Potential to add more people in this county on unemployment! Forcing us to disqualify experienced, qualified, talented and able bodied people means more people on unemployment that should and can be working. • We will always follow protocols and have diligently done so. Recap: It is our belief that this mandate may actually destroy our small business, which we have fought so hard to maintain throughout covid. We are forced to either lose our GSA contract, or lose the majority of our experienced, irreplaceable staff - both outcomes will result in loss of business, efficiencies, culture, processes, and productivity. Either result will be detrimental to the success of our business, which we have proudly built and managed in the United States for over 32 years. This will not only impact us but our small town who relies on us for local employment and as a community partner in economic development and support. We have fought tooth and nail to keep people employed with good jobs that are well paid and offer a safe work environment and it would be a real shame to have all of that work fall because of a mandate that we do not believe would actually make our business stronger or safer. Our employees are more than willing to follow all health safety standards that relate to social distancing, health screening, and mask-wearing at all times in our building and have shown to be hard workers, willing to work through tough times and are not at all easily replaced in our small, remote area.
MAS Blogger
Thank you for your feedback. GSA is considering all comments and will address questions, as appropriate, through FAQs posted to the GSA COVID-19 website. The content on this page will be updated regularly to reflect new policies, guidance, and FAQs.
seatinginc
I am a vaccine supporter, but a significant portion of my most valuable and long term employees have strong personal views against being vaccinated. They are willing to comply with strict masking and social distancing guidelines to protect themselves and others. 1) Will you please confirm that the mandate applies to prime contractor manufacturers who employ less than 100 workers. 2) Will you please confirm that currently employed workers, disqualified from their long term jobs because their employer elects (has no choice but) to comply with the vaccine mandate for federal contractors, will be eligible for unemployment benefits.
MAS Blogger
Thank you for your feedback. GSA is considering all comments and will address questions, as appropriate, through FAQs posted to the GSA COVID-19 website. The content on this page will be updated regularly to reflect new policies, guidance, and FAQs.
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