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Safer Federal Workforce Task Force Releases Updated COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Unvaccinated Onsite Federal Contractors

The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force published new testing guidance noting that agencies must test unvaccinated workers who report to a federal facility or otherwise interact with members of the public on a weekly basis.

While the new guidance notes that an agency generally does not need to include onsite contractor employees in its screening testing program, for certain roles, functions, or work environments, “an agency may determine that it is necessary for onsite contractor employees…[to] participate in screening testing.”

The new guidance also notes that onsite contractor employees participating in an agency testing program “do not need to be able to provide the results of a negative test each time they enter or are present in an agency’s facilities, unless required to by the agency’s testing program and workplace safety protocols."

Finally, the guidance notes that provided that they have met applicable testing requirements and have not tested positive for COVID-19, federal contractors participating in an agency screening testing program “are not limited in their ability to work onsite between tests, although they should comply with all relevant safety protocols."

The updated testing guidance can be access on the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force website here.

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