UPDATED AS OF 10/26/2022:
Changing course after its August 31 announcement that it would not enforce the federal government contractor vaccination mandate absent further written notice, on October 14, 2022, OMB and the Task Force published an update stating that they plan to issue at least three new guidance documents with an eye toward potentially resuming enforcement of the mandate:
- First, OMB plans to notify Federal agencies about compliance with applicable injunctions and whether contract clauses implementing the mandate should be included in new solicitations and contracts.
- Second, the Task Force plans to update its November 2021 workplace safety protocols guidance related to the mandate. The updated guidance will provide a timeline for any implementation long enough to ensure that covered contractors can come into compliance as needed.
- Third, OMB will review the safety protocols guidance and make a determination on whether it promotes economy and efficiency in government contracting. If OMB makes such a determination, it will provide additional guidance to agencies on timing and considerations for providing written notice to contractors regarding enforcement, except as barred by any injunction.