On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) (Public Law 117-58). The IIJA includes the Build America, Buy America Act which declares that “none of the funds made available for a federal financial assistance program for infrastructure may be obligated for a project unless all of the
Last month, President Biden issued an Executive Order which effectively imposes several COVID-19 safety standards and protocols, including mandatory vaccination, upon certain federal contractors and subcontractors. Specifically, the Executive Order directs federal agencies to incorporate a clause into all covered federal contracts which will require federal contractors or subcontractors to comply with guidance published by the White House’s Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (Guidance), and which was released on September 24, 2021. Under the Executive Order and Guidance, certain construction and other companies doing business with the federal government will soon be required to mandate vaccination for their workforces and ensure compliance with masking and social distancing requirements, among other requirements.
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