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SPECIAL NOTICE: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Class Deviation Regarding Implementation of Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors is hereby RESCINDED
The class deviation issued under the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 1.404 authorizing agencies to issue a class deviation to implement Executive Order (E.O.) 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors, is hereby rescinded. Executive Order 14042 was signed by the President on September 9, 2021, and published in the Federal Register at 86 FR 50985 on September 14, 2021. The order required agencies to include a clause requiring contractors and subcontractors at any tier to comply with all guidance for contractor workplace locations as published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force ("Task Force") at https:/www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/ ("Task Force Guidance"). The clause applied to solicitations and contracts for services, including construction. Section 3(a) of the order required the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council to develop a contract clause and provide initial policy direction to acquisition office for use of the clause by recommending that agencies exercise their authority under FAR subpart 1.4. On May 9, 2023, the President issued Executive Order 14099, Moving Beyond COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Federal Workers, which rescinded E.O. 14042. Subsequently, Civilian Agency Acquisition Council Letter 2021-03, which authorized deviation from the FAR, was rescinded on May 12, 2023, and is no longer enforceable.
Gift Giving Reminder
An FBI employee may accept a gift from an individual that is valued at $20 or less (retail market value). A single individual may give more than one gift, but the total value of those gifts may not exceed $50 in any given calendar year. A gift may include, but is not limited to, a gratuity, favor, discount, cash, gift certificate, entertainment, hospitality, loan, forbearance, or other item having monetary value.
Employees cannot accept cash or checks under any circumstance. Also, if the gift is valued over $20, employees may not pay the difference between $20 and the fair market value; to accept the gift, employees must pay the full market value of the gift.