These principles are subject to change depending on local conditions and Federal guidance. All individuals must comply with all posted placards in the Federal facility.

USAID’s COVID-19 Workforce Safety Plan and Workplace Guidelines (Safety Plan) provide public health rules of behavior and organizational guidelines that cover all USAID staff, contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of role, who enter USAID’s domestic facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID staff are required to follow this Safety Plan. Failure to do so can result in disciplinary action for USAID employees and contractors.

These guidelines cover all of USAID’s domestic facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR). USAID staff assigned overseas are to follow the relevant U.S. Department of State (DoS) and Department of Defense (DoD) protocol for their duty station.

The Safety Plan guidelines rely on authoritative guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) within the U.S. Department of Labor (DoL), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force (SFWTF), and other sources to help prevent and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among our staff and visitors and to ensure safe operations and a healthy work environment.

The Agency will revise these guidelines based on additional or updated guidance distributed by the Federal government and public-health authorities, including HHS/CDC and the governments of the NCR jurisdictions. The Agency will communicate this guidance and any updates on the website.

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.