Coronavirus Roundup: An Update on the Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Source: GOV EXEC


Remember the vaccine mandate for federal contractors that President Biden issued last September?


Well, several legal challenges are ongoing: there have been six injunctions issued, one of which was national, and the federal government has appealed them all.


Ambika Biggs, a partner at the law firm Hirschler who specializes in government contracting, told Government Executive earlier this week the matter is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court, especially if there is a circuit split on decisions.


“Last fall and winter there was a lot of confusion as to what was going on,” due to the status of the various lawsuits, she said. “That’s not happening now I think just because there is a nationwide injunction and there hasn’t been any sort of ruling…In some sense they’re left in limbo, but it's not as bad as it was last fall.” If and when the mandate goes back into effect, there will then be a period of “scrambling.”


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Source: EXEC GOV Federal government contracting is a highly-competitive industry. In the last fiscal year, 2021, the U.S. spent $629 billion on government contracts alone, and it is projected to rise