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NFFE-FSC COVID-19 - General Information

COVID-19 information and resources are subject to changes and updates at any time. Bargaining Unit Employees (BUEs) should contact their local agency Pandemic Coordinator for any Agency internal-only COVID information.

National and Regional NFFE-FSC MOUs


COVID-19 Current Status

Updated: 22 November 2021

Mask Requirement

Reference: USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

  • USDA employees, on-site contractors, partners, volunteers, customers, and visitors who are fully vaccinated and working in parts of the country characterized as having "high" or "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, are required to wear a mask in Federal buildings and in government owned or leased vehicles, except for the limited exceptions.
  • Regardless of locality, all individuals who are not fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks past the final dose) are required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing in Federal buildings, government owned or leased vehicles, and on Federal property and adhere to applicable CDC quarantine requirements.
  • Federal masking requirements are the minimum that are required, regardless of State, local, or Tribal laws and regulations regarding masking. However, federal employees that work in areas that have stricter State, local, Tribal, or mask mandates should follow those masking requirements.
  • Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to appropriate administrative action.

Meeting, Conference, and Events

Reference: USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

  • Any meeting, conference or event that will be attended by more than 50 in-person participants requires approval by the agency head, in consultation with USDA's public health experts. This approval process only applies for agency hosted events and includes both indoor and outdoor.

Telework Status

References: USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan / USDA Future Work FAQs

  • We remain at maximum telework. No USDA workplaces (owned or leased) will operate above 25 percent of normal occupancy standards at any given time during periods of high community prevalence or transmission. The 25 percent occupancy standard applies to the workforce, not visitors.
  • Mission Areas and agencies with approval from the Secretary's office may exceed the 25 percent occupancy limit to meet mission critical work. The Mission Area or agency's tailored safety plan outlines the exceptions to the 25 percent occupancy limit and required safety protocols.
  • Mission critical refers to activities necessary for the ongoing operation of the Department and its programs which cannot be performed remotely.

Travel Requirement

Reference: USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

  • All employees should continue to limit official travel to mission critical activities, through January 03, 2022. Until January 03, 2022, any work-related travel must be assessed by managers to determine whether it meets the mission critical requirements and should consider transmission rates in the community to which the employee will travel. Mission critical refers to activities necessary for the ongoing operation of the Department and its programs which cannot be performed remotely. Until further notice, employees should continue to limit official travel to mission critical activities, as determined by each Agency, and follow CDC guidance, as appropriate.

Vaccination Requirement

Reference: USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan

  • Executive Order 14043 requires federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID.
  • USDA requires proof of vaccination and detailed information about each employee's vaccination status, regardless of where they are working. Employees on maximum telework or working remotely are not excused from this requirement nor are employees working outdoors or offsite. This mandate also includes our permanent seasonal employees and administratively determined positions.
  • Vaccination Status Online Form - Everyone is required to complete the form no later than November 09, 2021
  • For unvaccinated BUEs, below are interim deadlines that will ensure you are two weeks from your last dose and thus fully vaccinated by the November 22, 2021, deadline. You can visit vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
    • October 11, 2021: First dose deadline (Moderna COVID-19 vaccine) Deadline has passed
    • October 18, 2021: First dose deadline (Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine) Deadline has passed
    • November 08, 2021: Second dose deadline (Moderna and Pfizer vaccine) Deadline has passed
    • November 08, 2021: First (only) dose deadline (Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine) Deadline has passed
    • November 09, 2021: Deadline employees must provide proof of vaccination Deadline has passed
    • November 22, 2021: Federal employees must be fully vaccinated Deadline has passed

White House Presidential Direction

Updated: 08 November 2021

Executive Orders


Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars


Office of Personnel Management (OPM)


Other White House Resources


Government-Wide Direction

Updated: 08 November 2021

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Congressional Research Services (CRS)

Department of Labor (DOL)

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Other Federal Resources


USDA Direction

Updated: 08 November 2021

USDA COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan / Future Work FAQs


USFS Direction

Updated: 08 November 2021


Other Resources

Updated: 08 November 2021