Contractors Responsible for Procuring PPE for Employees

Susan Mcclain requested that the following NASA Langley Research Center Office of Procurement announcement be shared with LaRC Contractors Steering Council members.

As Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) becomes more readily available commercially, LaRC, and the Agency, have decided to move away from providing PPE to contractor employees.  Please see the detailed information below for frequently asked questions regarding the new policy.  Our policy remains that protection of the NASA workforce is our highest priority – if for some reason you cannot obtain the required PPE for your employees, please contact your contracting officer or contracting officer representative immediately.

Also, I would like to ask for you and your workforce’s cooperation in wearing masks when entering the LaRC front gate and coming into contact with the LaRC security forces for your protection as well as those of the security forces.   Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this change in policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are contractor’s required to procure essential PPE required for the initial Return to Work efforts for its onsite contractor staff?

Contractors are responsible for the safety and health of their employees and thus for supplying proper PPE to employees to perform their job safely. During initial re-start, if contractors are having difficulty obtaining necessary PPE due to supply chain issues they should contact NASA contracting officer or contracting officer representative.

For contractor personnel in Wind Tunnels and Labs – will NASA be providing PPE or will the contractor be required to provide for its personnel?

Contractors are responsible for the safety and health of their employees and thus for supplying proper PPE to employees to perform their job safely. During initial re-start, if contractors are having difficulty obtaining necessary PPE they should contact NASA contracting officer or contracting officer representative.

COVID-19 related PPE consumable costs – are these to be part of the contractor’s indirect pools (OH/GA) going forward?

Each contractor should allocate costs in the most appropriate manner pursuant to their accounting system.

Susan E. McClain
Director, Office of Procurement
NASA Langley Research Center

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