On Friday, a federal court in Texas temporarily blocked the Biden administration’s requirement that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. In the decision, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Vincent Brown in the Southern District of Texas ruled against the ...

After the omicron variant of COVID-19 delayed plans to return many workers to their offices, telework remained allowable and well-utilized for eligible employees across the civilian nuclear weapons complex last week, spokespersons said. As during the previous two years of the ongoing pandemic, ...

For now, top management at the Department of Energy still plans a phased return to onsite work for employees and contractors starting on Jan. 18. “Per DoE’s COVID-19 Workplace Safety and Reentry Framework, employees who are designated site critical will return to the worksite on Jan. 18,” a ...

The Sandia National Laboratories have temporarily dropped a requirement that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19, leaving only a pair of National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)-owned sites that require vaccination. While Sandia’s mandate is paused, “the discipline process for ...

Three of the four major National Nuclear Security Administration nuclear-weapon sites still have active COVID-19 vaccine mandates in spite of a federal judge’s December order that barred enforcement of the government’s federal contractor mandate. The prime contractors for these sites mostly ...