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CDC and NASA seek apps to monitor employee vaccinations

Federal agencies are seeking ideas from vendors on how to manage the implementation of the Biden administration’s executive order requiring COVID-19 vaccination for federal employees and contractors.

Under the decree, agencies must require employees to document their immunization record that includes the date the vaccine was administered and the name of the health care organization providing the vaccine, according to an FAQ on This documentation can be a paper or digital record that displays the required information.

While agencies need to collect the information necessary to verify that an employee is fully immunized, they may develop their own processes, systems, tools, or applications for data collection and maintenance – provided they allow employees to put update their vaccination status and related information, in accordance with the FAQs. .

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a sources sought Monday seeking information from suppliers on providing electronic verification of COVID-19 vaccinations and testing for its workforce of around 25,000 employees.

The CDC is researching what is commonly referred to as a “vaccine passport,” although the term does not appear anywhere in contract documents, to verify employee vaccinations and monitor tests on the approximately 5,000 CDC employees who travel to the CDC. foreigner for work every year. Many of these travelers will be required to provide authenticated vaccines and test data upon arrival in certain countries.

The agency is interested in whether a vendor can integrate data from CDC staff systems and support back-end connections with data from drugstore chains, state immunization systems, and non-public health systems. , as well as information on the recognition and use of a vendor’s product in the United States and internationally. The CDC is also interested in whether a vendor will accept a U.S. government travel card for payment for transactions.

NASA is turning to mobile technology for its vaccine passport. The space agency released a pre-solicitation on September 21 for technologies and software that can be downloaded to a smartphone that will allow employees to view their immunization status before entering a NASA facility. The solution should also give agency officials a way to quickly report analytics on the number of employees vaccinated, while maintaining the confidentiality and security of employee data.

Users should be able to manually enter data as well as upload a photo of a proof of vaccination document and booster injections. The solution should also enable rapid antigenic test results, including test time / date and result, and alert app users of a positive test result and when a completed test has more than seven days.

To maintain data security and privacy, the app must verify the identity of the employee either by biometrics or by scanning a driver’s license or other government issued ID. The uploaded data must be encrypted and converted to a QR code or color-coded indicator so that the vaccine status can be easily checked upon entering a NASA facility.

The solution should include a reader or downloadable smartphone app that can read the QR code to identify whether an employee meets the criteria.

Aggregated data must be exportable to enable reports analyzing overall employee vaccination rates, NASA said.

The Information Request asks potential vendors if their solution can meet federal data requirements for storing COVID test data, such as the Federal Information Security Modernization Act for Global Cyber ​​Security and the federal risk management program and authorizations for cloud service security controls.

Responses to NASA’s RFI were expected on September 24. The CDC wants responses from suppliers by October 5.

Parts of this article have been originally published in GCN.

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During a past career in technology media, Miller has worked in editorial, print and online production, starting with the copy office at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for the Federal Computer. Week and later helping with website launch and e-newsletter delivery for FCW. After a stint at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she joined what would become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing the content and production of all websites. government-driven business. Miller returned to writing in 2012, when she started working with GCN.

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