More Agencies Begin Delivering Masks, PPE to Employees - May 11, 2020
Deliveries mark a shift at agencies that initially banned masks or told employees they were on their own for protective equipment.
Eric Katz, Government Executive
Several agencies are ramping up their delivery of personal protective equipment to employees who are still reporting to their normal work stations during the novel coronavirus pandemic after months of leaving workers to fend for themselves to find masks and other materials.
Inspectors at the Agriculture Department’s Food Safety Inspection Service will soon receive masks from their agency for the first time after the agency procured 30,000, according to multiple employees briefed on the matter. The announcement came after dozens of food processing plants were forced to close or reduce hours as coronavirus hotspots developed among their ranks, and President Trump signed an executive order last week seeking to compel all of them to reopen. The FSIS inspectors, who work side-by-side with plant employees, have to this point had to bring their own masks or rely on the private establishments where they report to supply them.