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Jan 12

USPS and White House Contract to Deliver 500 Million COVID-19 Test Kits to American Households

January 12, 2022 Memorandum of Understanding - COVID-19 Test Kit Fulfillment Pilot (pdf)

The USPS has contracted with the Biden administration to deliver 500 million COVID-19 Test Kits. To facilitate the federal government's efforts to deliver at-home COVID-19 test kits to American households, the Postal Service will establish 43 fulfillment centers. As part of the contract, the 500 million Test Kits will be packed and labeled in the 43 facilities, which are identified as fulfillment centers in the attached agreement.

The NPMHU and USPS negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding which establish guidelines regarding the staffing of the fulfillment centers. The parties have agreed to extend the exception period for the hiring and continued employment of MHAs in excess of the 24.5% installation cap (up to the number listed in the agreement) in the identified installations. The MHAs, identified as being utilized for the pilot, will be used solely for the purpose of performing the work of the pilot except for a three-week implementation period which began on January 1, 2022. The duration of the pilot will be seventy-five days from January 12, 2022, unless extended by mutual agreement of the parties.

This pilot provides Mail Handlers with the opportunity to perform an essential Public Health Service to the American Public in our battle against the coronavirus pandemic. Mail Handlers are proud to be a part of these critical efforts.

Please find linked here, a copy of this MOU, which was signed today. (pdf)

Starting Wednesday, Jan. 19, free tests can be ordered at covidtests.gov

If you have any questions, please contact the National Contract Administrative Department.

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