Federal Agency to Compile List of Employees Who Seek Religious Exemptions From COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate


All employees at an obscure federal agency who claim religious exemptions from President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will be added to a list, the agency stated in a Jan. 11 public notice.

The Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) posted the notice in the Federal Register, asking the public for comment on the new system, which is being called the “Employee Religious Exception Request Information System.”

Biden announced in September 2021 that all federal employees must get a COVID-19 vaccine. Soon after, the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force issued guidance to agencies concerning when to grant exemptions for religious or medical reasons and how to track documents concerning the mandate.

CSOSA stated that in order to meet the requirements outlined by the president and the task force, it’s creating a new system that will allow it to collect information related to religious accommodations to the vaccination requirements. The system will be used to house information on workers, volunteers, interns, contractors, and consultants with the Pretrial Services Agency (PSA) for the District of Columbia, an office inside CSOSA, who ask for religious exemptions.

“The primary purpose of the secured electronic file repository is to collect, maintain, use, and—to the extent appropriate and necessary—disseminate employee religious exception request information collected by the agency in the context of the federally mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement,” the notice reads.

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