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    Is there a requirement for a government person to be in the building at all times when a contractor is working? For instance, can a contractor work on a holiday with no government personnel present in the building?


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    This response is based on the information provided.  We suggest you discuss with your contracting team, program manager and/or legal department as appropriate. 
     
    Each contract is different and has a Contracting Officer whose responsibilities include determining the legally permissible options for each contractor to follow.  Recommend presenting your question to the relevant Contracting Officer to obtain your answer.  In general, if a building is owned and managed by the government, then the government is responsible for the building itself, all property inside it, and everything that happens within its walls.  The government therefore controls access to the building for accountability, safety, and security purposes.  A contractor does not have the "keys" to enter the building.  The government needs to be there to allow the contractor to enter and ensure that the contractor is performing in accordance with their contract.  The same is true in reverse in that the government does not have the "keys" to enter contractor-owned facilities.

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