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COVID-19 Guidance

By Department of Defense | March 14, 2020

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is following COVID-19 guidance provided by the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy.

Visitor Information:  All visitors and visitor sponsors, prior to entry to any NRL facility, including the Visitor Center (Bldg. 72), please review and answer the USFFC/NAVNORTH COVID-19 questionnaire found  here. This questionnaire is required daily prior to entering any NRL facility. For sponsors, the questionnaire should be reviewed each day by you and your visitor prior to entering any NRL facility. If a visitor is unable to answer the questionnaire successfully, please call or email Visitor Control in advance at (202) 767-2996, or via email at visitorcontrol@nrl.navy.mil for additional guidance.

Face Covering Required for ALL personnel:  Effective immediately [2/4/2021] all individuals on military installations, and all individuals performing official duties on behalf of the Department of Defense from any location other than the individuals home, including outdoor shared spaces, will wear masks in accordance with most current CDC guidelines.


1. When an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls with a closed door
2. Brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining distance
3. When the mask is required to be lowered for identification or security purposes
4. When necessary to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability

Front Gate ID Check – Keep Vehicle Windows Up: Personnel entering the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling are directed to keep vehicle windows up at entry control points and show ID cards to police officers through the window. The driver may hold and place the ID/CAC card against the driver’s side window in order for the ECP officer to identify and scan card information.

  • First show the front of the ID card to verify personnel identity/photo.
  • Turn card over and hold it close to the window so officers can scan the barcode. Do not lower the window during the ID card check unless directed to do so.
  • If the driver is wearing a mask the officer will ask to pull down the mask in order to positively identify the individual.

CAC and ID updates: The NRL-DC CAC office will be open every weekday from 7 a.m. to noon. Appointments are required for any services other than a PIN reset; please call 202-404-6179 to confirm availability. If your CAC will expire soon, you may be able to renew it remotely. To ensure DOD ID card offices are postured to maintain continuity of operations and to minimize the number of non-essential visits to DoD ID card offices, the Department has enabled a temporary capability to allow cardholders to update their certificates on soon-to-expire Common Access Cards (CACs) and Volunteer Logical Access Credentials (VoLACs). For more information, visit https://www.cac.mil/Coronavirus/ or the NRL intranet.

Employee Assistance Program: As mentioned May 4, 2020, by the Chief of Naval Research, employee assistance is available to meet a number of needs during stressful periods.

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Shipping and Receiving: On 4/13, NRL supply department issued guidance for shipping and receiving at NRL-DC. Receiving will be open on Thursdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. only for receiving goods and materials from carriers/vendors. Please note packages and freight received on Thursdays will be set aside until the following Tuesday, which will allow at least 72 hours to pass.

Contracting: For information on contracting with the Department of the Defense (DOD) and COVID-19, please visit: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/cpic/cp/docs/COVID-19/Contracting_with_DoD_...

For information on COVID-19 and the U.S. Government’s response, please visit the Centers for Disease Control at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

Additional resources and information can be found at: https://coronavirus.gov, or https://usa.gov/coronavirus.


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