On April 18, 2017, President Trump ordered federal agencies to prioritize procurement of domestically produced goods, assess agency compliance with “Buy American” laws, and minimize the use of waivers.
As noted in an earlier Public Policy and Law Alert, the President’s order could have far-reaching implications for U.S. policies on government procurement.
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross recently issued guidance to agencies outlining evaluation and reporting requirements regarding enforcement of domestic preferences in accordance with Buy American laws. Secretary Ross will provide a final report to the President by November 23, 2017.
Agency reports, due September 15, 2017, should address a wide range of issues related to the implementation of and compliance with Buy American laws.
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