Government Contracts & Investigations

Category: Sourcing Restrictions

Tiered Evaluations: A Lesson in Reasonably Applying Different Rules

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It’s not always clear where the applicability of one law or rule should stop and the applicability of another should begin. Recently, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) decision in Becton, Dickinson and Company, B-417854 (November 15, 2019) helped clarify the interplay between the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Trade Agreements Act (TAA) when itRead More

Topics: Bid Protests and the Contracting Process, Buy American Act, Sourcing Restrictions, Trade Agreements Act

Managing Your Supply Chain Just Got Trickier: Interim FAR Rule Prohibiting Contracting for Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Goes Into Effect

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Continuing threats to the supply chain pose increasing risks to our national security. The new interim Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule published on August 13, 2019, seeks to address certain of these threats by imposing new representation and reporting requirements on contractors and their subcontractors (herein “contractors”) in the new FAR 52.204-24 Representation Regarding CertainRead More

Topics: International Procurement, Sourcing Restrictions, Statutes and Regulations

New Executive Order Seeks to Sharpen the Teeth of the Buy American Act

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On July 15, 2019, President Trump signed his third Executive Order on the topic of buying American, “Executive Order on Maximizing Use of American-Made Goods, Products, and Materials.” This latest Executive Order seeks to sharpen the teeth of the Buy American Act’s rules on buying preferences to be afforded goods, products and materials that qualifyRead More

Topics: Sourcing Restrictions