On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade agreements on U.S. manufacturers and suppliers. Prompted by President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (E.O.), the request seeks to understand how domestic preference laws affect participation of U.S. manufacturers and suppliers in the Federal procurement process.
On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed the executive order “Buy American and Hire American” aimed at maximizing the federal government’s use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States. The E.O. does not attempt to change existing law, but requires agencies to increase monitoring, enforcement, and compliance with Buy American Laws while minimizing the use of waivers.