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USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

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.

New E.O. Reinforces President Trump’s “Buy American” Agenda

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.

New Labor-Related Executive Order for Federal Contractors On the Horizon?

On April 15, 2015, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held a forum renewing their request for President Obama to issue another Executive Order related to labor policies governing Federal Contractors.  Specifically, the CPC is asking the President to issue an Executive Order giving “preference” to federal contractors who pay workers at least $15 an hour and

Proposed legislation would impose new test for domestic inverted corporations

On July 29, 2014, Democratic lawmakers in both the House and the Senate proposed new legislation that would block federal contract awards to certain companies that reincorporate in foreign countries. The “No Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act” (H.R. 5278, S. 2704), would alter the existing statutory rules on certain “inverted domestic corporations.” One of the collateral

Ukraine Sanctions

The European Union (EU) and the United States have now both taken targeted action to address the evolving situation in Ukraine. These measures do not impose restrictions on the country or government as a whole. On 6 March 2014, the EU implemented sanctions that target designated persons in Ukraine but these EU measures do not

New Executive Order Mandates FAR Changes to Implement Human Trafficking Protections

On September 25, President Obama unveiled a new executive order which requires changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) to prohibit federal contractors, contractor employees, subcontractors, and their employees from engaging in activities related to human trafficking, as defined in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (“TVPA”). The order states that “[a]s the largest

Executive Order Targets Sanctions Evaders

President Obama has signed an Executive Order expanding the U.S. Treasury Department’s authority to regulate the conduct of certain foreign entities even when they are not physically or financially present in the United States.  The May 1 Order targets foreign entities that (1) have violated, attempted to violate, conspired to violate, or caused a violation