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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.

USTR and State Complete Three-Year Review and Unveil 2012 Model BIT

The State Department and the US Trade Representative (USTR) unveiled last week the new US Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The release of the 2012 Model BIT signifies the completion of an Obama Administration campaign promise to conduct a thorough review of U.S. investment policy. The 2012 Model BIT retains the core protections set forth

North American Leaders Discuss Possible Expansion of the TPP Talks

President Obama met with the heads of state of Canada and Mexico on Tuesday, April 3 at the North American Leaders’ Summit.  Canadian Prime Minister Harper and Mexican President Calderon used the Summit as an opportunity to express their frustration with President Obama that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has not yet