Buy American Act

Buy American Act, Berry Amendment, and Trade Agreements Act

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on March 12th)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructors: John Mattox and Nicole Pottroff, Koprince Law
NCMA Certifications: 1.5 CPEs
APTAC Certifications: 0.75 ATC (pending)
APTAC BOK: D.2 Buy American Act/Trade Agreement Act; C.1 Statutes and Regulations

*Your registration includes access to the on-demand recording.


This presentation will address the Buy American Act, Berry Amendment, and Trade Agreements Act. We will first provide an analysis of the Buy American Act with a regulatory overview, explanation of important concepts, and examples to simplify these concepts. Most of the webinar will be on this subject as it has the biggest impact and forms the foundation on which the Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act were added. The discussion will then turn to the Berry Amendment and Trade Agreements Act, and the impact each has on the applicability of the Buy American Act.

Outline of presentation:

– Buy American Act

  •   Description and regulatory context
  •   Explanation of “Domestic Product”
    • Manufactured in the US?
    • Commercial off the shelf?
    • Cost of components
    • Examples of compliance calculations
  • Exceptions
  • Price preferences
  • False certification penalties

– Berry Amendment

  • Description
  • Applicability to Buy American Act

– Trade Agreements Act

  • Description and regulatory context
  • How does TAA work with BAA?
  • Important definitions
    • Manufactured
    • “Substantially transformed”
  • Noncompliance repercussions

Meet Your Instructor:

JOHN MATTOX is a Senior Associate Attorney at Koprince Law, LLC, where he exclusively practices federal government contracting law. He represents clients in litigation before the Government Accountability Office, SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, and the boards of contract appeals. He also advises clients on a wide range of issues, including compliance with small business regulations, and assists clients in drafting and reviewing various transactional documents, including joint venture agreements, mentor-protégé agreements, and subcontracts.

John is a frequent contributor to SmallGovCon, a blog dedicated to legal issues affecting federal government contractors. He has also been published in Contract Management Magazine. You can reach John at 785-200-8919 or


Mar 05 2020


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Mar 05 2020
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm



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