Understanding the Domestic Preference Statutes: The Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

Format: Live webinar (on-demand recording available on August 5, 2021)
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: John Mattox, Schoonover & Moriarty LLC
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 0.75 ATCs
APTAC BOK: C.1 Statutes and Regulations

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

Two domestic preference statutes dominate federal government contracting: the Buy American Act and the Trade Agreements Act. These statutes, and the FAR’s implementing provisions, dictate how contractors can source the goods (and sometimes services) they furnish to the federal government. In this webinar, the government contracts attorney John Mattox (Schoonover & Moriarty LLC) will cover both statutes through a regulatory overview, explanations of key concepts, and examples to drive understanding.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • to which procurements the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act apply;
  • the requirements of the Buy American Act, including recently updated ones;
  • how the government evaluates proposals when the Buy American Act applies;
  • the requirements of the Trade Agreements Act and the concept of substantial transformation.

Target Audience: Companies pursuing federal contracting opportunities

Meet Your Instructor:

John Mattox practice encompasses many aspects of federal government contract law. He advises clients on bid protest issues and represents them in protest litigation at the agency level and at the Government Accountability Office and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He also represents clients in filing requests for equitable adjustments and claims and in appeals before the Board of Civilian Board of Contract Appeals and the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. Well-versed in SBA’s federal contracting programs, John also helps clients navigate SBA’s regulations relating to size and affiliation, assists clients seeking to qualify as 8(a) firms, SDVOSBs, WOSBs, or HUBZone, prosecutes and defends size and status protests, and represents clients in size and status appeals before the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. He also advises clients on compliance with the FAR and other procurement-related regulations.

Before joining Schoonover & Moriarty, John practiced at a boutique federal government contracts firm and practiced commercial litigation at a large national law firm.

John’s greatest joy in life is his family. He and his wife have three children. They enjoy traveling and exploring together and are active members of their church congregation.


Jul 27 2021


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 27 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm