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

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Format: E-course
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: John Mattox, Schoonover & Moriarty LLC
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 0.75 ATC
APTAC BOK: C.1 Statutes and Regulations
*This course was recorded on July 27, 2021.


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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 course, 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 course, 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


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