Tag: FAR Council

US Considering Green Procurement Rules

The United States is moving toward taking account of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its federal procurement through two rulemaking procedures. One would require major federal suppliers to publicly disclose the GHG emissions and climate-related risks in

2021 International Procurement Review

This post surveys major actions in 2021 in the international procurement arena. It begins with agreements that are aimed at liberalizing procurement markets. It then looks at measures that are focused on protecting domestic procurement markets or restricting

Federal Procurement: “Buy America” and Climate Policies

Federal agencies are taking various measures to maximize their purchase of American-made products, as directed by the president’s “Made in America” order and reinforced by the extensive “Buy America” provisions in the recently

White House Proposes Revised “Buy American” Rules

The Biden administration has proposed changes in the rules that implement the Buy American Act of 1933, in response to the president’s January 2021 Made in America order. The changes include increases in the domestic content threshold required for a

Biden Team Pulls Proposed GPA Modification to Remove Medicines

The Biden trade team has reversed an order issued by former President Trump to remove essential medicines from U.S. coverage under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). In an April 16 filing with the WTO, the United States withdrew

Agencies Implement Trump’s Buy American Orders

In recent weeks, federal agencies have taken measures to implement the president’s directives to maximize the use of American-made products in both federal procurement and non-federal projects undertaken with federal grants. On September 14, the Federal

President’s Buy American Order: Raise Domestic Content

On July 15, President Trump issued his third Buy American executive order (EO), aimed at maximizing purchases by federal agencies of American-made goods, products and materials. The president wants to reduce the amount of foreign content that can be

USMCA: Measures to Implement Procurement Chapter

On May 30, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) took a step forward in its efforts to obtain Congress’s approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with its submission of a draft Statement of Administrative Action (SAA) to congressional