Avoid Costly FAR Buy American Act (BAA) & Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act Compliance Mistakes. Nationwide Help

FAR Buy American Act & TAA Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act LawyersFederal law enforcement agencies have increased oversight and criminal action against many government contractors.

As a result, many companies find themselves liable for severe fines and penalties for not understanding major regulations and Buy American Act restrictions such as those involving China trade agreement rules, COTS contracts, FAR Part 25 and DFARS countries for federal government contracts.

Understanding how your contract is implicated by the Buy American Act or Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act is essential because a violation of any of those laws can trigger a False Claims Act violation or some other level of government procurement fraud. 

With law offices in Washington, DC and Colorado, Watson & Associates, LLC’s Buy American Act attorneys provide guidance and direction to small businesses and larger DOD contractors  seeking to become and remain in compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulations and corresponding laws.

  • We offer prompt response to project requirements;
  • Assessment of regional trade agreements
  • Legal services at a fraction of the cost at larger law firms;
  • Detailed assessments and candid responses to our clients.

Many companies selling products to the federal government often find themselves facing violations or bid protest litigation from either the FAR requirements or Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act violations. 

We provide assessment and consulting services. We also provide legal services in bid protests and government investigations about Buy American Act exceptions, Buy American standards, BAA qualifying countries, and legal analysis for clients involved with foreign trade and China trade agreement rules.

Buy American Act Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act TAA Compliance Services.

TAA compliance lawyersWhen it comes FAR Buy American Act requirements and Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act compliance or Buy American Act restrictions, the law firm offers legal analysis to be TAA compliant for government contractors nationwide. Our lawyers help with:

  • Assessing client products to see if they meet the two-part test 
  • FTA — TAA Trade Agreements Act (Trade America Act) Compliance and Buy America Act Regulations, 41 USCA Section 10a-d and FAR Part 25;
  • Assessment of whether materials and supplies fall under the statutory exceptions.
  • General agreement on foreign trade tariffs and global trade treaty agreements;
  • Foreign trade adjustment assistance;
  • COTS Contracts
  • Buy American Act exceptions
  • China trade agreement rules
  • Help with regional trade agreements
  • Review and drafting your BAA agreement 
  • Legal issues related to restriction for procurement of ammunition;
  • ITAR compliance matters
  • Compliance with trade agreements and Buy American Act countries list
  • Improper agency FAR BAA assessments when buying American made products 
  • Internal policies and controls for fair trade and open market compliance
  • FAR Buy American Act bid protest litigation and defense

To Avoid Liability for Not Buying American made Products,  Call on of our BAA lawyers for a FREE Initial Consultation at 1-866-601-5518.

Wayne White

Buy American Act and Export Control

 TAA Trade Agreements Act and FAR Buy American Act Restrictions

The US government wants to primarily buy American made products. FAR Buy American Act restrictions can be problematic for companies that produce several end products. US domestic content restrictions on fair trade and open market contain required provisions that call for purchased items using specific funds appropriated or otherwise made available by Congress be produced or manufactured in the United States.

Are you TAA compliant? Federal government contract law contains a number of such restrictions under the Buy American standard. Although some of the requirements are waived because of the Trade America Act. Watson & Associates’ BBA and export control lawyers can help you to sift through the confusion and develop internal BAA agreement checklists, policies and controls to keep you TAA compliant.

Restrictions? Buy American Exceptions

There are Buy American Act exceptions, which permit the procurement of foreign end products and the use of foreign construction material.  These exceptions under the Buy American standard primarily occur when:

  • The expected value of the federal procurement is below the micro-purchase threshold;
  • Goods are for use outside on projects the United States;
  • Federal procurement of domestic goods or the use of domestic construction materials would be inconsistent with the public interest
  • Domestic end products or construction materials in the United States are unavailable;
  • The government contracting agency is buying information technology that is a commercial item; or
  • The purchased goods are acquired specifically for commissary resale.

Under FAR 25 41, USC 10a-10d, now 41 USC 8301-8305., Does Your Product Meet The Buy American Act Two-Part Requirements Test? As FAR Buy American Act lawyers, we help our clients to apply the two-part test under the Buy American standard requirements that government contracting agencies use to assess end products. The CO will look to see if:

  • Your end-product is manufactured in the United States, and
  •  if more than 50 % of the cost of all the component parts are also manufactured in the U.S.

If your company meets this requirements test, then your product could be considered a “domestic end product” under the Act.

Are there alternative statutory provisions for construction contracts and supply contracts? The Buy American Act statute allows separate applications and provisions for federal government supply contracts and federal construction contracts and applies. to small business set-asides.

Call Our FAR Buy American and TAA Compliance Attorneys

If you are facing a dilemma with FAR Buy American Act requirements, Buy American Act restrictions, COTS contract exceptions to buy American made regulations or Trade America Act compliance disputes, a bid protest, or issues related to the US Reciprocal Trade Agreement Act –  Fair Trade Agreements Act compliance issues / FAR 25 requirements call Watson’s attorneys for immediate help at 1-866-601-5518