Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order that provided that it is “the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” Agencies are directed to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws” governing buy/hire American and minimize the use of waivers. They are also called upon to issue a report within 150 days to:
(i) assess the monitoring of, enforcement of, implementation of, and compliance with Buy American Laws within their agencies;
(ii) assess the use of waivers within their agencies by type and impact on domestic jobs and manufacturing; and
(iii) develop and propose policies for their agencies to ensure that, to the extent permitted by law, Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements maximize the use of materials produced in the United States, including manufactured products; components of manufactured products; and materials such as steel, iron, aluminum, and cement.
In addition, the Secretary of…
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