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Made in America? Country of Origin Requirements in Federal Government Contracts

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 • 1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT
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$189.00 Made in America? Country of Origin Requirements in Federal Government Contracts (OnDemand)
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Subject: Federal Contracting

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

Program Knowledge Level: Basic

Advanced Preparation: None

The federal government has a long-standing preference for awarding procurement contract dollars to domestic companies. Now, with President Trump making no secret of his commitment to putting America first, enforcing domestic preference laws could be a high priority for the new administration—and contractors could face new challenges in staying competitive and compliant.

Construction contractors must take special care not to buy or use non-products or materials, including iron, steel and manufactured goods. Defense contractors can’t run afoul of Berry Amendment rules on food, clothing, fabric and specialty materials. And all primes and subcontractors need to understand how the Trade Agreements Act interacts with these and other country of origin statutes.

With the spotlight on “Made in America,” here’s the practical guidance you need to develop a compliance strategy that keeps you competitive and out of trouble.

Register now Made in America? Country of Origin Requirements in Federal Government Contracts.

In this 90-minute webinar, government contracting expert Matthew Koehl helps contractors minimize their risk of violating Country of Origin (COO) laws and the risk of delays and performance costs that can put them at a competitive disadvantage. You’ll explore exactly how The Buy American Act (BAA), The Berry Amendment and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) apply to contractors.

Learn when COO laws don’t apply. From exceptions which permit foreign-sourced goods, to how BAA can be waived under the Trade Agreements Act (TAA), you’ll gain greater confidence over where there is some “give” and where crossing the lines can lead to severe penalties.  Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar

Reserve your space now for expert guidance on how to avoid violating COO rules, including:

  • The BAA’s "domestic end product" test, and when the BAA applies
  • When the TAA applies instead of BAA
  • The TAA’s "substantial transformation" test
  • How to complete FAR, BAA and TAA certificates
  • Fundamentals of the Berry Amendment and the domestic preference elements of ARRA
  • Practical strategies for COO contract compliance;
  • Insights into the new administration’s potential domestic preference activities and priorities 

Given how often the “buy American” theme surfaced during Donald Trump’s campaign, you can expect domestic preference laws to be a high priority for the new administration. Don’t risk enforcement actions!  Now is the time to clarify exactly what it takes for federal contractors to stay competitive—and compliant.

Register now Made in America? Country of Origin Requirements in Federal Government Contracts.

Who Will Benefit

This webinar is of value to prime or subcontractors contracting with the federal government, particularly construction and defense contractors. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • Compliance managers
  • Contract administrators
  • Program managers
  • Agency and contractors’ counsel

FAR Benefit: Augment your compliance training and internal controls programs!

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR 52.203-13), entitled Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct, requires contractors not represented as small businesses to establish an ongoing business ethics awareness and compliance program, as well as effective internal controls. Participating in this webinar course can augment your company’s code of ethics and training programs by providing specific guidance on contractual obligations. Training can also be a significant part of an internal control system. Sign up today!


Matthew Koehl

Matthew Koehl is a partner in the Government Contracts Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Washington office. Mr. Koehl focuses his practice on government contract and financial assistance agreement counseling, negotiations, investigations and litigation. He has more than 20 years of experience representing commercial and defense contractors across a broad range of industries, including information technology, management consulting and construction, with an emphasis on matters relating to the federal Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) contract program.

Mr. Koehl’s experience spans the entire lifecycle of government contracting. He assists companies with market research and business development efforts, proposal responses, and contract negotiation with government customers and prime contractors. In addition, Mr. Koehl has represented numerous companies in mergers, acquisitions and sales involving government contracts.

Mr. Koehl counsels government prime contractors and subcontractors on contract negotiations, risk reduction and contracting procedures, small business matters, and patent, software and technical data rights. He also regularly helps government contractors establish ethics and compliance programs, conduct internal investigations and respond to government investigations.

Mr. Koehl has represented government contractors in bid protests, claims and other types of appeals before the Court of Federal Claims, the Boards of Contract Appeals and other administrative tribunals, including the Government Accountability Office and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals. He also has experience with bid protest and contract claim proceedings at the state and local government level.

Mr. Koehl has regularly taught seminars on government contracting for Federal Publications Seminars. He also has authored numerous articles on legal issues of interest to government contractors and has been featured in publications such as Practical Law and Federal Contracts Report. In addition, he has testified as an expert witness on government contracts rules and requirements in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Koehl's previous experience includes serving as a founder and principal at a boutique government contracts law firm, a partner at a large international law firm, and as vice president and general counsel at MicronPC Government, a Top 5 GSA Schedule 70 contractor with $500 million in annual sales.

Gary J. Campbell

Gary J. Campbell is of counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Boston and Washington offices. With more than 15 years of government contracting experience, both in private practice and as in-house counsel to a Fortune 100 aerospace and defense company, Mr. Campbell provides unique experience and insight on a broad range of litigation, counseling, and transactional matters to his clients that sell products and services to federal, state and local governments. He regularly counsels his clients on the entire lifecycle of government contracting, including proposal responses and contract negotiations, ethics and compliance issues, internal investigations, mergers and acquisitions, bid protests and business disputes. He also has extensive experience assisting clients with international transactions, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and investigations.

Mr. Campbell represents a wide array of companies that do business with the federal government. He represents some of the largest contractors, as well as regularly assisting small and emerging companies with understanding the complex requirements of obtaining and performing federal contracts. He has worked with companies in many industries, such as aerospace, defense, life sciences, information technology, homeland security, telecommunications, and environmental remediation. 

Mr. Campbell has litigated and mediated claims, bid protests and size protests before the Armed Services and Civilian Boards of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Small Business Administration’s Office of Hearings and Appeals.  He has also represented clients in commercial litigation before state and federal courts.

Mr. Campbell is a frequent lecturer, and has taught numerous seminars on government contracting, intellectual property and compliance issues.   

Prior to joining Pepper, Mr. Campbell was associate general counsel and compliance officer with General Dynamics Mission Systems. Before that, he was a partner in the Government Contracts and Intellectual Property Group at McCarter & English in Boston.

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