By: Paul Hawkins
On January 19, 2021, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Council published a final rule that implemented a 2019 Executive Order meant to strengthen Buy American Act (BAA) enforcement and standards. The new rule raises the domestic content threshold to 55% for general products and construction materials and a whopping 95% for predominantly iron/steel products. The new rule also significantly increases the price preferences for offerors offering “domestic end products” (from 6% to 20% for large businesses and 12% to 30% for small businesses). Additionally, the new rule includes further updated guidance regarding iron and steel products among other changes.
By: Jonathan Lazarow
On December 27th the President signed into law the second major bipartisan COVID-19 relief package. The package releases $900 billion in emergency relief funds to cover costs of vaccine distribution, to extend enhanced unemployment benefits, and to fund $600 stimulus checks for many Americans. The legislation also includes a second round of financial relief for hard hit small businesses.