Trade Agreements Act Federal Acquisition Regulation

This rule amends the far to make minor changes to the WTO GPA and free trade agreements. The revisions do not result in new charges or, with the exception of changes to the threshold themselves, the applicability of clauses and provisions on or below the simplified acquisition threshold or commercial positions. “Publication of Proposed Regulations,” 41 U.S.C 1707, is the law applicable to the publication of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Paragraph 1 of paragraph 1 of the Statute stipulates that a contracting policy, regulation, procedure or form (including an amendment or amendment) must be published for public notice when referring to the use of the affected appropriations and has a significant effect beyond the agency`s internal operating procedures, which issues the policy, regulation and regulation. , procedure or form, or has significant administrative costs or implications for contractors or suppliers. This final rule does not need to be published for public notice, as it only adapts thresholds according to pre-defined formulas to adapt to changes in economic conditions, which maintains the status quo without having a significant impact, beyond the government`s internal working procedures. The TAA prohibits the government from purchasing finished products from certain non-designated countries (for example. B China, India), but allows the president to waive national procurement requirements, including the BAA, so that the government can purchase products from other “designated countries.” Designated countries are those that have trade agreements with the United States that require their products to be treated in the same way as domestic U.S. products. The thresholds for the application of the TAA vary according to trade agreements. The most widespread trade agreement is the World Trade Organization`s Agreement on Public Procurement (WTO GPA). The current thresholds for the WTO GPA are $182,000 for goods and services contracts and $7,008,000 for work contracts. The BAA also applies to certain types of federal purchases, regardless of their contractual value.

For example, the BAA still applies to: (1) the purchase of weapons, ammunition, war equipment or purchases essential to national security and defence; (2) contracts for small businesses; (3) the acquisition of Federal Prison Industries Inc. or non-profit organizations employing people who are blind or severely disabled; and (4) exclusive aerating contracts. The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA), Pub.L. 96-39, 93 Stat. 144, adopted on July 26, 1979, codified on July 19. C ch. 13 (19 U.S.C.