DHS Domestically Sourced Uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment (Fiscal Year 2020 Report to Congress)   [open pdf - 212KB]

From the Executive Summary: "DHS adheres to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Part 25, 'Foreign Acquisition', policies and procedures, which implement the BAA [Buy American Act], the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO GPA) approved by Congress, the various free trade agreements (FTA), and other related initiatives and agreements. The Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) implements statutes and other matters unique to DHS such as the Kissell Amendment, which addresses textiles. The Homeland Security Acquisition Manual (HSAM)--DHS's internal acquisition policies and procedures--implements or supplements requirements of the FAR and the HSAR. In recognition of the importance and complexity of the BAA and associated laws and regulations, DHS has taken several significant steps to strengthen its acquisition practices and oversight in this area. In December 2017, DHS updated Chapter 3025, 'Foreign Acquisition', of the HSAM. The update increased the FAR approval level for BAA exceptions from the contracting officer or head of contracting activity to OCPO [Office of the Chief Procurement Officer] for purchases from a nondomestic source when, for instance, domestic sources either are not available or are available at an unreasonable cost. Also, the HSAM now requires OCPO concurrence and Secretary approval of any determination that domestic preferences would be inconsistent with the public interest. To enhance oversight further, OCPO established the Buy American Reporting Tool as the repository for all DHS BAA exceptions requiring approval by OCPO."

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