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Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

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Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.” While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark...more

Compliance With “Buy American” Laws: Agency Reports Due September 15, 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump ordered federal agencies to prioritize procurement of domestically produced goods, assess agency compliance with “Buy American” laws, and minimize the use of waivers. As we noted in our...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017

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CAPITOL HILL - “Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws.” June 30, 2017. Retrieved from whitehouse.gov. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce...more

Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program Expected in Response to "Buy American and Hire American" Order

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The White House has been working with the Department of Justice to formulate changes to the H-1B visa program pursuant to the administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The H-1B visa program is a...more

New Immigration Policies Lead to Decline in Foreign Student Applications at U.S. Universities

by Murtha Cullina on

Coming to the United States in order to attend an educational institution is oftentimes the first step foreign individuals will take on their long journey to fulfilling their American Dream. For example, a foreign student may...more

The American Agenda on Trade: What's Happened and What's Next?

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The Trump Administration's early actions on trade policy largely reflect the "America First" agenda candidate Trump promoted during the 2016 campaign. For example, a March Executive Order initiated efforts to identify and...more

House Armed Services Committee Takes Aim at GSA with Proposed Legislation

On May 18, 2017, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry introduced H.R. 2511, titled “The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act.” The bill drastically would change how commercial off-the-shelf...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficits - On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International...more

Government Contractors: Buy In to "Buy American" or Risk Enforcement

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

President Trump’s recent “Buy American and Hire American” executive order signals greater enforcement of Buy American Laws. The order requires all federal agencies to assess and revamp internal policies for implementing and...more

Buy American Legislation in the 115th Congress

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump unveiled his Administration’s Buy American and Hire American policy, signing an executive order aimed, in part, at targeting “the abusive use of waivers and exceptions that undermine ‘Buy...more

“Buy American” – President Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Enforce Government Procurement Rules

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President Trump’s “Buy American” agenda continues to pick up steam. Following up on earlier executive action prioritizing use of American-made steel in new pipeline construction, President Trump has ordered federal agencies...more

The Buy American and Hire American Executive Order: What It Means For Supply Chain Management

by Jones Day on

In our December 2016 Commentary on the "Government Contracts Ramifications of the Trump Election" and our January 2017 update, we predicted that the Trump Administration would seek to strengthen domestic preferences in...more

The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

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On April 29, 2017, the first 100 days of the Trump administration came to an end. A government shutdown was averted after the White House and Congress reached a spending deal, and the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by...more

Laws and Regulations Affecting Government Contractors

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How Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Could Alter Procurements - The President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO), issued April 18, 2017, reflects Executive Branch policy and orders several...more

Buy American and Hire American: What it Means for the Construction Industry

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (No. 13788). The Order requires agencies to do a wholesale evaluation of their compliance with “Buy American” laws...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Is There a Future for H-1B Visa Holders After The President’s Executive Order...

We commented on all those public announcements about H-1B’s in our blog of April 5, 2017, skeptical as to whether they indicated that the program would really be restructured. Then on April 18, the President issued his...more

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

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The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

Executive Order Seeks to Bolster ‘Buy American’ Enforcement

by Morgan Lewis on

US President Donald Trump’s executive order aims to increase the use of US goods and materials in federal acquisitions. On April 18, President Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire...more

Trump Administration Issues New Buy American Executive Order

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” While there is no immediate impact, the Executive Order (“EO”) sets the stage for executive agencies to perform...more

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Section 232 Investigation that Could Limit Steel Imports in the Name of National Security

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expedite an investigation into the effects of steel imports on U.S. national security. The Department of Commerce conducts...more

Alert: New Executive Order Promotes Federal Procurement of US-Origin Products

by Cooley LLP on

On April 18, 2017, the president issued an executive order announcing a policy of maximizing the federal government's procurement of goods, products and materials produced in the United States, as well as "rigorously"...more

Buy American Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American laws and regulations. See Buy American EO. This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

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