Build America, Buy America and Construction Contractors: Best Practices for Compliance, Contract Considerations
Sourcing Compliant Materials, Requesting Waivers, Ensuring Subcontractor Compliance
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide construction counsel through the Build America, Buy America (BABA) final guidance with notable revisions from the interim guidance. The panel will discuss how the final rule impacts construction contractors, including sourcing compliant materials, dealing with supply chain issues and increased costs, ensuring subcontractor compliance, and recordkeeping requirements. The panel will also discuss when and how to request a waiver and best practices for compliance.
- Overview of BABA
- BABA's relation to the IIJA and other federal funding programs
- How BABA differs from the Buy American Act
- BABA final guidance
- Revised definitions
- Covered materials/products
- Qualifying as American-made
- Impact on construction contractors and federal financial recipients
- Sourcing compliant materials/products
- Supply chain issues
- Ensuring compliance from subcontractors
- Drafting considerations for project agreements
- Recordkeeping requirements
- Penalties for noncompliance
- Waiver process
- Current status of federal agency waivers
- When and how to request a waiver
- Best practices for compliance
The panel will review these and other important issues:
- How does the final guidance differ from the 2022 interim guidance?
- What constitutes "construction materials" as well as other covered materials made in the U.S.?
- How may contractors mitigate risk related to subcontractor noncompliance?
- What drafting considerations should counsel keep in mind for project agreements that may help ensure compliance?
- What are the penalties for noncompliance?
- What is the status of federal agency waivers?
- When and how may counsel and their clients seek a waiver?
Amy C. Hoang
Partner, Co-Chair Government Contracts Practice Group
Ms. Hoang is renowned in the market for her exceptional ability to represent contractors in bid protests and... | Read More
Ms. Hoang is renowned in the market for her exceptional ability to represent contractors in bid protests and internal investigations, as well as provide compliance counsel. Based in Washington, DC, she advises her clients on federal procurement matters, with a focus on bid protests at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Court of Federal Claims, corporate ethics and compliance, internal investigations, and required disclosures under the FAR Mandatory Disclosure Rule. Ms. Hoang assists clients in a variety of additional procurement issues, including DCAA audit responses, corporate due diligence, and Buy American compliance. She also represents clients in disputes before the Boards of Contract Appeals.Close
Susan H. Lent
Partner, Head of Transportation and Infrastructure Practice, Co-Head Autonomous Systems and Advanced Mobility Practice
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Ms. Lent advises companies in the automotive & advanced mobility sector on compliance with National Highway Traffic... | Read More
Ms. Lent advises companies in the automotive & advanced mobility sector on compliance with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration laws and regulations and represents clients in Department of Transportation (DOT) investigations and enforcement actions, including regarding safety defects and vehicle recalls. She also advises clients seeking federal financial assistance from DOT, the Department of Energy, and other federal agencies, including regarding legal requirements for grants, loans and cooperative agreements, grant administration, and regulatory compliance and represents clients in investigations and enforcement actions.Close
Haynes and Boone
Mr. Ramish’s practice encompasses government contracts, construction, and white collar matters. He works with a... | Read More
Mr. Ramish’s practice encompasses government contracts, construction, and white collar matters. He works with a multitude of issues unique to doing business with the federal government, including subspecialties such as cost and pricing, data rights, and small business and socioeconomic programs. Mr. Ramish has a particular focus on contract claims and disputes with the federal government, and disputes between prime contractors and subcontractors. He has extensive experience with federal government construction disputes, including constructive changes, differing site conditions, Spearin design liability, and Eichleay unabsorbed overhead claims. Mr. Ramish is a Co-Chair of the ABA Public Contract Law Section’s Subcontracting, Teaming and Strategic Alliances Committee.Close