Section 809 Panel Recommends Changes to Domestic Purchase Preferences

The Section 809 panel is the Congressionally-mandated group that has made a number of far-reaching recommendations to change current programs that affect DOD acquisitions. Another one of their ideas is to eliminate certain domestic purchasing preferences by having Congress create exceptions for DOD purchases and create a public interest exception for the Berry Amendment. The panel’s concern is that the purchasing restrictions can result in higher prices, reduced volume, or delivery delays. The panel’s motivation for altering the domestic preference acts is its belief that the “BAA [Buy American Act] and the Berry Amendment undermine DoD’s ability to acquire the most innovative products at reasonable prices due to their restriction on non-U.S. components. BAA and Berry Amendment provisions are increasingly out of step with commercial practices and global supply chains across most product categories.” These programs, according to the…

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