United States of America: Local-content requirement for U.S. flags used by the Federal government
The House of Representatives approved on September 29, 2010 the “All-American Flag Act” (H.R.2853), requiring that all American flags used by any agency of the Federal government be made using exclusively U.S.-derived materials and be manufactured in the United States. This bill was approved by voice vote, meaning that no breakdown of the yeas and nays is available.
The Senate did not aqct on the bill before the 111th Congress (2009-2010) adjourned.
China is the only country that supplies more than $1 million per year in U.S. flags, although lesser values have been imported from such partners as Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, and Vietnam.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?||No|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?||No|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?||No|
|Was such evidence identified?||No|
|Is such evidence publicly available?||No|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?||No|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?||No|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?||No|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?||No|
Date of inception:
GTA Evaluation: Amber
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