ANNOUNCEMENT 22 May 2012In May 2012, a US state government announced a change in the local input requirements for the participation in certain public purchases.
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On May 22, 2012 the governor of Maryland signed into law a bill (SB659) that requires the disclosure of information on outsourcing by potential providers of services to the state government.
The new law requires that a prospective bidder or offeror disclose certain information to the Department of General Services concerning plans to relocate jobs to a foreign country when submitting a bid or an offer to a unit of State government.
It further requires a contractor to notify the Department of certain job relocations within a certain time period, and requires under certain circumstances that a bidder disclose certain information regarding whether services required under a procurement contract will be performed outside the State or the United States.
It prohibits a public employer from knowingly contracting for certain services unless the services are to be provided in the United States except under certain circumstances.
The act may not impair any existing obligation or contract right.