Thursday, May 25, 2017

Update on "Made in USA" Bill

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, last week, favorably reported S.118, a bill to make exclusive the authority of the Federal Government to regulate the labeling of products made in the United States. The measure, if enacted, would address the the current situation where the State of California has its own standard for "Made in USA" claims which is, in some cases, stricter than the already strict federal "Made in USA" standard enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Buy a Poppy for a Disabled Vet

In Flanders fields the poppies grow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The Torch: be yours to hold it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

—John McCrae (1872-1918)

Each year I see fewer and fewer men on the street wearing remembrance poppies on Memorial Day, since 1971 celebrated on the last Monday in May. One year I couldn't even find anyone selling "Buddy Poppies," the paper replica flowers that the Veterans of Foreign Wars sell to raise money for disabled veterans.

For more than 90 years, the VFW's Buddy Poppy program has raised millions of dollars in support of veterans' welfare and the well being of their dependents. In February 1924, the VFW registered the name "Buddy Poppy" with the U.S. Patent Office. A certificate was issued on May 20, 1924, granting the VFW all trademark rights in the name of Buddy under the classification of artificial flowers. The VFW has made that trademark a guarantee that all poppies bearing that name and the VFW label are genuine products of the work of disabled and needy veterans. No other organization, firm or individual can legally use the name "Buddy" Poppy.

When you buy your Buddy Poppy to wear this Memorial Day you will be giving material aid to a disabled veteran. And when you wear your Buddy Poppy you will remind everyone who sees you of the meaning of Memorial Day.

The American Legion also sells crepe paper poppies for Memorial Day. That is another fine organization worthy of your support.

Although the United States Department of Veterans Affairs states "The wearing of poppies in honor of America's war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day, not Veterans Day" many of us do join our friends from the British Commonwealth nations in wearing the red poppy of remembrance on November 11th as well. (Speaking of the British, this year America's Memorial Day falls on the same day as the Spring Bank Holiday in the United Kingdom.)

This Memorial Day remember those who gave the last full measure of devotion to cause of liberty.

American Flock Association Exhibits in Atlanta

The American Flock Association (www.flocking.org) will be exhibiting the latest in Flock technology at the HFMS Expo (www.hfmse.com) at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 7th and 8th.

This new trade show will be showcasing solutions for home furnishings manufacturers.

Stop by booth #1836 to find how to Design With Flock in Mind.

Federal Business Opportunities through May 24, 2017

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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             RBSO Course - Training Gear
Sol. #:            FY170026
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTE
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Aircrew Ballistic Helmet
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Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Banners
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Department of the Army
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Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

President Trump Tap Granite State Resident for Department of Commerce Job

Richard Ashooh of New Hampshire to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Export Administration. Mr. Ashooh currently serves as the Director of Economic Partnerships at the University System of New Hampshire. Before this, he was the Executive Director of the Warren Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Prior to his work in higher education, Mr. Ashooh served for over two decades as a senior executive in the aerospace industry, starting his career with Lockheed Martin and then BAE Systems. His primary focus was ensuring the success of programs that protect United States and Allied warfighters, particularly in the electronic warfare space. He has also held senior positions in corporate strategy, homeland security, and public affairs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ashooh was a Professional Staff Member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, with a concentration on federal procurement policies. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, with whom he has five children. They reside in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Mr. Ashooh's background in the defense industry has a particular relevance for U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear producers. Within the U.S. industry it is widely understood that Department of Defense acquisitions of textiles and clothing are government by the Berry Amendment which requires domestic U.S. sourcing. Less well known is that the Berry Amendment applies to all funds "made available" to the Defense Department. That includes Department of Defense procurement for a Foreign Military Sale ("FMS") where the funds were provided by the customer country. For example, last month contracts were awarded to supply the Afghan military with U.S.-made apparel and footwear.

NAFTA Re-Negotiation Call for Comments and Notice of Hearing

On May 23, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative published in the Federal Register (82 FR 23699) Request for Comments on Negotiating Objectives Regarding Modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement With Canada and Mexico

The United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico regarding modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The NAFTA was negotiated more than 25 years ago, and, while our economy and U.S. businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not. The United States seeks to support higher-paying jobs in the United States and to grow the U.S. economy by improving U.S. opportunities under NAFTA. Our specific objectives for this negotiation will comply with the specific objectives set forth by Congress in section 102 of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments on matters relevant to the modernization of NAFTA in order to inform development of U.S. negotiating positions.

To assist USTR as it develops its negotiating objectives and positions for the agreement, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) invites interested persons to submit comments and/or oral testimony at a public hearing on matters relevant to the modernization of the NAFTA. In particular, the TPSC invites comments addressed to:

(a) General and product-specific negotiating objectives for Canada and Mexico in the context of a NAFTA modernization.

(b) Economic costs and benefits to U.S. producers and consumers of removal of any remaining tariffs and removal or reduction of non-tariff barriers on articles traded with Canada and Mexico.

(c) Treatment of specific goods (described by HTSUS numbers), including comments on--

(1) Product-specific import or export interests or barriers,

(2) Experience with particular measures that should be addressed in negotiations, and

(3) Addressing any remaining tariffs on articles traded with Canada, including ways to address export priorities and import sensitivities related to Canada and Mexico in the context of the NAFTA.

(d) Customs and trade facilitation issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(e) Appropriate modifications to rules of origin or origin procedures for NAFTA qualifying goods.

(f) Any unwarranted sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade imposed by Canada and Mexico that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(g) Relevant barriers to trade in services between the United States and Canada and Mexico that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(h) Relevant digital trade issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(i) Relevant trade-related intellectual property rights issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(j) Relevant investment issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(k) Relevant competition-related matters that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(l) Relevant government procurement issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(m) Relevant environmental issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(n) Relevant labor issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(o) Issues of particular relevance to small and medium-sized businesses that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(p) Relevant trade remedy issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

(q) Relevant state-owned enterprise issues that should be addressed in the negotiations.

USTR must receive written comments no later than Monday, June 12, 2017.

A hearing will be held on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bahrain Requests Short Supply for Dozens of Fabrics. Comments Due July 21st

Since August 2006 Bahrain has been able to ship apparel and home textiles to the U.S. duty-free under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. In 2016, according to TRADE DATA FROM OTEXA, Bahrain shipped about 70 million square meters of textile products to the U.S. almost all of which was exempted from the general yarn forward rule under a generous tariff preference level ("TPL") provision. That provision has now expired and Bahrain is seeking short supply status from a wide variety of fabrics.

U.S. textile producers of the fabrics listed below need to let the U.S.g government know that they oppose adding such fabrics to the Bahrain FTA short supply list. Agathon Associates can assist you in filing objections. Call David Trumbull at 617-285-6004.

On May 22, 2017, the Committee for the Implementation of Textiles Agreements published in the Federal Register (82 FR 23204) Request for Public Comment on a Commercial Availability Request Under the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.

The Government of the United States received a request from the Government of Bahrain, submitted on March 23, 2017, to initiate consultations under Article 3.2.3 of the USBFTA. The Government of Bahrain is requesting that the United States and Bahrain ("the Parties") consider revising the rules of origin for certain knit and woven apparel to address availability of supply of certain knit and woven fabrics in the territories of the Parties. The President of the United States may proclaim a modification to the USBFTA rules of origin for textile and apparel products after the United States reaches an agreement with the Government of Bahrain on a modification under Article 3.2.5 of the USBFTA to address issues of availability of supply of fibers, yarns, or fabrics in the territories of the Parties. CITA hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether certain knit and woven fabrics can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner.

Comments must be submitted by July 21, 2017.

The fabrics subject to this request, according to the fabric number in the request and organized by specific apparel end-use, are:

Knit apparel classified in chapter 61 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS):

Fabric 26: Knit pile, looped fabric, 90% polyester and 10% elastomeric suede, yarn count: Brushed P105xP50D+SP40D, weight 300 grams per meter squared (g/m2), width CW57'', classified in subheading 6001.22 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 27: Knit fabric of polyester (85-97%) and elastomeric (5-15%), classified in subheading 6004.10 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 28: Knit fabric of polyester (45-60%), cotton (35-50%) and elastomeric (5-12%), classified in subheading 6004.10 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 29: Knit fabric of rayon (59-75%), nylon (20-37%), and elastomeric (0-10%), classified in subheading 6006.42 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 35: Knit fabric of polyester (68-78%), rayon (19-29%), and elastomeric (0-8%), classified in subheading 6006.32 of the HTSUS.

Woven apparel classified in chapter 62 of the HTSUS:

Fabric 15: Bleached or dyed satin weave or twill weave fabric of at least 60% lyocell and up to 40% nylon, polyester, or elastomeric, that does not meet the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2112 or ASTM 1506 protective standards, classified in heading 5516 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 16: Woven seersucker fabric of cotton, classified in subheadings 5208.42, 5208.52 or 5209.41 of the HTSUS; Fabric 17: Woven fabric of rayon (60-75%), nylon (30-35%), and elastomeric (1-5%), bleached, dyed, printed or of yarns of different colors, weighing 200-350 g/m\2,\ classified in subheadings 5516.91, 5516.92, 5516.93 or 5516.94 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 18: Woven fabric of rayon (50-84%), polyester (6-49%), and elastomeric (1-10%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5408 or 5516 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 19: Woven fabric of polyester (50-65%), rayon (34-49%), and elastomeric (1-10%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5407, 5512, or 5515 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 20: Woven fabric of polyester (51-65%) and rayon (35-49%), weighing less than 225 g/m2, classified in headings 5407, 5512, or 5515 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 21: 100% rayon woven fabric, classified in headings 5408 or 5516 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 22: Woven jacquard fabric of rayon staple fiber, weighing 375 g/m2 or less, classified in subheadings 5516.13 or 5516.23 of the HTSUS.

Men's or boys' suits, ensembles, suit-type jackets, blazers, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), classified in heading 6203 of the HTSUS; and women's or girls' suits, ensembles, suit-type jackets, blazers, dresses, skirts, divided skirts, trousers, bib and brace overalls, breeches and shorts (other than swimwear), classified in heading 6204 of the HTSUS:

Fabric 1: Two-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (57-76%), rayon (18-37%), and elastomeric (1-11%), classified in subheading 5515.19 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 2: Dyed rayon blend herringbone twill fabric of rayon (65-75%) and polyester (25-35%), weighing more than 200 g/m \2\,, classified in subheading 5516.92 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 3: Two-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (50-85%), viscose rayon (13-47%), and elastomeric (1-10%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 4: One-way stretch woven fabric of polyester (50-85%), viscose rayon (13-47%), and elastomeric (1-10%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 5: Woven fabric of polyester (60-90%), rayon (10-40%), and elastomeric (0-6%), classified in subheadings 5407.52, 5407.53, 5407.61, 5407.69, 5407.72, 5407.73, 5407.92, 5407.93, 5512.19, 5512.99, 5515.12, and 5515.19 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 6: Woven indigo dyed fabric of cotton (95-100%) and elastomeric (0-5%), classified in subheadings 5208.39.6090 and 5208.39.8090 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 7: Cotton corduroy woven fabric, classified in subheading 5801.22 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 8: Polyester corduroy woven fabric, classified in subheading 5801.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 9: Dyed sateen woven fabric of cotton (93%-100%) and elastomeric (0-7%), classified in subheading 5209.39.0020 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 10: Dobby weave fabric of cotton (93-99%) and elastomeric (1-7%), classified in subheading 5209.39.0080 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 11: Dobby weave fabric of 100% cotton, classified in subheading 5209.39 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 12: Woven fabric of spun modal rayon (50-95%), filament polyester (5-48%), and elastomeric (0-5%), classified in subheadings 5516.12, 5516.13, 5516.22 and5 516.23 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 13: Yarn-dyed woven fabric of lyocell staple fiber (55-85%) and cotton (15-45%), classified in subheadings 5516.13 and 5516.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 14: Woven fabric of rayon (67-80%), nylon (15-35%), and elastomeric (2-6%), classified in subheadings 5516.22, 5516.23 and 5516.24 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 23: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (85-98%) and elastomeric (2-15%), classified in subheading 5209.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 24: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (63-73%), polyester (20-30%), and elastomeric (2-12%), classified in subheading 5211.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 25: Woven twill fabric of cotton (77-87%), polyester (12-22%), and elastomeric (0-6%), classified in subheading 5211.43 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 30: Woven twill fabric of viscose rayon (51-61%), cotton (34-44%), and elastomeric (0-10%), classified in subheading 5516.42.0060 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 31: Two-way stretch woven twill fabric of cotton (47-57%), rayon (36-46%), and elastomeric (2-12%), classified in subheading 5211.32 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 32: Woven fabric of cotton (92-100%) and elastomeric (0-8%), classified in subheading 5209.31 of the HTSUS;

Fabric 33: Woven sateen fabric of 100% polyester, classified in subheading 5407.69 of the HTSUS; and

Fabric 34: Woven twill fabric of polyester (40-50%), viscose rayon (38-48%), linen (3-13%), and elastomeric (0-9%), classified in subheading 5515.11 of the HTSUS.

CITA is soliciting public comments regarding this request, particularly with respect to whether the fabrics described above can be supplied by the U.S. domestic industry in commercial quantities in a timely manner. Comments must be received no later than July 21, 2017.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Andrew Lock and Other CPSC Staff Attending a Series of Upholstered Furniture Plant Tours

On May 31st and June 1st, the following staff from the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Andrew Lock, Linda Fansler, Allyson Tenney (Directorate for Laboratory Sciences), Mary Toro (Office of Compliance), and David Miller (Directorate for Epidemiology) will attend a series of upholstered furniture plant tours with industry representatives in and around Greensboro, N.C. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Federal Business Opportunities through May 17, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Banners
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF
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Title:             FIREFIGHTERS CLOTHING AND FIELD SUPPLIES
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Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
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Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Enhanced Mobility Bomd Suite
Sol. #:            DJA-17-ANCE-PR-0161
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             BLACK , WOOL PARKA
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0251
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0324
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Chemical Biological Aircraft Survivability Barrier (CASB)
Sol. #:            W911QY-JPMP-CASB
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Frame Assembly MCP
Sol. #:            8340-01-334-2341-1
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BOOTS,FIREMEN'S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0282
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Promotional Briefcase Bags and Padfolio
Sol. #:            M0026317Q1001
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Extreme Cold Weather Gear
Sol. #:            JBLM22STSJCM0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems Coxswain Helmet System
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0027
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             ARAMID FABRIC 72"
Sol. #:            W9098S-17-T-0121
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safety Items
Sol. #:            W901UZ-17-T-3939
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             USMC Pack System
Sol. #:            M67854-17-R-1217
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Organizational Clothing
Sol. #:            TFSATTB17Q0002
Agency:            Department of the Treasury
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Title:             Ballistic Sighting Module
Sol. #:            W912MM17T0028
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Embroidery Machine    
Sol. #:            VA24617N1048
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             USMC Pack Systems Requirement
Sol. #:            M67854-17-R-1217
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             USMC Pack System
Sol. #:            M67854-17-R-1217
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0320
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0319
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VISOR,FLYER'S HELME
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0317
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVES, ELECTRICAL WORKER
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0313
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Branded Apparel
Sol. #:            W912L6-16-T-0009
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Custom Sports Jerseys
Sol. #:            11002910
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Amendment 06 and Q&A Set 7
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0005
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0314
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Enhanced-Multi Mission Parachute System (E-MMPS)
Sol. #:            M67854-17-R-1200
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Custom Sports Jerseys
Sol. #:            11002910
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SMALL BUSINESS SET-ASIDE  MANUFACTURE OF MAINTENANCE PLATFORM CANOPIES 
Sol. #:            N0016417RGP29
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             58 QTY Garmont T8 Boots
Sol. #:            W90M7W-7121-0400
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1468
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Jacket, Cold Weather (Shipboard) MARKET RESEARCH
Sol. #:            SPE1C117RXX
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ARAMID FABRIC 72"
Sol. #:            W9098S-17-T-0121
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Phone Talker Helmet
Sol. #:            N68836-17-Q0122
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CLOTH, LAMINATED
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q0863
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Running Shoes and Shoe Fitting
Sol. #:            FA3016-17-U-0132
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Delivery Order_SPE1C115D1050
Sol. #:            SPE1C114R0086_SPE1C115D1050
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cadet Patches
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0094
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GARRISON C
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1379
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TENT, TEMPER AIR SUPPO
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1575
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             POLE,BEACH,PANEL MA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1125
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

URGENT NOTE TO U.S. WEAVERS: Short Supply Status Sort for Wide Range of Wool and Cashmere Woven Fabrics Under DR-CAFTA

The U.S. textile industry has been contacted on behalf of S. Rothschild & Co. ("Rothschild"), 1407 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018, regarding the availability of certain coating weight wool fabric.

Rothschild produces men's and women's outerwear in Central America with the benefit of the U.S. Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement ("CAFTA-DR"). Rothschild seeks to obtain fabric meeting the specifications described below that is woven in one or more CAFTA-DR countries.

Fabric Type: Coating weight wool, cashmere, and wool/cashmere blended fabrics

Fiber content: 100 percent wool or cashmere, or any combination thereof

HTSUS: 5111.19.60

Yarn Type: Filament yarns of 16 to 20 microns

Yarn Count: Varies

Weight: 365 to 510 grams per square meter

Width: 145 to 155 centimeters

Finish: Piece-dyed or of yarns of different colors; drap, plush or melton finish; vaporized and brushed

Quantity and Delivery: Rothschild will require between 40,000 to 60,000 yards (between 36,580 to 54,860 meters) of the requested fabric annually, with a minimum of 20,000 yards (18,290 meters) delivered in 30 days from the order date and the balance of the order completed within 60 days of receiving the order.

IMPORTANT NOTE TO U.S. WOOL WEAVERS: It is the opinion of Agathon Associates that Rothschild have no serious interest in sourcing these fabrics from a DR-CAFTA weaver. Rothschild has a long history of sourcing wool and fine animal hair fabrics for outerwear apparel programs in the DR-CAFTA region and surely knows who the potential suppliers are. It is the opinion of Agathon Associates that Rothschild's real interest is in having these fabrics placed on the DR-CAFTA short supply list. If you are a domestic U.S. weaver or wool or cashmere please contact David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com to discuss how we can stop these fabrics from going on the short supply list

IMPORTANT NOTES TO ANYONE WITH INTEREST IN DR-CAFTA.

  • The product description as drafted is not appropriate for a DR-CAFTA short supply petition because it covers the entire range of wool and fine animal hair outerwear fabrics, not a single product as required by the DR-CAFTA Commercial Availability Procedures.
  • The product description is defective in that it seeks fabrics of carded wool or cashmere (i.e., spun yarn), yet specifies "Filament yarns"
  • Fabrics of this description are, unquestionably, NOT in short supply. In 2016 U.S. mills shipped 14,230 square meters of such fabric, for a total value of $1456,642, to the DR-CAFTA region. Given the type of fabric (fabric for overcoats) it may be assumed that none was for consumption in the region, but, rather, was for DR-CAFTA production to return to the U.S. duty-free under DR-CAFTA.
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THIS ATTEMPT TO PLACE WOOL OUTERWEAR FABRIC ON DR-CAFTA SHORT SUPPLY MUST BE DEFEATED!

New MTB Comment Period Announced

The U.S. International Trade Commission has announced that it intends to re-open its on-line MTB portal to allow members of the public to submit additional, limited public comments on certain petitions for duty suspensions and tariff reductions. 

The Commission will re-open the portal for comments on June 12, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. for a period of ten days, and will close the portal on June 21, 2017 at 5:15 p.m.  

  • The Commission is re-opening the portal for the limited purpose of allowing the public to provide additional comments on petitions that the Commission has included as Category VI petitions (i.e., petitions that the Commission does not recommend for inclusion in a miscellaneous tariff bill by Congress) in its preliminary report to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, which will be issued on June 9, 2017. 
  • The Commission will only accept information from the public that relates to its decision to place these petitions into Category VI as part of its preliminary report.  
  • Should Commission staff have questions about the information submitted during this limited comment period, they will contact the individual listed as a contact in the comment for clarification.  

The Commission will issue a Federal Register notice formally announcing the opening of this comment period.   That notice will contain further instructions on the type of information that may be filed and the manner in which it can be filed, including the process for handling of confidential business information. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Crescent Woolen Mills to Close

According to this NEWS REPORT, Crescent Wool Mills, Twin Rivers, Wisconsin, will close at the end of June unless a buyer is found.

Supporting the Future of the Textile and Fashion Industry

On April 30, 2017, the University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration held its annual Awards Banquet, including the Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design SPRING SPLASH student fashion show. Photos from the Spring Banquet including those from Spring Splash are available on Flicker

On May 11, 2017, the School of Fashion Design, Boston, presented COLLECTION 2017, the annual student benefit fashion show. Photos are available on DropBox

Agathon Associates is pleased to have been a sponsor of both events.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Navy Boot Contract Awarded

Belleville Shoe Co., Belleville, Illinois, has been awarded a maximum $11,105,705 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for safety boots. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a one-year base with four one-year option periods. Location of performance is Illinois, with a May 13, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Navy. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-15-D-1051).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Certain two-way stretch polyester/rayon/ spandex twill weave fabric added to DR-CAFTA short supply list

The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements ("CITA") has determined that certain two-way stretch polyester/rayon/spandex twill weave fabric, as specified below, is not available in commercial quantities in a timely manner in the CAFTA-DR countries. The product will be added to the list in Annex 3.25 (short supply list) of the CAFTA-DR Agreement in unrestricted quantities.

Specifications: Two-way Stretch Polyester/Rayon/Spandex Twill Weave Fabric

HTS: 5515.11.00

Fiber Content: 69-75% polyester; 20-26% rayon, 2-8% spandex

Warp: Plied polyester/rayon staple with spandex filament

Filling: Plied textured polyester filament with spandex filament

Thread count: 47.2-51.2 warp ends per linear cm (120-130 warp ends per linear inch); 35.43-39.37 filling ends per linear cm (90-100 filling ends per linear inch)

Fabric weight: 194 to 206 grams per meter squared (5.7 to 6.1 ounces per square yard)

Finishing process: Softened

Coloration: Piece dyed, yarn dyed, bleached and printed

Performance Criteria

Dimensional Stability/Shrinkage (AATCC 135): +/-3%

Colorfastness to Laundering (AATCC 61): >/= 4.0 color change; >/= 3.5 staining for light colors (3.0 for dark colors)

Colorfastness to Crocking (AATCC 8): >/= 4.0 dry; >/= 3 wet for light colors (2.5 for dark colors).

Note: The yarn size designations describe a range of yarn specifications for yarn before knitting, dyeing and finishing of the fabric. They are intended as specifications to be followed by the mill in sourcing yarn used to produce the fabric. Dyeing, finishing and knitting can alter the characteristic of the yarn as it appears in the finished fabric. This specification therefore includes yarn sizes provided that the variation occurs after processing of the greige yarn and production of the fabric. The specifications for the fabric apply to the fabric itself prior to cutting and sewing of the finished garment. Such processing may alter the measurements.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Monday is Straw Hat Day

May 15th is Straw Hat Day the beginning of the season when men may wear their straw boaters and Panamas rather than the fur felt fedoras, porkpies, homburgs, and bowlers that we wear (You do wear a hat, don't you?) the rest of the year. For more information see www.thefedoralounge.com. Straw hats may be worn until Felt Hat Day which is September 15th.

Army Jacket Contract Awarded

National Industries For the Blind, Alexandria, Virginia, has been awarded a $14,454,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Army physical fitness uniform jackets. This is a one-year base contract with two one-year option periods. This was a mandatory procurement set aside for Ability One non-profit agencies. Locations of performance are Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, with a May 9, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-17-D-B022).

FTA Origination Analysis and Certification when no Tariff Change Rule (TCR)

On May 10, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued CSMS# 17-000270 - FTA Origination Analysis and Certification when no Tariff Change Rule (TCR)

Manufacturers, exporters and importers are advised that a very limited number of tariff items in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) do not have corresponding free trade agreement (FTA) tariff change rules (TCRs) (also known as "product specific rules of origin" or by the acronym "PSRs") because they were negotiated using a Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) that was subsequently modified in 2007, 2012, or 2017, and the corresponding TCRs have not been implemented.

Until revised TCRs are implemented, manufacturers/exporters/importers of affected goods seeking to perform a tariff-shift origination analysis should classify the good and its materials using the most recent HTSUS in which the tariff item has a corresponding TCR and perform the origination analysis using that year's HTSUS.

Until revised TCRs are implemented, the certificate of origin, ideally, should indicate both the current HTSUS number and the previously corresponding HTSUS number used to perform the origination analysis in parenthesis and with wording to that effect.

For example, beneath the description of the good in block 5 of the CO, the statement "(Origination analysis performed using HTSUS xxxx.xx.xxxx (20XX) since no TCR for item number yyyy.yy.yyyy in 2017 HTSUS.)" [Replace placeholders with the appropriate numbers/dates]. The CO could look something like this: "Origination analysis performed using HTSUS xxxx.xx.xxxx (2016) since no TRC for item number yyyy.yy.yyyy in 2017 HTSUS"

Attachment FTA Origination Analysis and Certification when no Tariff Change Rule (TCR)

The Meaning of “Made in U.S.A.”

On May 5, 2017, the Congressional Research Service published The Meaning of "Made in U.S.A." (R44755)

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has broad general authority to regulate deceptive practices, has asserted authority over claims that products are U.S.-made since 1987. The agency's guidelines assert that "The country in which a product is put together or completed is highly significant to consumers in evaluating where the product is 'made.'" In 2016, it deferred enforcement action against Bedrock Manufacturing Company, owner of the Shinola Brand, after the company agreed to take a number of corrective actions in response to allegations that it overstated the extent to which some of its products were made in the United States.

FTC policy states that a product claimed to be made in the United States must be "all or virtually all made in the United States," and should "ordinarily be one in which all significant parts and processing that go into the product are of U.S. origin," and should also be one that was "last 'substantially transformed'" in the United States. The commission may base its determination of whether a product is U.S.-made in part on the percentage of total manufacturing costs that are attributable to U.S. costs. The FTC does not consider the value of nonphysical inputs, such as services and software, in determining whether a product may legitimately be said to be U.S.-made.

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Mexican siblings indicted in New Mexico for operating a counterfeit vehicle airbag business

Two siblings, both illegal aliens from Mexico, made their initial appearances May 4th in federal court on a three-count indictment charging them with trafficking in counterfeit vehicle airbags.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents investigated this case.

Dina Gonzalez-Marquez, 23, and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez, 21, were arrested Wednesday for allegedly operating a counterfeit airbag business out of their Albuquerque residence.

The indictment charges the siblings with conspiring to traffic in counterfeit goods and two counts of trafficking in counterfeit goods. According to the indictment, Dina Gonzalez-Marquez and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez conspired to traffic in counterfeit goods from January 2015 to March 2017 by operating a business that sold counterfeit airbag modules and counterfeit airbag covers out of their residence.

“This investigation is another example of HSI’s commitment to safeguarding the American people and protecting the integrity of U.S. commerce,” said Waldemar Rodriguez, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “Selling counterfeit life-saving devices, such as airbags and airbag components, is an act of reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of others. HSI’s efforts and pursuit of these criminal enterprises will no doubt help save lives.”

They allegedly facilitated the conspiracy by listing and selling counterfeit airbag modules and airbag covers online, shipping the counterfeit goods to purchasers, and conducting in-person sales of the counterfeit goods. The indictment alleges that undercover HSI special agents purchased counterfeit goods from the defendants on two occasions. Specifically the indictment alleges that a special agent purchased a counterfeit airbag from the defendants in August 2016, and another special agent purchased a counterfeit airbag cover from them in March 1, 2017.

If convicted of the charges in the indictment, Dina Gonzalez-Marquez and Emilio Gonzalez-Marquez each face a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $2 million.

Charges in indictments are merely accusations, and all criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Burlington Industries Awarded DoD Poly/Wool Cloth Contract

Burlington Industries LLC, Greensboro, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $20,400,000 modification (P00117) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1052) with four one-year option periods for blue, shade 451, poly/wool cloth, and a maximum $14,263,200 modification (P00116) exercising the fourth one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1051) with four one-year option periods for blue, shade 450, poly/wool cloth.

Federal Business Opportunities through May 10, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1378
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MC Sweatshirt/Sweatpants, CG Sweatshirt/Sweatpants
Sol. #:            SPE1C117R0098
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0309
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             ARAMID FABRIC 72"
Sol. #:            W9098S-17-T-0121
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TENT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1572
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0003
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             DECORATION,UNIT
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0234
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Cut and sew manufacturing of uniform male trousers and female slacks.
Sol. #:            N0018917QG043
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Cut and Sew Manufacturing of Uniform Shirts
Sol. #:            N0018917QG042
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Barbed Wire Handler's Gloves
Sol. #:            BWHG-2017-05-08
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Q&A Set 6
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0005
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             OPTION - Waist and Breast Plate Buckles
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0035
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0202
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0244
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,INDIVIDUAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T0654
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0236
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CASE,FLAG
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1090
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COVERALLS FOR SANDBLASTING
Sol. #:            SPMYM3-17-Q-6082
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Proximity Fire Fighting Clothing
Sol. #:            N00104-17-Q-X046
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Nike SFB Jungle Boot
Sol. #:            H92240-17-T-0017
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
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Title:             FLAG,NATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1560
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Safety Shoes Mobile Truck
Sol. #:            N00174-17-R-0055
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             POLICE VESTS POLICE VESTS WITH ASSOCIATED PERIPHERALS   
Sol. #:            VA24617Q1014
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             ARAMID FABRIC 72"
Sol. #:            W9098S-17-T-0121
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Purchase of 30 each Vinyl Mesh Tarps
Sol. #:            6933A217Q00002
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             CARRIER,OC SPRAY
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1559
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tents for Belmopan, Belize
Sol. #:            PR6160289
Agency:            Department of State
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Title:             Mattresses
Sol. #:            192117FAO00000140
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             583-17-2-687-0010 Hazmat kits, Personal Protective Equipment    
Sol. #:            VA25017Q0572
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Evacusled - Evacuation rescue device and Storage Pouch    
Sol. #:            VA26217N0895
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             TEXTILES
Sol. #:            SPMYM4-17-Q-0273
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT IMMERSION SUITS
Sol. #:            M0014617Q2617
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Fire Department PPE
Sol. #:            FA5004-FireDeptPPE
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Vital Torso Protection - Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-16-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             583-17-2-687-0010 Hazmat kits, Personal Protective Equipment    
Sol. #:            VA25017Q0572
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES (ASTM: F2412-05  and  F2413-05)
Sol. #:            N0040617T0383
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Sources Soughr OV/HE Cartridge    
Sol. #:            VA24717N0475
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Heavy Pyro Safety  Suits
Sol. #:            W52P1J-17-T-PYRO
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Safety Steel Toe Boots
Sol. #:            AMO171477
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Purchase of 30 each Vinyl Mesh Tarps
Sol. #:            6933A217Q00002
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             J&A for Award
Sol. #:            M67854-17-P-1225_1226
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             ARAMID FABRIC
Sol. #:            W52H1B712201L6
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SAFETY SHOES (ASTM: F2412-05  and  F2413-05)
Sol. #:            N0040617T0383
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             CBRN items    
Sol. #:            VA26017Q0354
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
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Title:             Canopy replacement
Sol. #:            0011003662
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             VIKING LIFE-SAVING EQUIPMENT IMMERSION SUITS
Sol. #:            M0014617Q2617
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             NEUTRALLY BUOYANT BALLISTIC PLATE (NBBP)
Sol. #:            N61331-17-CH-0001
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             FLAGSTAFF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1545
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             JB2GU
Sol. #:            SPE1C114R0086
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Fabric Liner
Sol. #:            0040330961
Agency:            Department of the Interior
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Title:             Pail, Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPRDL1-17-Q-0342
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q1839
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0295
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Purchase of 30 each Vinyl Mesh Tarps
Sol. #:            6933A217Q00002
Agency:            Department of Transportation
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0293
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0292
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0291
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Proximity Fire Fighting Clothing
Sol. #:            N00104-17-Q-X046
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             TRI-SAR HARNESS ASSEMBLIES
Sol. #:            N68838-17-Q-004FC
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Personell Clothing and Equipment
Sol. #:            W91364-17-T-0016
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Personell Clothing and Equipment
Sol. #:            W91364-17-T-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             INSIGNIA,BRANCH OF
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0242
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Fire PPE-Structural Pants and Coats
Sol. #:            FA2823-17-Q-4002
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Weapons Collection Case
Sol. #:            FA8601-17-T-0078
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
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Title:             Custom Sports Jerseys
Sol. #:            11002910
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             INSIGNIA,SHOULDER S
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0290
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FLAG,ORGANIZATIONAL
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0243
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0265
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Sewbots Welcomes Dr. Mike Fralix, Technology Evangelist

Sewbots, an Atlanta-based machine vision and robotics startup spun out of Georgia Tech, and innovating in autonomous sewn good worklines for home goods, footwear and apparel has announced Dr. Mike Fralix as Technology Evangelist. Fralix, who holds a Doctorate in Technology Management, is the current President and CEO of Textile Clothing Technology Corporation, [TC]2 where he will continue serving while working with SoftWear Automation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the AAFA (American Apparel and Footwear Association) and brings decades of experience in apparel manufacturing, including research and development, operations management, and corporate management. Fralix will champion SoftWear’s Sewbots™ onto the factory floor while helping to identify key partners that will support and enable more local manufacturing.

Army Parka Contract Awarded

Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $12,339,379 modification (P00005) exercising the first one-year option period of Tennier Industries Inc., Delray Beach, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $12,339,379 modification (P00005) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1009) with two one-year option periods for camouflage parkas. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Locations of performance are Florida and Tennessee, with a May 11, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-17-D-1009) with two one-year option periods for camouflage parkas. This is a firm-fixed-price contract. Locations of performance are Florida and Tennessee, with a May 11, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Army Trouser Contract Awarded

Tullahoma Industries LLC, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, has been awarded a maximum $59,389,738 modification (P00141) exercising the fourth one-year option of a one-year base contract (SPM1C1-13-D-1050) with four one-year option periods for four types of Army trousers. The modification brings the maximum dollar value of the contract to $97,084,280 from $37,694,542. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Locations of performance are Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Puerto Rico, with a Dec. 6, 2018, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2017 through 2018 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Lock and Other CPSC Staff Participating in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 277 Upholstered Furniture Secondary Task Group

Dr. Andrew Lock, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, and other CPSC staff listening to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 277 Upholstered Furniture Secondary Task Group meeting to monitor voluntary standards development for upholstered furniture; 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., NFPA Headquarters, One Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169, May 25, 2017.

Federal Business Opportunities through May 3, 2017

Recently posted federal business opportunities.
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Title:             Cotton Gloves and Cotton Gloves with Lube Coating
Sol. #:            W90VN9-17-T-0089
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, ECC
Location:          411TH CSB (W90VN9) RCO DAEGU
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 8:51 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Undershirt, PFU, Moisture Wicking and Trunks, PFU, Type I and II
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0088
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 5:14 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 28, 2017 1:39 pm
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Title:             OPTION - BALLISTIC HELMETS
Sol. #:            20098393
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
Office:            Customs and Border Protection
Location:          Procurement Directorate - DC
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 3:50 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Mar 29, 2017 10:51 am
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Title:             BAG,DUFFEL
Sol. #:            SPE2DS17Q0102
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Medical - BSM
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0003
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          Headquarters Procurement Division
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 2:18 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Mar 17, 2017 2:46 pm
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
Office:            Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location:          Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center (7QS)
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 1:46 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: May 02, 2017 1:46 pm
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Title:             THIS REQUIREMENT IS FOR A MOBILE SHOE TRUCK TO PROIVDE SHOES AT TWO (2) LOCATIONS FOR THE VA GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. THIS SOLICITATION IS A VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (VOSB) SET ASIDE. 
Sol. #:            VA26217Q0818
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            Long Beach VANLO
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 1:39 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 26, 2017 2:06 pm
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Title:             Men's Leggings
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-Q-0289
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 1:37 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             FLAG,IDENTIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1526
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 1:21 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Purchase of 30 each Vinyl Mesh Tarps
Sol. #:            6933A217Q00002
Agency:            Department of Transportation
Office:            Maritime Administration (MARAD)
Location:          MAR-380
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 1:06 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Nike SFB Jungle Boot
Sol. #:            H92240-17-T-0017
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          NAVSOC
Posted On:         May 02, 2017 12:09 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 20, 2017 4:32 pm
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLISTED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1431
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 10:40 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 18, 2017 11:11 am
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Title:             Delivery Order for Rifle and Pistol Molle Pouches
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Department of Energy
Office:            Federal Locations
Location:          All DOE Federal Contracting Offices
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 3:11 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Personell Clothing and Equipment
Sol. #:            W91364-17-T-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            National Guard Bureau
Location:          179 MSG/MSC, OH ANG
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 3:01 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 26, 2017 11:00 am
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Title:             POLICE VEST POLICE VEST   
Sol. #:            VA24617N0963
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            Hampton VAMC
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 1:23 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Winter Mountaineering Boots
Sol. #:            H92240-17-T-0019
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          NAVSOC
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 11:27 am
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 20, 2017 4:43 pm
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q1839
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Supply Systems Command
Location:          DLA Maritime PSNS
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 10:41 am
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 29, 2017 3:24 pm
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Title:             DRIVERS GLOVES
Sol. #:            W44W9M7116002E
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            FedBid
Location:          FedBid.com -- for Department of Army procurements only
Posted On:         May 01, 2017 9:12 am
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             TEMPER TYPE XLVIII-STA
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1512
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 30, 2017 6:30 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             COVERALLS
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q1839
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Supply Systems Command
Location:          DLA Maritime PSNS
Posted On:         Apr 29, 2017 3:24 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 29, 2017 3:24 pm
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1422
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 11:30 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 17, 2017 3:12 pm
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1425
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 11:02 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 17, 2017 3:16 pm
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Title:             INSIGNIA,RANK,OFFIC
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1424
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 9:01 pm
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 17, 2017 3:16 pm
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Title:             Deployment Gear
Sol. #:            FA487717Q0207
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Air Combat Command
Location:          355 CONS
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 6:56 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             PURLIN,TENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 2:43 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Undershirt, PFU, Moisture Wicking and Trunks, PFU, Type I and II
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-R-0088
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 1:39 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Housing, Flyers Helmet Visor
Sol. #:            2017-215
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - WRN (W56HZV)(DTA)
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 12:49 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Suspension Assembly, Safety Helmet
Sol. #:            2017-213
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - WRN (W56HZV)(DTA)
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 12:45 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Enhanced Mobility Bomd Suite
Sol. #:            DJA-17-ANCE-PR-0161
Agency:            Department of Justice
Office:            Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
Location:          Administrative Programs Division (APD)
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 12:22 pm
Base Type:         Special Notice
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Title:             Amendment 05 and Q&A Set 5
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0005
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          Headquarters Procurement Division
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 9:57 am
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 09, 2017 1:22 pm
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Title:             MAPBOARD, MCPS: NSN:8340-01-327-6124
Sol. #:            67227075
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Apr 28, 2017 8:41 am
Base Type:         Presolicitation
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Title:             Naval Security Forces Vests IDIQ
Sol. #:            N61331-17-R-0007
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Sea Systems Command
Location:          NSWC Panama City Divison
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 5:17 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 27, 2017 12:06 pm
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Title:             Plate Carrier Systems (PCS)
Sol. #:            FA8054-17-R-0001
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            AFICA
Location:          AFICA- CONUS
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 4:03 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Mar 27, 2017 2:41 pm
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Title:             Cut and sew manufacturing of uniform male trousers and female slacks.
Sol. #:            N0018917QG043
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Supply Systems Command
Location:          NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Groton Office
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 3:23 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 27, 2017 3:23 pm
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Title:             Liner, Helmet (Zetaliner) 
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-17-Q-0274
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 2:47 pm
Base Type:         Presolicitation
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Title:             Cut and Sew manufacturing of uniform shirts
Sol. #:            N0018917QG042
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Supply Systems Command
Location:          NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk Groton Office
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 2:46 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 27, 2017 2:46 pm
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Title:             Ultra Lightweight Camouflage Net System (ULCANS)
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-R-0023
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - APG (W911QY) Natick (SPS)
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 2:45 pm
Base Type:         Presolicitation
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Title:             Safety Items
Sol. #:            W901UZ-17-T-3939
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            National Guard Bureau
Location:          USPFO for North Dakota
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 1:49 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 18, 2017 2:57 pm
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Title:             EOD Bomb Suits
Sol. #:            FA460817Q9024
Agency:            Department of the Air Force
Office:            Air Force Global Strike Command
Location:          2 CONS
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 12:51 pm
Base Type:         Special Notice
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Title:             Personal Protection Equipment
Sol. #:            HSFE70-17-P-PPE
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
Office:            Federal Emergency Management Agency
Location:          Logistics Branch
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 12:42 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             NY Army National Guard T-Shirts
Sol. #:            W912PQ-17-T-0020
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            National Guard Bureau
Location:          USPFO for New York
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 12:08 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Mar 30, 2017 11:29 am
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Title:             CLOTH,PARACHUTE
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T1082
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 9:13 am
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Tent Support Services for D-Day Commemoration Events in Normandy, France
Sol. #:            W912PA17T0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, ECC
Location:          409th CSB (W912PA) RCO Benelux
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 7:32 am
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 21, 2017 8:43 am
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Title:             BLACK , WOOL PARKA
Sol. #:            W911SD-17-T-0251
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command, MICC
Location:          MICC - West Point
Posted On:         Apr 27, 2017 7:15 am
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Sources Sought
Base Posting Date: Mar 21, 2017 10:04 am
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Title:             Aramid Shipboard Approved Bulk Bunk Curtain Fabric
Sol. #:            000000009236
Agency:            General Services Administration
Office:            Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location:          GSA Reverse Auction Platform (4QTF)
Posted On:         Apr 07, 2017 7:08 am
Current Type:      Award
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Apr 07, 2017 12:15 pm
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Title:             CLOTH,IMPREGNATED
Sol. #:            SPE1C117T0842
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 10:49 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             FIELD PACK
Sol. #:            SPE1C117Q0253
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles - BSM
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 5:02 pm
Base Type:         Award Notice
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Title:             Heavy Duty Leather Gloves
Sol. #:            HDLG-2017-04-26
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
Office:            DLA Acquisition Locations
Location:          DLA Troop Support - Clothing & Textiles
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 3:52 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Environmentally Protective Combat Footwear Industry Day
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-EPCF-ID
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - APG (W911QY) Natick (SPS)
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Base Type:         Special Notice
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Title:             Novel Materials/Components/Designs for Use in Environmentally Protective Combat Footwear
Sol. #:            W911QY-17-EPCF
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            Army Contracting Command
Location:          ACC - APG (W911QY) Natick (SPS)
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 2:30 pm
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             THIS REQUIREMENT IS FOR A MOBILE SHOE TRUCK TO PROIVDE SHOES AT TWO (2) LOCATIONS FOR THE VA GREATER LOS ANGELES HEALTHCARE SYSTEM. THIS SOLICITATION IS A VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESS (VOSB) SET ASIDE. 
Sol. #:            VA26217Q0818
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            Long Beach VANLO
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 2:06 pm
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
Office:            Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Location:          Southwest Supply and Acquisition Center (7QS)
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 2:01 pm
Current Type:      Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Base Posting Date: Feb 04, 2016 10:17 am
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Title:             SPEAR Family of Tactical Headborne Systems
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0003
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          Headquarters Procurement Division
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 1:45 pm
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Mar 17, 2017 2:46 pm
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Title:             CLOTH, LAMINATED FIRE AND WEATHER RESISTANT
Sol. #:            SPMYM217Q1805
Agency:            Department of the Navy
Office:            Naval Supply Systems Command
Location:          DLA Maritime PSNS
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 11:44 am
Base Type:         Presolicitation
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Title:             Personell Clothing and Equipment
Sol. #:            W91364-17-T-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
Office:            National Guard Bureau
Location:          179 MSG/MSC, OH ANG
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 11:00 am
Base Type:         Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
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Title:             Culinary Uniforms    
Sol. #:            VA25017N0509
Agency:            Department of Veterans Affairs
Office:            VA Ann Arbor Health Care System
Location:          Department of Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Health Care System
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 10:10 am
Base Type:         Sources Sought
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Title:             Amendment 04
Sol. #:            H92222-17-R-0005
Agency:            Other Defense Agencies
Office:            U.S. Special Operations Command
Location:          Headquarters Procurement Division
Posted On:         Apr 26, 2017 9:16 am
Current Type:      Solicitation (Modified)
Base Type:         Presolicitation
Base Posting Date: Jan 09, 2017 1:22 pm
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.

Monday, May 1, 2017

USTR Releases Special 301 Report

Office of the United States Trade Representative has released the 2017 “Special 301” Report, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property and identifying trading partners with harmful records on protection, enforcement, or market access for U.S. innovators and creators.

Significant elements of the 2017 Special 301 Report include the following:

  • USTR continues to place China on the Priority Watch List. Longstanding and new IP concerns merit attention, including with respect to coercive technology transfer requirements, structural impediments to effective IP enforcement, and widespread infringing activity – including trade secret theft, rampant online piracy and counterfeiting, and high levels of physical pirated and counterfeit exports to markets around the globe.

  • India also remains on the Priority Watch List this year for lack of sufficient measurable improvements to its IP framework on longstanding challenges and new issues that have negatively affected U.S. right holders over the past year, particularly with respect to patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and enforcement.

  • USTR highlights troubling trends in counterfeiting and piracy. The problem of trademark counterfeiting continues on a global scale and involves the production of and trade in a vast array of fake goods, which harms consumers, legitimate producers, and governments. Digital piracy of U.S. movies, music, books, software and other works presents unique enforcement challenges for right holders in countries around the world. In many of the countries identified in the Report, including our neighbors Canada and Mexico, USTR notes the lack of adequate authority for customs officials to seize and destroy counterfeit and pirated goods at the border.

  • The Report also focuses on the negative market access effects of the European Union’s approach to the protection of geographical indications in the EU and third-country markets on U.S. producers and traders, particularly those with prior trademark rights or who rely on the use of common food names.

  • USTR closes the Out-of-Cycle reviews for Pakistan and Spain who have both undertaken improvements in recent years. Pakistan has maintained positive momentum in its efforts to reform its IP regime and Spain has strengthened its criminal laws for IP infringement and demonstrated a continued commitment to tackling online piracy.

  • USTR also announces that it will continue Out-of-Cycle reviews for Colombia and Tajikistan, and initiate an Out-of-Cycle review for Kuwait to promote engagement and progress on specific IPR opportunities and challenges identified in this year’s review.

Consistent with its statutory responsibility to develop and coordinate U.S. trade policy, USTR provides the annual Special 301 Report to Congress, in coordination with all relevant U.S. government agencies. Significant elements of the 2017 Special 301 Report include the following: