Limits eased on foreign IT buys

Congress has lifted some restrictions on agency purchases of commercial information technology items from foreign companies, even as it seeks more information about such buys.

Section 535 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 exempts hardware, software and IT from the Buy American Act, which requires federal agencies to purchase domestic goods. It also exempts imaging peripherals and other security and surveillance equipment from the Buy American Act.


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