Category: Press Release

Adam Reiser: Trump administration struggles to enforce ‘Buy American’ EO 13788

Nearly eight months after President Donald J. Trump signed his executive order “Buy American and Hire American,” an expert on certifying whether goods are made in the United States shared with Big League Politics the challenges in certification and enforcing Trump’s intentions.

 

 

 

Adam Reiser, the CEO and founder of Certified, Inc., told Big League Politics he is seeing no action in the executive branch to move the president’s executive order forward.

A source familiar with how the White House drafted the executive order told Big League Politics: “There are zero teeth in it, you know? Let’s of fanfare, lots of publicity, back-slapping and hand-shaking with Trump–and now, it is getting resisted, like as if it meant nothing.”

According to the president’s directive, all agencies were supposed to have turned into both the Department of Commerce and the Office of Management and Budget how they plan to comply. These plans are to include, searchable databases of certified vendors, storage arrangements for the documents and simplifications of their internal procurement procedures.

Reiser said Trump’s executive order was the president’s attempt to bring federal procurement back in synch with the law.

The Buy American Act of 1933 was signed by President Herbert Hoover the day before he handed over the White House to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Act was championed by Rep. Joseph W. Byrne, (D.-Tenn.), then the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and later Speaker of the House.

Byrne’s idea was that given support by the Hearst newspapers and by Hoover’s Commissioner of Customs Francis F.A. Eble, who would go on to start the Buy American Club.

“The law says that the U.S. government has to show preferential treatment to U.S. manufacturers,” Reiser said. “It is so the government has to buy from its own.”

Reiser said that from the 1970s, the federal government has been providing waivers to the 1933 law. “In the 1980s and 1990s, it has picked up big-time.”

When the president signed Executive Order 13788, the White House was optimistic.

President Donald J. Trump holding his Executive Order 13788 at the April 18, 2017 Kenosha, Wis., signing ceremony. (White House photo)

A senior administration official speaking on background on Easter Monday, the day before the executive order was signed in the headquarters of the tool company Snap-On in Kenosha, Wisconsin, said the executive order would correct the abuse of the Buy American Act waiver process.

“Okay, so the culture immediately changes across the agencies.  We have a lax enforcement, lax monitoring, lax compliance,” the official said. Continue reading “Adam Reiser: Trump administration struggles to enforce ‘Buy American’ EO 13788”

CERTIFIED, INC. $20 MILLION FUNDING

CERTIFIED, INC. $20 MILLION FUNDING

Boca Raton, Florida – Nov. 21, 2016 – CERTIFIED, INC. has announced an agreement with Switzerland-based Galileo Asset Management SA (galileoam.com) to assist in the acquisition of $20 million of equity funding. Such funding will expedite CERTIFIED’s international distribution and usage of their breakthrough disruptive smartphone VERITY™ scanning app. Continue reading “CERTIFIED, INC. $20 MILLION FUNDING”

Certified Inc. Admitted to the Research Park at FAU Technology Business Incubator® (TBI)

CERTIFIED, INC. ADMITTED TO THE RESEARCH PARK AT FAU TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS INCUBATOR® (TBI)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Boca Raton, Florida May 11, 2016 – CERTIFIED, INC. has announced the Company’s invitation and admittance into the highly selective Technology Business Incubator® (TBI) at the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University, a move that will assist in furthering breakthrough advancements engineered by CERTIFIED in the area of cognitive research and the collection of big data. CERTIFIED developed the Augmented Reality Visual Search Engine (ARVSE), a smartphone app named AUGI™, an advanced product tracking and tracing breakthrough. Continue reading “Certified Inc. Admitted to the Research Park at FAU Technology Business Incubator® (TBI)”

The Earthwise Group Wraps Up 2015 with Exceptional Sales

The Earthwise Group Wraps Up 2015 with Exceptional Sales

Now Building 1 Million Windows a Year

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio, Jan. 26, 2016 — The Earthwise Group, manufacturers of high quality Earthwise Windows & Doors, experienced remarkable growth in 2015. The group reached the benchmark of producing 1 million windows this past year. Earthwise products are now distributed in 43 states and sales are up 16% from the prior year.  Over the past five years, sales have doubled for the Earthwise Group as a whole. Earthwise windows and sliding glass patio doors are used for replacement, remodeling and new construction applications. Continue reading “The Earthwise Group Wraps Up 2015 with Exceptional Sales”

BedInABox®.com Earns Made In USA Certified® Recertification for its Mattresses and Foundations

BedInABox®.com Earns Made In USA Certified® Recertification for its Mattresses and Foundations

Made In USA Certified® announced that BedInABox®.com, the US manufacturer and Internet retailer of high quality, technologically advanced memory foam and latex mattresses, has been recertified for having its mattresses and foundation Made in USA by Made In USA Certified®, the nation’s leading 3rd party independent source for USA –Country of Origin claims. This means that the mattress and foundation assembly and production processes have been independently audited and verified that the majority of components used in the manufacture of these products is made in the United States. Continue reading “BedInABox®.com Earns Made In USA Certified® Recertification for its Mattresses and Foundations”

Citrus Magic® Earns “Made in USA CERTIFIED®” Seal on Solid Air Freshener

Citrus Magic® Earns “Made in USA CERTIFIED®” Seal on Solid Air Freshener

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Boca Raton — July 10, 2015 — CERTIFIED, Inc. (madeinusa.net), the nation’s leading independent, non-governmental organization (NGO) certification company for Country of Origin claims, reported today that BEAUMONT PRODUCTS and their CITRUS MAGIC® Solid Air Freshener has earned a Made in USA CERTIFIED® Seal for its Baby Calming Lavender and Lavender Escape freshener lines, qualifying for this distinction after a detailed supply chain audit that documents all components and processes. Continue reading “Citrus Magic® Earns “Made in USA CERTIFIED®” Seal on Solid Air Freshener”

A Solution for Manufacturers and Retailers Struggling with False “Made in USA” Claim Litigation

Made in USA Certified Seal

As reported on Friday, April 9, 2015 by the Law360 website, Macy’s Inc. and other retailers and manufacturers are facing the claims of California consumers that their “Made in U.S.A.” claims were false since jeans holding that label did not comply with California law that requires that all components within the jeans be made entirely in this country. Continue reading “A Solution for Manufacturers and Retailers Struggling with False “Made in USA” Claim Litigation”