Category Archives: Specialty Metals

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More Than a Year In the Making! — DOD Issues Final Rules for Specialty Metals; New Rules Are No Less Complicated

In July 2008, DOD proposed revisions to the Specialty Metals rules, hoping to finally calm the turbulence that has boiled up over the past three years in this area. On July 29, 2009, after more than a year of stolid deliberation, DOD issued final rules implementing the latest statutory revisions from January 2008. See 74 Federal Register … Continue Reading

DOD Conclude That Specialty Metals Are Not Materials Critical To The National Security Interests Of The U.S.

On February 23, 2009, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Strategic Materials Protection Board issued an analysis of the national security issues associated with the purchase of specialty metals. See 74 Federal Register 8061. The analysis concluded that, while specialty metals are plainly essential for certain important defense systems, they are not "critical materials," … Continue Reading

Hitchcock And Specialty Metals – DOD’s New Proposed Rules Are Dizzying; Ambiguities Remain

On July 21, 2008, the U.S. Department of Defense ("DOD") issued for comment proposed rules implementing 10 U.S.C. § 2533b, the latest statutory restrictions on DOD purchases of non-domestic specialty metals.  73 Federal Register 42300. If this topic is of interest to you, please note that these proposed rules are not yet final and DOD … Continue Reading

New Specialty Metals Rules Add To Existing Confusion; DOD Suggests Single Process Initiative May Help Streamline Application

On March 21, 2008, the Executive Director of Contracts for the Defense Contract Management Agency, David E. Ricci, indicated that DCMA is considering a single process initiative (SPI) approach to streamline the morass of specialty metals rules that have come about in the last 18 months due to various legislative and regulatory changes.  This announcement … Continue Reading

New Legislation Would Loosen Specialty Metals Restrictions While Leaving Heavy Administrative Burdens on Industry

On December 14, 2007, Congress passed H.R. 1585, the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill. President Bush stated on December 28, 2007 that he intended to "pocket veto" the Bill because he viewed a particular section as potentially jeopardizing the ability of the Iraqi government to focus its resources on rebuilding. Regardless of whether the President’s "pocket … Continue Reading
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