Government Relations

UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session

Pending Legislation

AB 186
Requires all contractual services to be performed in United States

Full Description

Read testimony of Ruth Anderson

STATE CONTRACTS(Black): Requires all contractual services purchased by executive branch agencies to be performed within the United States.

Referred To: Assembly Committee on budget review.

UW System Position

OPPOSE (as written) or AMEND to exclude the UW System.

AB 186 appears to be in opposition to federal free trade agreements that UW System (and the State of Wisconsin) are required to follow, including the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement. For example, UW-Madison has a number of international programs through which it is designated as the lead research agency within a consortium. This bill would prohibit vendors of other consortia countries from competing for the services.

Additionally, this bill could increase costs since the lowest bid would not be awarded if that bidder is based overseas or is a U.S. entity performing the work abroad. The time to complete contracts may also be lengthened because investigators would need to ascertain that work is being performed in the United States for the length of the contract. IBM recently announced that it was outsourcing a substantial number of jobs. This bill would require the UW System to determine if IBM was using U.S. personnel or foreign subcontractors to perform those contractual services for the UW System.