Every year, the government spends billions of dollars to keep their operations refreshed and technically advanced. A/V plays a critical role in making communication and decision making easier, but what exactly is needed for an A/V product to be integrated into facilities where only those with “special clearance” can enter?
What is TAA Compliancy?
The Trade Agreement Act (TAA) was created in 1979 with the intention of maintaining the growth of a fair and open international trading system. TAA compliance sounds complicated, but it’s really quite simple. In short, TAA requires that products acquired by the US government are only made by the U.S. or by certain designated countries. Non TAA countries include: China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Russia, and Sri Lanka. For this reason, it can be difficult for the US government to purchase IT equipment that is TAA compliant.
What is a GSA Contract?
To obtain a GSA contract, your company must certify that every product that you are providing has been produced or significantly altered in the US or one of the designated countries. Being on a GSA schedule contract will give your business a leg up on competitors who sell similar products or service. By becoming a verified vendor for federal agencies, you have a chance of creating stronger connections with buyers for future endeavors.
A company maintaining TAA compliant under a GSA contract is extremely beneficial. Not only does it allow for the government to easily access your company’s products without having to jump through multiple hoops, but, on average, a GSA contract holder makes $1,677,700 in sales.
Why does TAA Compliancy Matter for Pro A/V?
TAA Compliance is extremely important when it comes to A/V solutions that are being installed within government facilities. From office complexes to command and control centers, there is a need for hardware that is safe and reliable.
When determining the correct hardware that needs to be used, TAA compliant solutions provide a sturdy foundation for building a system that will almost never fail (barring incredible circumstances). When looking at commodity items such a power plug strip it would be easy to just check for the lowest price and be done with it, however if it does not make its way to the GSA schedule of those who pass compliance standards, it will never be introduced in a government facility. When looking to manufacture goods with the intention to sell to government buyers, it is important to either setup your operations in a designated country or within the USA itself.
TAA Compliancy and Pro A/V in Action
One of the biggest applications of professional AV that we see in government facilities is video walls within large scale command and control centers. These centers provide 360° of visibility to functions that need critical monitoring and analysis. Federal security dispatch centers often require multiple displays, monitors, computers, and mounting equipment to create a centralized location within the room that feeds responders with real-time, life-saving, information. If any part of the equation were to fail, there could be disastrous or fatal circumstances. To avoid these negative circumstances, TAA compliant goods are chosen for the job because of their ability to withstand variables that could cause breakage or failures to occur. When these products can pass the standards that allow for them to make the GSA schedule, they can help create advanced systems for streamlined communication to keep things calm under pressure.
Our Stance on TAA Compliancy
Premier Mounts manufactures most of our products here in the USA and also within the designated country of Taiwan meaning that we can be added to GSA schedules for government purchasing. We understand that solutions need to withstand the test of time and keep displays in a safe, yet easy to access position as things change. Keeping our manufacturing in TAA compliant countries means that what we create is used to keep key visibility in areas that may be facing dangers. Whether your next mounting project is government backed or not, understand that the value on a TAA compliant product far outweighs cheaper priced, but unreliable alternatives.