The Berry Amendment was originally passed by Congress in 1941 to promote the purchase of certain U.S. goods. The amendment was included in subsequent defense appropriations acts until it was made permanent in Fiscal Year 1994 by section 8005 of Public Law 103-139. The amendment is now: 10 U.S. Code 2533a.
A session covering The Berry Amendment was held during IFAI Expo Americas 2012 with over seventy attendees. The session was moderated by Ron Houle, United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) chair and vice president of government relations at DHS Systems, and was divided into three parts: procurement policy, advocacy, and supplying compliant products.
- “The Berry Amendment from A to Z” presented by Jeffrey Grover, senior procurement analyst, office of the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology and Logistics/Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy
- “The Hill and the Pentagon” presented by Lloyd Wood, vice president, public relations, American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition
- “Life as a Military Supplier” presented by Dan Pezold, senior vice president of the Military/Government Fabrics Business Unit, Duro Textiles LLC
The session also included two question-and-answer periods with audience participation.