Trump to waive federal contracting regulations to accelerate border wall construction

by Daniel Payne · Feb 18th, 2020 3:17 pm

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it would waive certain federal contracting laws in an effort to speed up construction of the southern border wall, a move likely meant to assure Trump's political allies that he is indeed serious about getting the wall built.

The Department of Homeland Security said it would suspend certain regulatory requirements such as open competition rules in order to get the wall built more quickly. A spokeswoman for the department said the bureau would be using "already vetted and experienced contractors" to build more than 175 miles of wall across six different sectors.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said his authority to waive those requirements stems from a 2005 law granting the head of the department considerable latitude in how such contracts are administered.

The sectors in which the wall portions will be constructed are located in California, Arizona, Texas, and part of New Mexico.


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