Talk Textiles: NCTO & WPRC Discuss the HOPR Act
This video on the Homeland Procurement Reform Act (HOPR Act), which was produced by NCTO in collaboration with the Warrior Protection & Readiness Coalition (WPRC), provides an overview of the HOPR Act as it relates to the domestic textile and apparel industry.
The Homeland Procurement Reform Act (HOPR Act, H.R. 2915), encourages domestic sourcing and “aims to support U.S. small businesses by increasing the ability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to purchase high-quality, American-made uniforms and personal protective equipment for frontline personnel.” Specifically, HOPR would require domestic procurement of the following items:
- Uniforms and footwear provided as part of a uniform
- Holsters and tactical pouches
- Patches, insignia, and embellishments
- Chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear protective gear
- Body armor components intended to provide ballistic protection for an individual, consisting of 1 or more of the following:
- Soft ballistic panels
- Hard ballistic plates
- Concealed armor carriers worn under a uniform
- External armor carriers worn over a uniform
- Any other item of clothing or protective equipment as determined appropriate by the Secretary
Further, these new requirements extend to each of the following agencies at the Department of Homeland Security:
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- The United States Secret Service
- The Transportation Security Administration
- The Coast Guard
- The Federal Protective Service
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency
- The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
- The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
For complete details, please see a link to the HOPR Act fact sheet from the House Committee on Homeland Security.
NCTO is actively working with Congress to ensure that HOPR will be included in the 2023 NDAA (see attached joint letter to Senate and House leaders). The 2023 NDAA is expected to gain approval at the end of the year and go into effect 180 days after its approval.