Logitech Introduces Keyboards and Mice for the Feds

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News Posted: Mon, Apr 30 2012 2:33 PM
As the saying goes, you learn something new every day. Today, that tasty morsel of knowledge is the fact that according to the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (aka the “TAA”), federal agencies in the U.S. are required to purchase certain products that are made only in the good old U.S. of A. (or in other designated countries). Thus, products the government buys must be TAA-compliant, which sounds like kind of a headache for federal IT buyers.

Apparently, those “designated countries” include Taiwan, where Logitech is manufacturing peripherals that pass TAA muster. (We know, Logitech isn’t based in Taiwan, but that’s where these particular goods are being made.)

Logitech announced the K120-TAA spill-resistant corded keyboard ($19.99); B100-TAA optical corded mouse ($14.99); and the B120-TAA mouse, which has both USB and PS/2 connectors ($19.99). For $34.99, you can snag the K120-TAA and B100-TAA as a mouse/keyboard combo.

The new peripherals are scheduled for release in June.



Logitech Introduces TAA-Compliant Keyboard and Mice For U.S. Federal Agencies
Federal IT Buyers Now Have Access to Products from a Global Leader in Computer Peripherals

NEWARK, Calif. — April 30, 2012 — Logitech today introduced its first TAA-compliant products – a keyboard, two mice and a keyboard/mouse combo – for U.S. federal agencies covered by the Trade Agreements Act.

The Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (TAA) requires federal agencies to purchase products, including computer peripherals, that are made in the United States or other designated countries.

Logitech, a world leader in computer peripherals, is now meeting the needs of federal IT buyers with four TAA-compliant products manufactured in Taiwan: The Logitech Keyboard K120-TAA, with a spill-resistant corded USB design, for $19.99; The Logitech Mouse B100-TAA, with high-definition optical tracking and a corded USB connector, for $14.99;The Logitech Mouse B120-TAA, which adds a corded PS/2 connector in addition to USB, for $19.99; and The Logitech Desktop MK120-TAA, a combo of the Logitech Keyboard K120-TAA and the Logitech Mouse B100-TAA, for $34.99.

“Federal IT buyers and resellers who serve the federal market have been telling us for some time they want access to high-quality TAA-compliant computer peripherals from a brand name they trust,” said Vince Alvarado, director of Americas B2B sales and marketing at Logitech. “What’s more, Logitech’s deep manufacturing experience means we can quickly and reliably fill even the biggest orders for TAA-compliant products.”

Pricing and Availability

Logitech’s TAA-compliant products are expected to be available in June 2012 at the prices listed above from resellers who specialize in the business-to-business market. The products will not be offered by consumer electronics retailers. For more information, please visit www.logitech.com/business.
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ZTimpson replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 8:37 PM

What is "TAA-compliant products"?

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realneil replied on Mon, Apr 30 2012 11:17 PM

TAA = Trade Agreements Act of 1979. 

The top paragraph of the story explain what it is,.......

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Inspector replied on Tue, May 1 2012 12:36 AM

Should just have everything made in the USA ;D

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All government purchases should be TAA compliant.

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I agree

Dogs are great judges of character, and if your dog doesn't like somebody being around, you shouldn't trust them.

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KWalsh replied on Tue, May 1 2012 9:36 AM

no i disagree, i work in a state capitol it is hard enough to buy tech in bulk quantities, AND there are PLENTY of other buying rules that we have to fallow its not like a server dies and we just order a new one, NO it dont work like that i know it sounds good everything being made in the states but guys, face it, we dont even have the tools to retool our old abandoned factory's. in short the TAA is bull and if anything it hinders us as a whole to do world business and foreign trade.

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I can see the point of preferring goods that are made in the U.S. that way we are not sending out money overseas. I am betting China is not on the list of countries where goods can be made. I can also see where this creates a situation where we are attempting to separate ourselves from the world economy.

At least the "Spill-Proof" keyboards/mice are reasonably priced.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, May 1 2012 7:04 PM

Think global, buy local.

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