Made in America
When the U.S. government spends your tax dollars on American goods, we ensure our future is made in America.
“Made in America” policies are designed to increase reliance on domestic supply chains and ultimately reduce the need to spend taxpayer dollars on foreign-made goods. The Made in America Office (MIAO) will ensure that any waivers from Made in America laws are applied clearly, consistently, and transparently across federal agencies. The MIAO will analyze the information it gathers from waivers to support U.S. manufacturing and more resilient supply chains. This site will provide relevant market intelligence to those interested in doing business with the U.S. government. By centralizing information on past and pending waivers, we aim to maximize opportunities for U.S. producers to supply goods and services to the federal government.
Additional guidance and resources can be found on the Office of Management and Budget’s Made-In-America website.
Domestic Preferences Support Agency Missions for the American Public
Various laws and regulations establish requirements for U.S. government procurement and assistance to support American manufacturing. Exceptions to these laws and regulations are allowable under certain conditions. For example, a waiver or exception from the obligation to “Buy American” will be allowed if a needed product is not made in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality or if it is made domestically, but not available at a reasonable cost. To ensure that waivers from Made in America laws apply clearly, consistently, and transparently, agencies will submit proposed waivers along with justification to the Made in America Office for review.Learn More
Doing Business with the U.S. Government
The U.S. government seeks to maximize opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses. There are a host of resources and free websites with information to help contractors complete the registration process and navigate the federal marketplace.
The Small Business Administration (SBA.gov) website has lots of information for small businesses.
Registration at the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) is required to do business with the U.S. government.
- Update, renew, or check the status of your entity registration
- Search for entity registration and exclusion records
The GSA Schedules program is one of the most popular platforms for small and large businesses to reach federal, state, and local government agencies. It supports tens of billions in sales of commercial products and services annually.
Have questions about waivers from Made in America laws? Please reach out to the Made in America Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
The new Made in America initiative is the result of a Presidential Executive Order (E.O.) signed Jan. 25, 2021. The E.O. created the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Made in America Office (MIAO) and established a requirement for agencies to submit proposed waivers to the MIAO for review. The E.O. also directed the creation of this new website for public transparency. OMB subsequently issued guidance on how to implement the Made in America E.O. Regulatory actions related to this E.O. are publicly available on the Acquisition.gov website.
You may submit comments and questions to the OMB Made in America Office at MadeInAmerica@omb.eop.gov.
Visit our section above on "Doing business with the U.S. government."
Provide any comments regarding a waiver to the OMB Made in America Office at MadeInAmerica@omb.eop.gov.
With $600 billion in annual procurement spending, the U.S. government is the single largest purchaser of consumer goods in the world. Almost half of that amount is spent on manufactured products. From helicopter blades to trucks to medicine, it is a major buyer in a number of markets for goods and services. Ensuring clear, consistent, and transparent implementation of Buy American policies will help the U.S. government leverage its purchasing power more effectively to advance the competitiveness of U.S. industries.
Strengthening Made in America policies will send clear market signals to give suppliers confidence that manufacturing in the U.S., with America’s workers, will provide greater opportunities. Ensuring Made in America laws are implemented clearly and consistently across government will support domestic suppliers in the six critical supply chains identified by President Biden.
No. What’s the difference? There is no single “Buy America” statute. Rather, there are a number of statutes that require those receiving federal assistance to prefer goods, products, and materials made in the United States. For example, the Federal Transit Administration’s grant-making authority requires the steel, iron, and manufactured goods used in projects must be produced in the United States. The Buy American Act (BAA) is the primary law requiring the federal government to prefer domestic goods and manufactured products when making purchasing decisions. The BAA and implementing regulations in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) provide a two-part test for determining if a product qualifies as a domestic end product: (i) the item must be manufactured in the United States, and (ii) more than 55 percent of the cost of all the component parts must be manufactured in the United States. The FAR provides various waivers and exceptions to the BAA. By contrast, Buy America laws are applicable to federal financial assistance (such as grants), not procurement.
The 55% threshold is currently in effect. On July 30, 2021, the FAR Council proposed to increase the content threshold requirement immediately to 60%. The Council also suggested raising the content threshold to 75% over the next several years. Increasing the content threshold percentage is intended to strengthen the government’s commitment to American manufacturing and make Buy American real. If adopted, the higher thresholds will take effect in accordance with timeframes set forth in the final rule. Read more about this proposed rule here.
The creation of the Made in America Office is a first of its kind, historic effort to provide consistency and transparency to Made in America waivers across the whole of government. The process takes time to implement. As the MIAO expands its work, you will see the information on this site expand. Please visit again soon. You can also reach out to the Made in America Office at MadeInAmerica@omb.eop.gov.
MEP is a public-private partnership with Centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico dedicated to serving small and medium-sized manufacturers. Supplier Scouting is a successful nationwide MEP service that identifies domestic manufacturers to produce hard-to-source and critically needed supply chain items including personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. Supplier Scouting can be applied on a national, regional or local scale. By leveraging our extensive relationships and knowledge of U.S. manufacturer capabilities, we are able to identify manufacturers’ production and technical capabilities and connect them with supply chains of larger companies and government agencies. For more information about Supplier Scouting, please contact the MEP supplier scouting team at Scouting@nist.gov.
The Made In America Office created a Backgrounder on Build America, Buy America, which includes key information and requirements that Award Recipients implementing infrastructure projects should know. For the complete provision and OMB guidance to agencies, please visit Division G – Other Authorizations, Title IX – Build America, Buy America Act of the full Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and M-22-11 Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure respectively.