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Buy America Waivers for Federal Financial Assistance

The Build America, Buy America Act requires that all of the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials used in infrastructure projects are produced in the United States. Exceptions can be made by the head of a Federal agency – but first the agency must post the proposed waiver online for 15 days to allow the public to review it and submit comments. OMB’s guidance and additional resources on Initial Implementation Guidance on Application of Buy America Preference in Federal Financial Assistance Programs for Infrastructure can be found on the Office of Management and Budget’s Made-In-America website.

Covered Agencies
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of State
Department of Transportation
Department of Treasury
Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (Dept of Treasury)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Environmental Protection Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency for International Development
Social Security Administration
General Services Administration
National Science Foundation
Office of Personnel Management
Small Business Administration
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
National Endowment for the Humanities