What is Buy American Act and What Does It Mean to You?
Per Wikipedia, The Buy American Act ("BAA", originally 41 U.S.C. §§ 10a-10d, now 41 U.S.C. §§ 8301-8305) passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Hoover on his last full day in office (March 3, 1933), required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases. Other pieces of federal legislation extend similar requirements to third-party purchases that utilize federal funds, such as highway and transit programs.
My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."- John F. Kennedy
In certain government procurements, the requirement purchase may be waived by the Contracting Officer or the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA) if the domestic product is 25% or more expensive than an identical foreign-sourced product, if the product is not available domestically in sufficient quantity or quality, or if doing so is in the public's interest.
The Buy American Act in general, restricts the purchase of supplies, that are not domestic end products, for use within the United States.
The Buy American Act imposes a two-part test (source https://www.gao.gov/products/105519 (1) The end-product must be manufactured in the United States, and (2) more than 50 percent of the cost of all the component parts must also be manufactured in the United States.
If a product meets this two-part test, then a product can be considered a "domestic end product" under the Buy American Act.
But the DOD issued a final rule amending the DFARS 252.225-7000 and 252.225-7001 provision and clause which includes a partial waiver to the two-part test.
The waiver allows a Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) item to be treated as a domestic end product if it is manufactured in the U.S., without tracking the origin of the item's components.
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