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The announcement also took note of a policy review that might result in future changes to the waiver process. In response to the April 18, 2017, Executive Order 13788--Buy American and Hire American. requirements, the FHWA “is evaluating how to revise its Buy America policies and procedures, including the process and manner in which it decides whether to grant waivers for vehicles and equipment.” The agency observed that the “evaluation may result in delays in decisions on whether to grant Buy America waivers in the future.” It also provided:
Although FHWA has not found manufacturers that produce vehicles and equipment in such a way that all their steel and iron elements are manufactured domestically, the Agency is evaluating the process and manner in which it considers these waivers to ensure that it is consistent with the intent and purpose of E.O. 13788. The FHWA is aware that in today's global industry, vehicles are assembled with iron and steel components manufactured all over the world. The Agency also understands the difficulty of identifying vehicles that have 100% components made in the U.S. For example, the Chevrolet Volt, which was identified by many commenters in a November 21, 2011, Federal Register Notice (76 FR 72027) as a car that is made in the United States, is comprised of only 45 percent of United States and Canadian content according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's part 583 American Automobile Labeling Act Report web page. There is no indication of how much of this 45 percent content is U.S. manufactured (from initial melting and mixing) iron and steel content.
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