ANNOUNCEMENT 18 Jun 2019
In 2019 the Department of Transportation made grants for port infrastructure development that are subject to Buy-American requirements.
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On June 18, 2019 the Office of the Secretary of Transportation published in the Federal Register a notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) regarding the Port Infrastructure Development Program. More precisely, Congress has $92,730,000 for the 15 coastal seaports that handle the greatest number of loaded foreign and domestic twenty-foot equivalent units of containerized cargo. Funds for are to be awarded as discretionary grants on a competitive basis for projects that will improve the safety, efficiency, or reliability of the movement of goods into, out of, around, or within a coastal seaport, as well as the unloading and loading of cargo at a coastal seaport. Applications for these grants must be submitted by September 16, 2019.
The notice observes that “it is the policy of the executive branch to maximize, consistent with law, the use of goods, products, and materials produced in the United States in the terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards,” and that the Buy American requirements “apply to funds made available under this notice and other expenditures within the scope of the award.” It nonetheless recognizes that exceptions may be made, and that that, “If selected for an award, grant recipients will be required to obtain approval from the Department before applying any Buy American Act exception. To obtain that approval, grant recipients must be prepared to demonstrate how they will maximize the use of domestic goods, products, and materials in constructing their project.”