ANNOUNCEMENT 16 Dec 2014
The appropriations bill passed in December 2014 imposed additional "Buy American" requirements on selected funds.
NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS
An appropriations bill approved by Congress on December 11-13, 2014 and signed into law by the president on December 16, 2014, includes two provisions related to the Buy American principle. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 includes
The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 includes provision Section 506(b)(1) stating that, "To the extent practicable, with respect to authorized purchases of promotional items, funds made available by this Act shall be used to purchase items that are manufactured, produced, or assembled in the United States, its territories or possessions." The "promotional items" referred to in this sections are specified in OMB Circular A–87, Attachment B, Item (1)(f)(3) as "promotional items and memorabilia, including models, gifts, and souvenirs".
Section 108 of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2015 introduces new public procurement restrictions for the steel industry.
The section "prohibits funds made available in this title from being used to procure steel for construction unless American producers, fabricators, and manufacturers have been allowed to compete for the procurement." The funds mentioned in the previous sentence refer to the 2015 budget for the Department of Defense.
Section 8025 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill for the Fiscal Year 2015 adjusts the public procurement localisation requirements with respect to steel products. It still "prohibits DOD from procuring carbon, alloy, or armor steel plating not melted and rolled in the United States". However, the section now "permits DOD to waive the prohibition if adequate domestic supplies are not available and an acquisition is necessary for national security purposes."
Section 424 of the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for the Fiscal Year 2015 "prohibits any funds made available by a drinking water treatment revolving loan fund as authorized by the Safe Drinking Water Act from being used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public water system or treatment works unless all of the iron and steel products used in the project are produced in the United States, subject to specified exceptions and waiver procedures."