ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Nov 2014

In November 2014, the government of the United States of America announced a change in the local input requirements for the participation in certain public purchases.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising
Inception date: 24 Nov 2014 | Removal date: open ended

Public procurement localisation

On November 24, 2014 the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation gave a favorable response to a request made by National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak) on February 27, 2014, for a waiver of the Buy America provisions in U.S. rail law (49 U.S.C. ยง 24405(a)(1)). The waiver was for the final assembly of two prototype high-speed rail (HSR) trainsets. The granting of this waiver was made subject to the condition that Amtrak 'provide support for its assertion and certify to FRA that its selected supplier has not established domestic manufacturing facilities capable of assembling the prototypes within a reasonable time.' The larger projects underlying this waiver are Amtrak's and the California High-Speed Rail Authority's plans to advance HSR on the Northeast Corridor and in California.

AFFECTED SECTORS