Biden to sign executive order reforming 'Buy American' rules
Added 01-25-21 05:57:02am EST - “President Biden plans to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at strengthening "Buy American" rules with the goal of increasing the federal government's procurement of American-made goods.” - Thehill.com
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President Biden plans to sign an executive order on Monday aimed at strengthening “Buy American” rules with the goal of increasing the federal government’s procurement of American-made goods.
The order would set in motion several changes to the implementation of the laws requiring federal government agencies to procure materials and products domestically.
According to administration officials, the order Biden plans to sign Monday would create a new senior role at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to oversee the implementation of the order. It would create a central review of waivers for Buy American requirements with the aim of reducing the number of unnecessary waivers, which allow agencies to purchase goods overseas. It would also call for a website where waiver requests can be publicly viewed.
The order also aims to increase domestic content requirements and close current loopholes. And it would direct federal agencies to use the manufacturing extension partnership, a network of small and medium-sized businesses across 50 states and Puerto Rico, to ensure that agencies are connecting with new domestic suppliers.
Officials said that the order would ensure that the federal government increasingly purchases American-made products and manufactured goods and thereby bolster domestic manufacturing, though they did not identify particularly targets for domestic purchases that they want the federal government to hit.
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