The Build America, Buy America Act, (“BABA”) enacted as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, established a domestic content procurement preference for all Federal financial assistance obligated for infrastructure projects after May 14, 2022. USDA is proposing to issue department-wide public interest waivers effective as of date of issuance, for De Minimis, Small Grants, and Minor Components to recipients of Federal financial assistance from application of the Buy America Domestic Content Procurement Preference provisions (“Buy America Preference”) as applied to the iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials requirement of BABA.
The waiver, along with instructions for responding, are posted on the USDA website at (at the bottom of the page). Please submit any comments via email to: Comments on the proposed waiver set out in this document are due on or before August 2, 2022.