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OMB has stood up madeinamerica.gov to serve as a central repository for information on requirements for agencies to buy U.S.-sourced materials and goods under “Buy American” laws and a Biden administration executive order.

The site by the new OMB Made in America Office created by that order, which said its goal is to “ensure that any waivers from Made in America laws are applied clearly, consistently, and transparently across federal agencies.” The order set new procedures for agencies to ask OMB to waive requirements under those policies; narrowed the acceptable reasons for waivers; and set up a process for resolving challenges by agencies to denials.

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The site will include information on past and pending requests for waivers, which may be allowed for example if a needed product is not made in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality or if it is made domestically, but not available at a reasonable cost.

The administration in July proposed rules changes to raise the threshold for domestic content for certain products from 55 to 60 percent and phasing that requirement up to 75 percent over several years.

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