2012 Buy American Act Report

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) submitted its fiscal year 2012 report for items manufactured within the US vs. outside the US according to the Buy American Act (41 U.S.C. 10a – 10d) and Executive Order 10582.

The Buy American Act, passed by congress in 1933, applies to all US federal government agency purchases of goods valued over the micropurchase threshold, but does not apply to services. Under the Act, all goods for public use (articles, materials, or supplies) must be produced in the US, and manufactured items must be manufactured in the US from US materials.

According to the report, the NARA made no purchases of any articles, materials, or supplies manufactured outside the US within the meaning of the Buy American Act. No waivers were necessary nor granted with respect to such articles, materials, or supplies under the Buy American Act. NARA spent $4,398,906.50 on manufactured goods, $4,186,550.15 for goods manufactured in the US, and $212,356.35 for goods manufactured outside the US in accordance with Buy American Act exemptions. Information Technology items are exempt from the Buy American Act, and the funding NARA spent on those items has not been included.

For further information on the report, click here.

Stay tuned here on Global Trade News for additional information on the Buy American Act with updates as well as questions and answers from today’s webcast (May 21, 2013).

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