The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has temporarily suspended Buy America requirements. This is for certain types of construction materials used to build infrastructure projects with federal participation due to ongoing supply chain issues.
According to JD Supra,
- The relevant Buy America requirements became effective on May 14, 2022. The USDOT temporarily suspended those requirements when it issued its 180-day waiver on May 19, 2022. The waiver is slated to expire November 10, 2022.
- The suspension of Buy America requirements affords the USDOT and procuring governmental entities time to develop enforcement and compliance mechanisms for new Buy America standards.
- The delay also will allow contractors time to investigate potential domestic sources of certain construction materials and to build up an adequate supply base to support federally funded transportation infrastructure projects.