A Construction Contractor’s Guide to the ‘Buy American’ Rules and Regulations

September 2014Articles AGC of America

The federal government has a long-standing preference for using domestic products in federal manufacturing, supply and construction procurements. Newer rules are applying this old-age preference to additional sectors of construction that the federal government has a hand in.

The general rule for federal procurements is that all physical products provided or sold to the government must be made in the United States, unless an exception to this rule applies. These domestic preferences are governed by a complex framework of statutes and regulations, prohibitions and waivers, and rules and exceptions that are oftentimes difficult for contractors to understand and follow. It is crucial that all construction contractors, especially federal contractors, understand these domestic preferences in order to avoid the significant penalties that may be imposed for any failure to comply.

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