July 13, 2022

What is the Buy American Act and Why is it Important?

In honor of another great Fourth of July, we want to spotlight one of the oldest and most important regulations in the last century that helps ensure the federal government doesn’t put its own products on the backburner in favor of global suppliers.

What is the Buy American Act?

The Buy American Act (BAA), which was signed into law by President Herbert Hoover on March 3, 1933, requires the federal government to buy American-made manufactured goods, iron and steel when possible if the transaction is over $10,000. The purpose of the BAA is to give preferred treatment to domestic materials and US-manufactured goods.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) interprets a “domestic end product” required by the BAA to be manufactured in the United States and at least 50% of the component costs must be of U.S. origin.  The BAA requires the government to purchase products manufactured in the United States substantially all from articles, materials, or supplies mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States. 

Are there exceptions?

The administrator of the BAA may make exceptions dependent upon the price, availability and public interest of the American goods that are to be purchased. In order to receive an exemption, a waiver must be obtained by providing a certificate of non-compliance to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that says the bid does not comply with the Buy American Act. From there, you must apply for these waivers through the FTA. Waivers will usually be granted if using U.S. products is impractical, the product is not available or does not have satisfactory quality or if using domestic products results in an increase in the total price of the project. 

Why is it important?

Any time a public building is constructed or modified, the products must meet BAA requirements. We are proud that all ADRF wireless products are BAA-compliant as Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) items including our distributed antenna systems (DAS), repeaters, passive components and antennas. 

For a full list of our BAA-compliant products you can visit: https://adrftech.com/solutions/