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Buy American Exception Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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Bureau of Reclamation, Interior.


Notice of approval.


This notice provides information regarding the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) approval of the Buy American waiver requested by the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) to purchase foreign-produced ductile iron flanges also known as bolt rings used to connect high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant for Three Sisters Irrigation District (TSID) Phase III—Main Canal piping project located in Sisters, Oregon. These ductile iron flanges are not available in the United States and are necessary for the construction of the TSID project and associated construction schedule. The DRC and TSID engineers conducted market research for the domestic ductile iron flange production industry and determined there is currently no domestic availability for ductile iron flanges for use with HDPE and PVC pipe.


The effective date of the Buy American Waiver approval was May 11, 2011.

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Wilson Orvis, Financial Assistance Analyst—Acquisition and Assistance Management Division, Bureau of Reclamation, Denver Federal Center, Building 56, Room 1013, P.O. Box 25007 (84-27820), Denver, CO 80225-0007. Telephone: (303) 445-2444, or via e-mail at

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Congress has enacted a Buy American provision which requires manufactured goods permanently incorporated into a project funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds to be produced in the United States. The application of Buy American is triggered by the obligation of Federal ARRA funds to a project. Once ARRA funds are obligated to a project, then all iron, steel, and manufactured goods incorporated into the project must be produced in the United States.

Under 2 CFR 176.80(a), the head of the Federal department or agency may waive the Buy American requirements for specific products on an ARRA funded construction project when Buy American is inconsistent with the public interest; such materials and products are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of satisfactory quality; or inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.

The waiver process is initiated by a requesting organization when it believes that a waiver is warranted pursuant to any of the three waiver provisions under 2 CFR 176.80(a). The DRC submitted a Buy American waiver request based on the waiver provision under 2 CFR 176.80(a)(1)—Nonavailability. The project requirements specified the use of ductile iron flanges that were determined through industry research conducted by DRC and TSID to not be domestically available. Based on the confirmation that these ductile iron flanges used with HDPE pipe are not currently available, Reclamation approved the Buy American waiver request.Start Printed Page 30967

Reclamation's publication of its Buy American decision is required pursuant to the Buy American Act, 2 CFR 176.80(b)(2).

Upon publication of this Federal Register notice, Reclamation is notifying the public of the decision to approve the Buy American waiver requested by the DRC to purchase foreign ductile iron flanges as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant for the TSID Phase III Main Canal piping project located in Sisters, Oregon.

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Dated: May 20, 2011.

Grayford F. Payne,

Deputy Commissioner—Policy, Administration and Budget, Bureau of Reclamation.

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[FR Doc. 2011-12997 Filed 5-26-11;8:45 am]