On Tuesday, October 18, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a notice that it is proposing two nationwide waivers from the Buy America Program. The first is a permanent waiver for Commercially Available Off-the-Shelf (COTS) products with steel or iron components. The second is a one-year waiver for steel tie wire permanently incorporated in precast concrete products. In addition to these two proposed waivers, FHWA is considering whether to issue a nationwide waiver for specialized lifting devices incorporated in precast concrete products and is asking for public comment.
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COLUMBIA, SC – May 5, 2016 – Buy America Steel Products Association has launched a website that includes a directory of U.S. companies that supply and manufacture steel products used in transportation construction projects. The website is intended to make it easier for federal and state transportation officials and road construction contractors to locate steel products that meet the federal Buy America program requirements. In December, 2012, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a memorandum exempting certain steel products used in highway construction projects from Buy America requirements. The exemption covered a variety of steel products made in America by Buy America Steel Products Association members.