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White House: EO to “Buy American” will be followed up

The White House is reminding cabinet secretaries of its commitment to having federal agencies “buy American”—and of its executive order, signed by President Biden in January, ordering just that.

At the recent cabinet meeting the president pressed his team to get on with prioritizing the purchase of U.S.-sourced goods and services.

“Today I’m directing every member of the Cabinet—I mean this sincerely—every one—to take a hard look at their agency’s spending and make sure it follows my Buy American standard, which we set out in January,” President Biden said at the April 1 meeting. “I’m going to ask you all to report back to me at the next Cabinet meeting.”

The president remarked that the secretaries of five key departments will play lead roles in communicating the need for buying American to the American people, as well pressing Congress on funding and related matters. These are the Departments of Transportation, Energy, Labor, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development. Federal employees in these departments, in particular, can expect to notice a new emphasis on their organizations for carrying out a piece of the policy.

The administration’s view is that putting a renewed emphasis on domestic procurement helps strengthen both the country’s economy and its security. The order includes the creation of a Made in America Office within the Office of Management and Budget—and the designation of a single official there to head the effort.

“It is the policy of my Administration that the United States Government should, consistent with applicable law, use terms and conditions of Federal financial assistance awards and Federal procurements to maximize the use of goods, products, and materials produced in, and services offered in, the United States,” the order reads. “The United States Government should, whenever possible, procure goods, products, materials, and services from sources that will help American businesses compete in strategic industries and help America’s workers thrive.”


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