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Buy America Waiver Notification

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Buy America Waiver Notification

Gregory G. Nadeau
Federal Highway Administration
August 17, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 158 (Monday, August 17, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 49299]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-20183]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Buy America Waiver Notification

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that 
a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic steel 
products contained in (1) Helical Bevel gearbox Rebuild kits for trail 
lock machinery, (2) Trail lock brake motors, (3) R1 and R2 Reducer 
Subcomponents, (4) Spherical Roller Bearings for bridge operating 
machinery, (5) Diesel Engine for Hydraulic Power Unit for emergency 
drive system, and (6) Hydraulic Vane Motor for emergency Hydraulic 
drive system in the State of New York.

DATES: The effective date of the waiver is August 18, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this notice, 
please contact Mr. Gerald Yakowenko, FHWA Office of Program 
Administration, (202) 366-1562, or via email at 
gerald.yakowenko@dot.gov. For legal questions, please contact Mr. Jomar 
Maldonado, FHWA Office of the Chief Counsel, (202) 366-1373, or via 
email at Jomar.Maldonado@dot.gov. Office hours for the FHWA are from 
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from the 
Federal Register's home page at: http://www.archives.gov and the 
Government Printing Office's database at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara.

Background

    The FHWA's Buy America policy in 23 CFR 635.410 requires a domestic 
manufacturing process for any steel or iron products (including 
protective coatings) that are permanently incorporated in a Federal-aid 
construction project. The regulation also provides for a waiver of the 
Buy America requirements when the application would be inconsistent 
with the public interest or when satisfactory quality domestic steel 
and iron products are not sufficiently available. This notice provides 
information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is 
appropriate for use of non-domestic steel product contained in (1) 
Helical Bevel gearbox Rebuild kits for trail lock machinery, (2) Trail 
lock brake motors, (3) R1 and R2 Reducer Subcomponents, (4) Spherical 
Roller Bearings for bridge operating machinery, (5) Diesel Engine for 
Hydraulic Power Unit for emergency drive system, and (6) Hydraulic Vane 
Motor for emergency Hydraulic drive system in the State of New York.
    In accordance with Division K, section 122 of the ``Consolidated 
and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015'' (Pub. L. 113-235), 
FHWA published a notice of intent to issue a waiver on its Web site for 
non-domestic steel cable nets (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/construction/contracts/waivers.cfm?id=109) on June 18. The FHWA received no comments 
in response to the publication. During the 15-day comment period, FHWA 
conducted additional review to locate potential domestic manufacturers 
of (1) Helical Bevel gearbox Rebuild kits for trail lock machinery, (2) 
Trail lock brake motors, (3) R1 and R2 Reducer Subcomponents, (4) 
Spherical Roller Bearings for bridge operating machinery, (5) Diesel 
Engine for Hydraulic Power Unit for emergency drive system, and (6) 
Hydraulic Vane Motor for emergency Hydraulic drive system. Based on all 
the information available to the agency, FHWA concludes that there are 
no domestic manufacturers of (1) Helical Bevel gearbox Rebuild kits for 
trail lock machinery, (2) Trail lock brake motors, (3) R1 and R2 
Reducer Subcomponents, (4) Spherical Roller Bearings for bridge 
operating machinery, (5) Diesel Engine for Hydraulic Power Unit for 
emergency drive system, and (6) Hydraulic Vane Motor for emergency 
Hydraulic drive system.
    In accordance with the provisions of section 117 of the SAFETEA-LU 
Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), 
FHWA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of Buy 
America requirements is appropriate. The FHWA invites public comment on 
this finding for an additional 15 days following the effective date of 
the finding. Comments may be submitted to FHWA's Web site via the link 
provided to the New York waiver page noted above.

(Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110-161, 23 CFR 635.410)

     Issued on: August 10, 2015.
Gregory G. Nadeau,
Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-20183 Filed 8-14-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-22-P

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