Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards, 18449-18463 [E9-9073]

Download as PDF 18449 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 77 Thursday, April 23, 2009 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET 2 CFR Part 176 Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial Assistance Awards rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES AGENCY: Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB). ACTION: Interim final guidance. SUMMARY: The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is establishing Governmentwide guidance and standard award terms for agencies to include in financial assistance awards (namely, grants, cooperative agreements, and loans) as part of their implementation of sections 1512, and 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5). This guidance does not cover all award terms that may be needed on financial assistance awards funded directly or assisted by the Federal Government under the Recovery Act. The focus of this guidance is on implementing Recovery Act provisions that may require greater clarification in order to foster consistent application across the Federal Government. Under the interim final guidance, agencies would use the standard award terms in their financial assistance awards to require recipients and subrecipients (first-tier that are not individuals) to maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database; to require recipients to report quarterly on project or activity status, subgrant and subcontract information; to notify recipients of the domestic sourcing (‘‘Buy American’’) requirements that apply to certain iron, steel and manufactured goods; to notify recipients of the wage rate requirements VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 that apply to certain projects; and to ensure proper accounting and reporting of Recovery Act expenditures in single audits. DATES: This document is effective April 23, 2009. To be considered in preparation of the final guidance, comments on the interim final guidance must be received by no later than June 22, 2009. ADDRESSES: Due to potential delays in OMB’s receipt and processing of mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Comments may be sent to via http:// www.regulations.gov—a Federal E-Government Web site that allows the public to find, review, and submit comments on documents that agencies have published in the Federal Register and that are open for comment. Simply type ‘‘Recovery Act Guidance’’ (in quotes) in the Comment or Submission search box, click Go, and follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments received by the date specified above will be included as part of the official record. Electronic mail comments may also be submitted to: Marguerite Pridgen at mpridgen@omb.eop.gov. Please include ‘‘Recovery Act Guidance’’ in the subject line and the full body of your comments in the text of the electronic message and not as an attachment. Please include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address in the text of the message. Comments may also be submitted via facsimile to (202) 395–3952. Comments may be mailed to Marguerite Pridgen, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, Room 6025, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503. All responses will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marguerite Pridgen, Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, telephone (202) 395–7844 (direct) or (202) 395– 3993 (main office) and e-mail: Marguerite_E._Pridgen@omb.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 I. Background A. Section 1512(c) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5, hereafter referred to as ‘‘the Recovery Act’’ or ‘‘the Act’’) requires, as a condition of receipt of funds, quarterly reporting on the use of funds. The data elements proposed for reporting the information described in section 1512(c) were published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2009 [74 FR 14824]. An entity that receives assistance funding under the Recovery Act must report information including, but not limited to, i. The total amount of recovery funds received from that agency; ii. The amount of recovery funds received that were expended or obligated to projects or activities; and iii. A detailed list of all projects or activities for which recovery funds were expended or obligated, including— 1. The name of the project or activity; 2. A description of the project or activity; 3. An evaluation of the completion status of the project or activity; 4. An estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs retained by the project or activity; and 5. For infrastructure investments made by State and local governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under this Act, and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are concerns with the infrastructure investment. iv. Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants awarded by the recipient to include the data elements required to comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (Pub. L. 109–282, hereafter referred to as ‘‘the Transparency Act’’), allowing aggregate reporting on awards below $25,000 or to individuals, as prescribed by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The Transparency Act identifies specific data elements that the Web site (USAspending.gov) must include for each Federal award and authorizes OMB to specify additional elements for other relevant information. A 2008 amendment to the Transparency Act called the ‘‘Government Funding Transparency Act of 2008’’ (Pub. L. 110–252) added a requirement to collect E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES 18450 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations compensation information on certain chief executive officers (CEOs) of the recipient and subrecipient entity. An entity that receives assistance funding under the Recovery Act must report information required under the Transparency Act including, but not limited to, 1. The name of the entity receiving the award; 2. The amount of the award; 3. The transaction type; 4. The funding agency; 5. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number; 6. The program source; 7. The location of the entity receiving the award, including four data elements for the city, State, Congressional district, and country; 8. The location of the primary place of performance under the award, including four data elements for the city, State, Congressional district, and country; 9. A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award; 10. A unique identifier of the parent entity of the recipient, should the recipient be owned by another entity; and 11. The names and total compensation of the five most highly compensated officers of the company if it received (1) 80% or more of its annual gross revenues in Federal awards; and (2) $25M or more in annual gross revenue from Federal awards. B. Section 1512(h) of the Recovery Act requires recipients of Recovery Act funds, including those receiving funds directly from the Federal Government, to register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database at http:// www.ccr.gov. Because recipients must report information on their first-tier contracts and awards, 2 CFR part 176 would establish a requirement for subrecipient registration in the CCR as a way to help ensure consistent reporting of data about each entity and thereby make the data more useful to the public. Without the requirement, multiple recipients doing business with the same entity may use different variations of the entity’s name, address, or parent organization when they each report on their awards to the entity. It should be noted that in order to register in CCR, a valid Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is required. C. Section 1605 of the Recovery Act requires that projects, funded by the Recovery Act, for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work use American iron, steel, and manufactured goods in the project unless one of the VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 specified exemptions applies. The Act provides that this requirement be applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements. Definitions of ‘‘manufactured good,’’ ‘‘public building and public work,’’ and other terms as they pertain to the Buy American guidance in 2 CFR part 176 are found in § 176.140 and § 176.160. D. Section 1606 of the Recovery Act requires the payment of Davis-Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 31) wage rates to ‘‘laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal Government’’ pursuant to the Recovery Act. E. To maximize the transparency and accountability of funds authorized under the Recovery Act as required by Congress and in accordance with 2 CFR 215.21, ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other NonProfit Organizations’’ and OMB Circular A–102 Common Rules provisions, recipients agree to maintain records that identify adequately the source and application of Recovery Act funds. Guidance and an award term are provided in part 176 to help ensure that recipients understand their responsibilities with respect to tracking, accounting and reporting transactions during the award and in preparing audit documentation and reports in accordance with OMB Circular A–133, if applicable. II. Next Steps We will consider all comments received on the interim final version of the OMB guidance as we develop the final guidance. Federal agencies that award grants, cooperative agreements, and other financial assistance awards will immediately implement this interim final guidance through the appropriate award terms. The award terms on awards made while this interim final version of this guidance is in effect do not need to be modified to reflect any modified award terms in the final guidance unless specifically required in the final guidance. List of Subjects in 2 CFR Part 176 Assistance awards, Authorized agency action official, Award officials, Buy American, Classified, Davis-Bacon Act, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Grants, Cooperative agreements, Loans, Recovery Act, Wage rate. Danny Werfel, Deputy Controller. For the reasons set forth above, the Office of Management and Budget amends 2 CFR chapter I by adding part 176 to read as follows: ■ PART 176—AWARD TERMS FOR ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS THAT INCLUDE FUNDS UNDER THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009, PUBLIC LAW 111–5 Sec. 176.10 176.20 176.30 Purpose of this part. Agency responsibilities (general). Definitions. Subpart A—Reporting and Registration Requirements under Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 176.40 Procedure. 176.50 Award term—Reporting and registration requirements under section 1512 of the Recovery Act. Subpart B—Buy American Requirement Under Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 176.60 Statutory requirement. 176.70 Policy. 176.80 Exceptions. 176.90 Non-application to acquisitions covered under international agreements. 176.100 Timely determination concerning the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act. 176.110 Evaluating proposals of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. 176.120 Determinations on late requests. 176.130 Noncompliance. 176.140 Award term—Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 176.150 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 176.160 Award term—Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 176.170 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Appendix to Subpart B of Part 176—U.S. States, Other Sub-Federal Entities, and Other Entities Subject to U.S. Obligations Under International Agreements Subpart C—Wage Rate Requirements Under Section 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 176.180 Procedure. E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 176.190 Award term—Wage Rate Requirements under Section 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Subpart D—Single Audit Information for Recipients of Recovery Act Funds 176.200 Procedure. 176.210 Award term—Recovery Act Transactions listed in Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards and Recipient Responsibilities for Informing Subrecipients. Authority: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111– 5; Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, (Pub. L. 109–282), as amended. § 176.10 Purpose of this part. This part establishes Federal Governmentwide award terms for financial assistance awards, namely, grants, cooperative agreements, and loans, to implement the cross-cutting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111–5 (Recovery Act). These requirements are cross-cutting in that they apply to more than one agency’s awards. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 176.20 Agency responsibilities (general). (a) In any assistance award funded in whole or in part by the Recovery Act, the award official shall indicate that the award is being made under the Recovery Act, and indicate what projects and/or activities are being funded under the Recovery Act. This requirement applies whenever Recovery Act funds are used, regardless of the assistance type. (b) To maximize transparency of Recovery Act funds required for reporting by the assistance recipient, the award official shall consider structuring assistance awards to allow for separately tracking Recovery Act funds. (c) Award officials shall ensure that recipients comply with the Recovery Act requirements of Subpart A. If the recipient fails to comply with the reporting requirements or other award terms, the award official or other authorized agency action official shall take the appropriate enforcement or termination action in accordance with 2 CFR 215.62 or the agency’s implementation of the OMB Circular A– 102 grants management common rule. OMB Circular A–102 is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/ circulars/a102/a102.html. (d) The award official shall make the recipient’s failure to comply with the reporting requirements a part of the recipient’s performance record. § 176.30 Definitions. As used in this part— VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 Award means any grant, cooperative agreement or loan made with Recovery Act funds. Award official means a person with the authority to enter into, administer, and/or terminate financial assistance awards and make related determinations and findings. Classified or ‘‘classified information’’ means any knowledge that can be communicated or any documentary material, regardless of its physical form or characteristics, that— (1)(i) Is owned by, is produced by or for, or is under the control of the United States Government; or (ii) Has been classified by the Department of Energy as privately generated restricted data following the procedures in 10 CFR 1045.21; and (2) Must be protected against unauthorized disclosure according to Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, April 17, 1995, or classified in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954. Recipient means any entity other than an individual that receives Recovery Act funds in the form of a grant, cooperative agreement or loan directly from the Federal Government. Recovery funds or Recovery Act funds are funds made available through the appropriations of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111–5. Subaward means— (1) A legal instrument to provide support for the performance of any portion of the substantive project or program for which the recipient received this award and that the recipient awards to an eligible subrecipient; (2) The term does not include the recipient’s procurement of property and services needed to carry out the project or program (for further explanation, see §ll.210 of the attachment to OMB Circular A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations’’). OMB Circular A–133 is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ omb/circulars/a133/a133.html. (3) A subaward may be provided through any legal agreement, including an agreement that the recipient or a subrecipient considers a contract. Subcontract means a legal instrument used by a recipient for procurement of property and services needed to carry out the project or program. Subrecipient or Subawardee means a non-Federal entity that expends Federal awards received from a pass-through entity to carry out a Federal program, but does not include an individual that is a beneficiary of such a program. A subrecipient may also be a recipient of other Federal awards directly from a PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 18451 Federal awarding agency. Guidance on distinguishing between a subrecipient and a vendor is provided in §ll.210 of OMB Circular A–133. Subpart A—Reporting and Registration Requirements Under Section 1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 § 176.40 Procedure. The award official shall insert the standard award term in this Subpart in all awards funded in whole or in part with Recovery Act funds, except for those that are classified, awarded to individuals, or awarded under mandatory and entitlement programs, except as specifically required by OMB, or expressly exempted from the reporting requirement in the Recovery Act. § 176.50 Award term—Reporting and registration requirements under section 1512 of the Recovery Act. Agencies are responsible for ensuring that their recipients report information required under the Recovery Act in a timely manner. The following award term shall be used by agencies to implement the recipient reporting and registration requirements in section 1512: (a) This award requires the recipient to complete projects or activities which are funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and to report on use of Recovery Act funds provided through this award. Information from these reports will be made available to the public. (b) The reports are due no later than ten calendar days after each calendar quarter in which the recipient receives the assistance award funded in whole or in part by the Recovery Act. (c) Recipients and their first-tier recipients must maintain current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (http://www.ccr.gov) at all times during which they have active federal awards funded with Recovery Act funds. A Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number (http://www.dnb.com) is one of the requirements for registration in the Central Contractor Registration. (d) The recipient shall report the information described in section 1512(c) of the Recovery Act using the reporting instructions and data elements that will be provided online at http:// www.FederalReporting.gov and ensure that any information that is pre-filled is corrected or updated as needed. E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 18452 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Subpart B—Buy American Requirement Under Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 § 176.60 Statutory requirement. Section 1605 of the Recovery Act prohibits use of recovery funds for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States. The law requires that this prohibition be applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements, and it provides for waiver under three circumstances: (a) Iron, steel, or relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; (b) Inclusion of iron, steel, or manufactured goods produced in the United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent; or (c) Applying the domestic preference would be inconsistent with the public interest. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 176.70 Policy. Except as provided in § 176.80 or § 176.90— (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by the Recovery Act may be used for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work (see definitions at §§ 176.140 and 176.160) unless— (1) The public building or public work is located in the United States; and (2) All of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced or manufactured in the United States. (i) Production in the United States of the iron or steel used in the project requires that all manufacturing processes must take place in the United States, except metallurgical processes involving refinement of steel additives. These requirements do not apply to iron or steel used as components or subcomponents of manufactured goods used in the project. (ii) There is no requirement with regard to the origin of components or subcomponents in manufactured goods used in the project, as long as the manufacturing occurs in the United States. (b) Paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply where the Recovery Act requires the application of alternative VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 Buy American requirements for iron, steel, and manufactured goods. § 176.80 Exceptions. (a) When one of the following exceptions applies in a case or category of cases, the award official may allow the recipient to use foreign iron, steel and/or manufactured goods in the project without regard to the restrictions of section 1605 of the Recovery Act: (1) Nonavailability. The head of the Federal department or agency may determine that the iron, steel or relevant manufactured good is not produced or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality. The determinations of nonavailability of the articles listed at 48 CFR 25.104(a) and the procedures at 48 CFR 25.103(b)(1) also apply if any of those articles are manufactured goods needed in the project. (2) Unreasonable cost. The head of the Federal department or agency may determine that the cost of domestic iron, steel, or relevant manufactured goods will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent in accordance with § 176.110. (3) Inconsistent with public interest. The head of the Federal department or agency may determine that application of the restrictions of section 1605 of the Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the public interest. (b) When a determination is made for any of the reasons stated in this section that certain foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods may be used— (1) The award official shall list the excepted materials in the award; and (2) The head of the Federal department or agency shall publish a notice in the Federal Register within two weeks after the determination is made, unless the item has already been determined to be domestically nonavailable. A list of items that are not domestically available is at 48 CFR 25.104(a). The Federal Register notice or information from the notice may be posted by OMB to Recovery.gov. The notice shall include— (i) The title ‘‘Buy American Exception under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009’’; (ii) The dollar value and brief description of the project; and (iii) A detailed written justification as to why the restriction is being waived. § 176.90 Non-application to acquisitions covered under international agreements. Acquisitions covered by international agreements. Section 1605(d) of the Recovery Act provides that the Buy American requirement in section 1605 PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 shall be applied in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements. (a) The Buy American requirement set out in § 176.70 shall not be applied where the iron, steel, or manufactured goods used in the project are from a Party to an international agreement, listed in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, and the recipient is required under an international agreement, described in the appendix to this subpart, to treat the goods and services of that Party the same as domestic goods and services. This obligation shall only apply to projects with an estimated value of $7,443,000 or more and projects that are not specifically excluded from the application of those agreements. (b) The international agreements that obligate recipients that are covered under an international agreement to treat the goods and services of a Party the same as domestic goods and services and the respective Parties to the agreements are: (1) The World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom); (2) The following Free Trade Agreements: (i) Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua); (ii) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (Canada and Mexico); (iii) United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement; (iv) United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement; (v) United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement; (vi) United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement; (vii) United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement; (viii) United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement; (ix) United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement; and (x) United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. (3) United States-European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 15, 1995): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. § 176.100 Timely determination concerning the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act. (a) The head of the Federal department or agency involved may make a determination regarding inapplicability of section 1605 to a particular case or to a category of cases. (b) Before Recovery Act funds are awarded by the Federal agency or obligated by the recipient for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work, an applicant or recipient may request from the award official a determination concerning the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act for specifically identified items. (c) The time for submitting the request and the information and supporting data that must be included in the request are to be specified in the agency’s and recipient’s request for applications and/ or proposals, and as appropriate, in other written communications. The content of those communications should be consistent with the notice in § 176.150 or § 176.170, whichever applies. (d) The award official must evaluate all requests based on the information provided and may supplement this information with other readily available information. (e) In making a determination based on the increased cost to the project of using domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, the award official must compare the total estimated cost of the project using foreign iron, steel and/ or relevant manufactured goods to the estimated cost if all domestic iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods were used. If use of domestic iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods would increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent, then the award official shall determine that the cost of the domestic iron, steel, and/ or relevant manufactured goods is unreasonable. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 176.110 Evaluating proposals of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. (a) If the award official receives a request for an exception based on the cost of certain domestic iron, steel, and/ or manufactured goods being unreasonable, in accordance with § 176.80, then the award official shall apply evaluation factors to the proposal VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 to use such foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods as follows: (1) Use an evaluation factor of 25 percent, applied to the total estimated cost of the project, if the foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods are to be used in the project based on an exception for unreasonable cost requested by the applicant. (2) Total evaluated cost = project cost estimate + (.25 × project cost estimate, if paragraph (a)(1) of this section applies). (b) Applicants or recipients also may submit alternate proposals based on use of equivalent domestic iron, steel, and/ or manufactured goods to avoid possible denial of Recovery Act funding for the proposal if the Federal Government determines that an exception permitting use of the foreign item(s) does not apply. (c) If the award official makes an award to an applicant that proposed foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods not listed in the applicable notice in the request for applications or proposals, then the award official must add the excepted materials to the list in the award term. § 176.120 Determinations on late requests. (a) If a recipient requests a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act after obligating Recovery Act funds for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair (late request), the recipient must explain why it could not request the determination before making the obligation or why the need for such determination otherwise was not reasonably foreseeable. If the award official concludes that the recipient should have made the request before making the obligation, the award official may deny the request. (b) The award official must base evaluation of any late request for a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act on information required by § 176.150(c) and (d) or § 176.170(c) and (d) and/or other readily available information. (c) If a determination, under § 176.80 is made after Recovery Act funds were obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, the award official must amend the award to allow use of the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis of the exception is nonavailability or public interest, the amended award shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, redistribution of budgeted funds, and/or other appropriate actions PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 18453 taken to cover costs associated with acquiring or using the foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. When the basis for the exception is the unreasonable cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods the award official shall adjust the award amount or the budget, as appropriate, by at least the differential established in § 176.110(a). § 176.130 Noncompliance. The award official must— (a) Review allegations of violations of section 1605 of the Recovery Act; (b) Unless fraud is suspected, notify the recipient of the apparent unauthorized use of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods and request a reply, to include proposed corrective action; and (c) If the review reveals that a recipient or subrecipient has used foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods without authorization, take appropriate action, including one or more of the following: (1) Process a determination concerning the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act in accordance with § 176.120. (2) Consider requiring the removal and replacement of the unauthorized foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. (3) If removal and replacement of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods used in a public building or a public work would be impracticable, cause undue delay, or otherwise be detrimental to the interests of the Federal Government, the award official may determine in writing that the foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods need not be removed and replaced. A determination to retain foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods does not constitute a determination that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, and this should be stated in the determination. Further, a determination to retain foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods does not affect the Federal Government’s right to reduce the amount of the award by the cost of the steel, iron, or manufactured goods that are used in the project or to take enforcement or termination action in accordance with the agency’s grants management regulations. (4) If the noncompliance is sufficiently serious, consider exercising appropriate remedies, such as withholding cash payments pending correction of the deficiency, suspending or terminating the award, and withholding further awards for the project. Also consider preparing and E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 18454 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations forwarding a report to the agency suspending or debarring official in accordance with the agency’s debarment rule implementing 2 CFR part 180. If the noncompliance appears to be fraudulent, refer the matter to other appropriate agency officials, such as the officer responsible for criminal investigation. § 176.140 Award term—Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES When awarding Recovery Act funds for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work that does not involve iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods covered under international agreements, the agency shall use the award term described in the following paragraphs: (a) Definitions. As used in this award term and condition— (1) Manufactured good means a good brought to the construction site for incorporation into the building or work that has been— (i) Processed into a specific form and shape; or (ii) Combined with other raw material to create a material that has different properties than the properties of the individual raw materials. (2) Public building and public work means a public building of, and a public work of, a governmental entity (the United States; the District of Columbia; commonwealths, territories, and minor outlying islands of the United States; State and local governments; and multiState, regional, or interstate entities which have governmental functions). These buildings and works may include, without limitation, bridges, dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, subways, tunnels, sewers, mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, railways, airports, terminals, docks, piers, wharves, ways, lighthouses, buoys, jetties, breakwaters, levees, and canals, and the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of such buildings and works. (3) Steel means an alloy that includes at least 50 percent iron, between .02 and 2 percent carbon, and may include other elements. (b) Domestic preference. (1) This award term and condition implements Section 1605 of the American Recovery VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) (Pub. L. 111–5), by requiring that all iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States except as provided in paragraph (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section and condition. (2) This requirement does not apply to the material listed by the Federal Government as follows: llllllllllllllllll l [Award official to list applicable excepted materials or indicate ‘‘none’’] (3) The award official may add other iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods to the list in paragraph (b)(2) of this section and condition if the Federal Government determines that— (i) The cost of the domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods would be unreasonable. The cost of domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods used in the project is unreasonable when the cumulative cost of such material will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent; (ii) The iron, steel, and/or manufactured good is not produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (iii) The application of the restriction of section 1605 of the Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the public interest. (c) Request for determination of inapplicability of Section 1605 of the Recovery Act. (1)(i) Any recipient request to use foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods in accordance with paragraph (b)(3) of this section shall include adequate information for Federal Government evaluation of the request, including— (A) A description of the foreign and domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods; (B) Unit of measure; (C) Quantity; (D) Cost; (E) Time of delivery or availability; (F) Location of the project; (G) Name and address of the proposed supplier; and (H) A detailed justification of the reason for use of foreign iron, steel, and/ or manufactured goods cited in accordance with paragraph (b)(3) of this section. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (ii) A request based on unreasonable cost shall include a reasonable survey of the market and a completed cost comparison table in the format in paragraph (d) of this section. (iii) The cost of iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods material shall include all delivery costs to the construction site and any applicable duty. (iv) Any recipient request for a determination submitted after Recovery Act funds have been obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair shall explain why the recipient could not reasonably foresee the need for such determination and could not have requested the determination before the funds were obligated. If the recipient does not submit a satisfactory explanation, the award official need not make a determination. (2) If the Federal Government determines after funds have been obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, the award official will amend the award to allow use of the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis for the exception is nonavailability or public interest, the amended award shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, redistribution of budgeted funds, and/or other actions taken to cover costs associated with acquiring or using the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis for the exception is the unreasonable cost of the domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods, the award official shall adjust the award amount or redistribute budgeted funds by at least the differential established in 2 CFR 176.110(a). (3) Unless the Federal Government determines that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, use of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods is noncompliant with section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. (d) Data. To permit evaluation of requests under paragraph (b) of this section based on unreasonable cost, the Recipient shall include the following information and any applicable supporting data based on the survey of suppliers: E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 18455 FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ITEMS COST COMPARISON Unit of measure Description Item 1: Foreign steel, iron, or manufactured good ....................................................................................... Domestic steel, iron, or manufactured good .................................................................................... Item 2: Foreign steel, iron, or manufactured good ....................................................................................... Domestic steel, iron, or manufactured good .................................................................................... Quantity Cost (dollars)* _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ [List name, address, telephone number, email address, and contact for suppliers surveyed. Attach copy of response; if oral, attach summary.] [Include other applicable supporting information.] [*Include all delivery costs to the construction site.] rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 176.150 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. When requesting applications or proposals for Recovery Act programs or activities that may involve construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work, and do not involve iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods covered under international agreements, the agency shall use the notice described in the following paragraphs in their solicitations: (a) Definitions. Manufactured good, public building and public work, and steel, as used in this notice, are defined in the 2 CFR 176.140. (b) Requests for determinations of inapplicability. A prospective applicant requesting a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5) (Recovery Act) should submit the request to the award official in time to allow a determination before submission of applications or proposals. The prospective applicant shall include the information and applicable supporting data required by paragraphs at 2 CFR 176.140(c) and (d) in the request. If an applicant has not requested a determination regarding the inapplicability of 1605 of the Recovery Act before submitting its application or proposal, or has not received a response to a previous request, the applicant shall include the information and supporting data in the application or proposal. (c) Evaluation of project proposals. If the Federal Government determines that an exception based on unreasonable cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods applies, the Federal Government will evaluate a project requesting exception to the requirements of section 1605 of the Recovery Act by adding to the estimated total cost of the project 25 percent of the project cost, if foreign iron, steel, or manufactured goods are used in the project based on unreasonable cost of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 comparable manufactured domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. (d) Alternate project proposals. (1) When a project proposal includes foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods not listed by the Federal Government at 2 CFR 176.140(b)(2), the applicant also may submit an alternate proposal based on use of equivalent domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. (2) If an alternate proposal is submitted, the applicant shall submit a separate cost comparison table prepared in accordance with 2 CFR 176.140(c) and (d) for the proposal that is based on the use of any foreign iron, steel, and/ or manufactured goods for which the Federal Government has not yet determined an exception applies. (3) If the Federal Government determines that a particular exception requested in accordance with 2 CFR 176.140(b) does not apply, the Federal Government will evaluate only those proposals based on use of the equivalent domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, and the applicant shall be required to furnish such domestic items. § 176.160 Award term—Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. When awarding Recovery Act funds for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work that involves iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods materials covered under international agreements, the agency shall use the award term described in the following paragraphs: (a) Definitions. As used in this award term and condition— Designated country—(1) A World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement country (Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom; (2) A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country (Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, or Singapore); or (3) A United States-European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 15, 1995) country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. Designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods—(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a designated country; or (2) In the case of a manufactured good that consist in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in a designated country into a new and different manufactured good distinct from the materials from which it was transformed. Domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured good—(1) Is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of the United States; or (2) In the case of a manufactured good that consists in whole or in part of materials from another country, has been substantially transformed in the United States into a new and different manufactured good distinct from the materials from which it was transformed. There is no requirement with regard to the origin of components or subcomponents in manufactured goods or products, as long as the manufacture of the goods occurs in the United States. Foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured good means iron, steel E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES 18456 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations and/or manufactured good that is not domestic or designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured good. Manufactured good means a good brought to the construction site for incorporation into the building or work that has been— (1) Processed into a specific form and shape; or (2) Combined with other raw material to create a material that has different properties than the properties of the individual raw materials. Public building and public work means a public building of, and a public work of, a governmental entity (the United States; the District of Columbia; commonwealths, territories, and minor outlying islands of the United States; State and local governments; and multiState, regional, or interstate entities which have governmental functions). These buildings and works may include, without limitation, bridges, dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, subways, tunnels, sewers, mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, railways, airports, terminals, docks, piers, wharves, ways, lighthouses, buoys, jetties, breakwaters, levees, and canals, and the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of such buildings and works. Steel means an alloy that includes at least 50 percent iron, between .02 and 2 percent carbon, and may include other elements. (b) Iron, steel, and manufactured goods. (1) The award term and condition described in this section implements— (i) Section 1605(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5) (Recovery Act), by requiring that all iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United States; and (ii) Section 1605(d), which requires application of the Buy American requirement in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements. The restrictions of section 1605 of the Recovery Act do not apply to designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. The Buy American requirement in section 1605 shall not be applied where the iron, steel or manufactured goods used in the project are from a Party to an international agreement that obligates the recipient to treat the goods and services of that Party the same as domestic goods and services. This obligation shall only apply to projects VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 with an estimated value of $7,443,000 or more. (2) The recipient shall use only domestic or designated country iron, steel, and manufactured goods in performing the work funded in whole or part with this award, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this section. (3) The requirement in paragraph (b)(2) of this section does not apply to the iron, steel, and manufactured goods listed by the Federal Government as follows: llllllllllllllllll l [Award official to list applicable excepted materials or indicate ‘‘none’’] (4) The award official may add other iron, steel, and manufactured goods to the list in paragraph (b)(3) of this section if the Federal Government determines that— (i) The cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods would be unreasonable. The cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods used in the project is unreasonable when the cumulative cost of such material will increase the overall cost of the project by more than 25 percent; (ii) The iron, steel, and/or manufactured good is not produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality; or (iii) The application of the restriction of section 1605 of the Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the public interest. (c) Request for determination of inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act or the Buy American Act. (1)(i) Any recipient request to use foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods in accordance with paragraph (b)(4) of this section shall include adequate information for Federal Government evaluation of the request, including— (A) A description of the foreign and domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods; (B) Unit of measure; (C) Quantity; (D) Cost; (E) Time of delivery or availability; (F) Location of the project; (G) Name and address of the proposed supplier; and (H) A detailed justification of the reason for use of foreign iron, steel, and/ or manufactured goods cited in PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 accordance with paragraph (b)(4) of this section. (ii) A request based on unreasonable cost shall include a reasonable survey of the market and a completed cost comparison table in the format in paragraph (d) of this section. (iii) The cost of iron, steel, or manufactured goods shall include all delivery costs to the construction site and any applicable duty. (iv) Any recipient request for a determination submitted after Recovery Act funds have been obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair shall explain why the recipient could not reasonably foresee the need for such determination and could not have requested the determination before the funds were obligated. If the recipient does not submit a satisfactory explanation, the award official need not make a determination. (2) If the Federal Government determines after funds have been obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, the award official will amend the award to allow use of the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis for the exception is nonavailability or public interest, the amended award shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, redistribution of budgeted funds, and/or other appropriate actions taken to cover costs associated with acquiring or using the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods.. When the basis for the exception is the unreasonable cost of the domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods, the award official shall adjust the award amount or redistribute budgeted funds, as appropriate, by at least the differential established in 2 CFR 176.110(a). (3) Unless the Federal Government determines that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, use of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods other than designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods is noncompliant with the applicable Act. (d) Data. To permit evaluation of requests under paragraph (b) of this section based on unreasonable cost, the applicant shall include the following information and any applicable supporting data based on the survey of suppliers: E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 18457 FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC ITEMS COST COMPARISON Unit of measure Description Item 1: Foreign steel, iron, or manufactured good ....................................................................................... Domestic steel, iron, or manufactured good .................................................................................... Item 2: Foreign steel, iron, or manufactured good ....................................................................................... Domestic steel, iron, or manufactured good .................................................................................... Quantity Cost (dollars)* _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ [List name, address, telephone number, email address, and contact for suppliers surveyed. Attach copy of response; if oral, attach summary.] [Include other applicable supporting information.] [*Include all delivery costs to the construction site.] § 176.170 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)—Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. When requesting applications or proposals for Recovery Act programs or activities that may involve construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work, and involve iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods covered under international agreements, the agency shall use the notice described in the following paragraphs in the solicitation: (a) Definitions. Designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured good, manufactured good, public building and public work, and steel, as used in this provision, are defined in 2 CFR 176.160(a). (b) Requests for determinations of inapplicability. A prospective applicant requesting a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–5) (Recovery Act) should submit the request to the award official in time to allow a determination before submission of applications or proposals. The prospective applicant shall include the information and applicable supporting data required by 2 CFR 176.160 (c) and (d) in the request. If an applicant has not requested a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act before submitting its application or proposal, or has not received a response to a previous request, the applicant shall include the information and supporting data in the application or proposal. (c) Evaluation of project proposals. If the Federal Government determines that an exception based on unreasonable cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods applies, the Federal Government will evaluate a project requesting exception to the requirements of section 1605 of the Recovery Act by adding to the estimated total cost of the project 25 percent of the project cost if foreign iron, steel, or manufactured goods are used based on unreasonable cost of comparable domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods. (d) Alternate project proposals. (1) When a project proposal includes foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, other than designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, that are not listed by the Federal Government in this Buy American notice in the request for applications or proposals, the applicant may submit an alternate proposal based on use of equivalent domestic or designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. (2) If an alternate proposal is submitted, the applicant shall submit a separate cost comparison table prepared in accordance with paragraphs 2 CFR 176.160(c) and (d) for the proposal that is based on the use of any foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods for which the Federal Government has not yet determined an exception applies. (3) If the Federal Government determines that a particular exception requested in accordance with 2 CFR 176.160(b) does not apply, the Federal Government will evaluate only those proposals based on use of the equivalent domestic or designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, and the applicant shall be required to furnish such domestic or designated country items. Appendix to Subpart B of Part 176— U.S. States, Other Sub-Federal Entities, and Other Entities Subject to U.S. Obligations Under International Agreements Entities covered Exclusions Arizona ........................................... Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Arkansas ........................................ Executive branch agencies, in- construction services .................... cluding universities but excluding the Office of Fish and Game. California ........................................ rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES States Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Colorado ........................................ Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM Relevant international agreements —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —US.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. 23APR1 18458 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations States Entities covered Connecticut .................................... Delaware ........................................ Florida ............................................ Georgia .......................................... —Department Services. of Exclusions Administrative —Department of Transportation. —Department of Public Works. —Constituent Units of Higher Education. —Administrative Services (Central Procurement Agency). —State Universities. —State Colleges. Executive branch agencies .......... Relevant international agreements ....................................................... construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —Department of Administrative Services —Georgia Technology Authority. Department of Accounting and General Services. beef; compost; mulch ................... Idaho .............................................. Central Procurement Agency (including all colleges and universities subject to central purchasing oversight). ....................................................... Illinois ............................................. —Department of Central Management Services. construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. Iowa ............................................... —Department of General Services —Department of Transportation. —Board of Regents’ Institutions (universities). Executive branch agencies .......... construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. Kentucky ........................................ Division of Purchases, Finance and Administration Cabinet. construction projects ..................... Louisiana ........................................ Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Hawaii ............................................ rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES Kansas ........................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:32 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. software developed in the state; construction. construction services; mobiles; aircraft. Sfmt 4700 auto- E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters (applies to EC Member States for procurement not covered by WTO GPA and only where the state considers out-of-state suppliers). —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations States Entities covered Maine ............................................. Maryland ........................................ Massachusetts ............................... Michigan ......................................... Exclusions Relevant international agreements —Department of Administrative construction-grade steel (including and Financial Services. requirements on subcontracts); —Bureau of General Services motor vehicles; coal. (covering state government agencies and school construction). —Department of Transportation. —Office of the Treasury. construction-grade steel (including —Department of the Environment. requirements on subcontracts); —Department of General Servmotor vehicles; coal. ices. —Department of Housing and Community Development. —Department of Human Resources. —Department of Licensing and Regulation. —Department of Natural Resources. —Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. —Department of Personnel. —Department of Transportation. —Executive Office for Administra- ....................................................... tion and Finance. —Executive Office of Communities and Development. —Executive Office of Consumer Affairs. —Executive Office of Economic Affairs. —Executive Office of Education. —Executive Office of Elder Affairs. —Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. —Executive Office of Health and Human Service. —Executive Office of Labor. —Executive Office of Public Safety. —Executive Office of Transportation and Construction. Department of Management and construction-grade steel (including Budget. requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Mississippi ...................................... Department of Finance and Administration. services ......................................... Missouri .......................................... —Office of Administration ............. —Division of Purchasing and Materials Management. Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Montana ......................................... goods ............................................ Nebraska ........................................ rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES Minnesota ...................................... Central Procurement Agency ....... ....................................................... New Hampshire ............................. Central Procurement Agency ....... construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts), motor vehicles; coal. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:32 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 18459 —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. 23APR1 18460 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Entities covered Exclusions Relevant international agreements New York ....................................... —State agencies. —State university system. —Public authorities and public benefit corporations, with the exception of those entities with multi-state mandates. construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal; transit cars, buses and related equipment. North Dakota .................................. ....................................................... ....................................................... Oklahoma ....................................... Department of Central Services and all state agencies and departments subject to the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act. construction services; construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. Oregon ........................................... Department Services. Administrative ....................................................... Pennsylvania .................................. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES States Executive branch agencies, including: —Governor’s Office. —Department of the Auditor General. —Treasury Department. —Department of Agriculture. —Department of Banking. —Pennsylvania Securities Commission. —Department of Health. —Department of Transportation. —Insurance Department. —Department of Aging. —Department of Correction. —Department of Labor and Industry. —Department of Military Affairs. —Office of Attorney General. —Department of General Services. —Department of Education. —Public Utility Commission. —Department of Revenue. —Department of State. —Pennsylvania State Police. —Department of Public Welfare. —Fish Commission. —Game Commission. —Department of Commerce. —Board of Probation and Parole. —Liquor Control Board. —Milk Marketing Board. —Lieutenant Governor’s Office. —Department of Community Affairs. —Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. —Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. —State Civil Service Commission. —Pennsylvania Public Television Network. —Department of Environmental Resources. —State Tax Equalization Board. —Department of Public Welfare. —State Employees’ Retirement System. —Pennsylvania Municipal Retirement Board. construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters (applies to EC Member States and only where the state considers out-of-state suppliers). —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:32 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 of Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations States Entities covered Rhode Island .................................. —Public School Employees’ Retirement System. —Pennsylvania Crime Commission. —Executive Offices. Executive branch agencies .......... Exclusions Relevant international agreements boats, automobiles, buses and related equipment. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA (except Honduras). —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters (applies to EC Member States and only where the state considers out-of-state suppliers). —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. Central Procuring Agency (including universities and penal institutions). beef ............................................... Tennessee ..................................... Executive branch agencies .......... Services; construction .................. Texas ............................................. Texas Building and Procurement Commission. ....................................................... Utah ............................................... Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Vermont ......................................... Executive branch agencies .......... ....................................................... Washington .................................... Executive branch agencies, including: —General Administration. —Department of Transportation. —State Universities. fuel; paper products; boats; ships; and vessels. West Virginia .................................. ....................................................... ....................................................... Wisconsin ....................................... rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES South Dakota ................................. Executive branch agencies, including: —Department of Administration. —State Correctional Institutions. —Department of Development. —Educational Communications Board. —Department of Employment Relations. —State Historical Society. —Department of Health and Social Services. —Insurance Commissioner. —Department of Justice. —Lottery Board. —Department of Natural Resources. —Administration for Public Instruction. ....................................................... VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:39 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 18461 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 18462 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations States Entities covered Wyoming ........................................ Exclusions —Racing Board. —Department of Revenue. —State Fair Park Board. —Department of Transportation. —State University System. —Procurement Services Division —Wyoming Department of Transportation. —University of Wyoming .............. Relevant international agreements construction-grade steel (including requirements on subcontracts); motor vehicles; coal. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. Other sub-federal entities Entities covered Exclusions Puerto Rico .................................... —Department of State .................. construction services .................... —DR–CAFTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. restrictions attached to Federal funds for airport projects; maintenance, repair and operating materials and supplies. restrictions attached to Federal funds for airport projects. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. —Department of Justice. —Department of the Treasury. —Department of Economic Development and Commerce. —Department of Labor and Human Resources. —Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. —Department of Consumer Affairs. —Department of Sports and Recreation. ....................................................... Relevant international agreements ....................................................... New York Power Authority ............. ....................................................... Massachusetts Port Authority ........ ....................................................... restrictions attached to Federal funds for airport projects; conditions specified for the State of New York. ....................................................... Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Nashville, and San Antonio. ....................................................... ....................................................... Other entities Entities covered Exclusions Rural Utilities Service (waiver of Buy American restriction on financing for all power generation projects). ....................................................... ....................................................... Rural Utilities Service (waiver of Buy American restriction on financing for telecommunications projects). rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES Port of Baltimore ............................ ....................................................... ....................................................... General Exceptions: The following restrictions and exceptions are excluded from U.S. obligations under international agreements: VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 1. The restrictions attached to Federal funds to states for mass transit and highway projects. 2. Dredging. The World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement (WTO PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —WTO GPA (except Canada). —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters (applies to EC Member States and only where the Port Authority considers out-of-state suppliers). U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters (only applies to EC Member States and where the city considers out-of-city suppliers). Relevant international agreements —WTO GPA. —DR–CAFTA. —NAFTA. —U.S.-Australia FTA. —U.S.-Bahrain FTA. —U.S.-Chile FTA. —U.S.-Morocco FTA. —U.S.-Oman FTA. —U.S.-Peru TPA. —U.S.-Singapore FTA. —NAFTA. —U.S.-Israel FTA. GPA) Parties: Aruba, Austria, Canada, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 77 / Thursday, April 23, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. The Free Trade Agreements and the respective Parties to the agreements are: (1) Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement (DR– CAFTA): Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua; (2) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): Canada and Mexico; (3) United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Australia FTA); (4) United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Bahrain FTA); (5) United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Chile FTA); (6) United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Israel FTA); (7) United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Morocco FTA); (8) United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Oman FTA); (9) United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (U.S.-Peru TPA); and (10) United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (U.S.-Singapore FTA). United States-European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 30, 1995) (U.S.-EC Exchange of Letters) applies to EC Member States: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code. Pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. 14 and the Copeland Act, 40 U.S.C. 3145, the Department of Labor has issued regulations at 29 CFR parts 1, 3, and 5 to implement the Davis-Bacon and related Acts. Regulations in 29 CFR 5.5 instruct agencies concerning application of the standard Davis-Bacon contract clauses set forth in that section. Federal agencies providing grants, cooperative agreements, and loans under the Recovery Act shall ensure that the standard Davis-Bacon contract clauses found in 29 CFR 5.5(a) are incorporated in any resultant covered contracts that are in excess of $2,000 for construction, alteration or repair (including painting and decorating). (b) For additional guidance on the wage rate requirements of section 1606, contact your awarding agency. Recipients of grants, cooperative agreements and loans should direct their initial inquiries concerning the application of Davis-Bacon requirements to a particular federally assisted project to the Federal agency funding the project. The Secretary of Labor retains final coverage authority under Reorganization Plan Number 14. Subpart D—Single Audit Information for Recipients of Recovery Act Funds § 176.200 Procedure. Subpart C—Wage Rate Requirements Under Section 1606 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 The award official shall insert the standard award term in this Subpart in all awards funded in whole or in part with Recovery Act funds. § 176.180 § 176.210 Award term—Recovery Act Transactions listed in Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards and Recipient Responsibilities for Informing Subrecipients. Procedure. The award official shall insert the standard award term in this Subpart in all awards funded in whole or in part with Recovery Act funds. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES § 176.190 Award term—Wage Rate Requirements under Section 1606 of the Recovery Act. When issuing announcements or requesting applications for Recovery Act programs or activities that may involve construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair the agency shall use the award term described in the following paragraphs: (a) Section 1606 of the Recovery Act requires that all laborers and mechanics employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal Government pursuant to the Recovery Act shall be paid wages at rates not less than those prevailing on projects of a character similar in the locality as determined by the Secretary of Labor in accordance with subchapter IV of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:03 Apr 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 The award term described in this section shall be used by agencies to clarify recipient responsibilities regarding tracking and documenting Recovery Act expenditures: (a) To maximize the transparency and accountability of funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111– 5) (Recovery Act) as required by Congress and in accordance with 2 CFR 215.21 ‘‘Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements’’ and OMB Circular A–102 Common Rules provisions, recipients agree to maintain records that identify adequately the source and application of Recovery Act funds. OMB Circular A– 102 is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/ a102/a102.html. (b) For recipients covered by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 18463 and OMB Circular A–133, ‘‘Audits of States, Local Governments, and NonProfit Organizations,’’ recipients agree to separately identify the expenditures for Federal awards under the Recovery Act on the Schedule of Expenditures of Federal Awards (SEFA) and the Data Collection Form (SF–SAC) required by OMB Circular A–133. OMB Circular A– 133 is available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/ a133/a133.html. This shall be accomplished by identifying expenditures for Federal awards made under the Recovery Act separately on the SEFA, and as separate rows under Item 9 of Part III on the SF–SAC by CFDA number, and inclusion of the prefix ‘‘ARRA-’’ in identifying the name of the Federal program on the SEFA and as the first characters in Item 9d of Part III on the SF–SAC. (c) Recipients agree to separately identify to each subrecipient, and document at the time of subaward and at the time of disbursement of funds, the Federal award number, CFDA number, and amount of Recovery Act funds. When a recipient awards Recovery Act funds for an existing program, the information furnished to subrecipients shall distinguish the subawards of incremental Recovery Act funds from regular subawards under the existing program. (d) Recipients agree to require their subrecipients to include on their SEFA information to specifically identify Recovery Act funding similar to the requirements for the recipient SEFA described above. This information is needed to allow the recipient to properly monitor subrecipient expenditure of ARRA funds as well as oversight by the Federal awarding agencies, Offices of Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office. [FR Doc. E9–9073 Filed 4–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 984 [Doc. No. AO–192–A7; AMS–FV–07–0004; FV06–984–1 C] Walnuts Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing Order No. 984; Correcting Amendment AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment. E:\FR\FM\23APR1.SGM 23APR1

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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET

2 CFR Part 176


Requirements for Implementing Sections 1512, 1605, and 1606 of 
the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for Financial 
Assistance Awards

AGENCY: Office of Federal Financial Management, Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB).

ACTION: Interim final guidance.

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SUMMARY: The Office of Federal Financial Management (OFFM) is 
establishing Governmentwide guidance and standard award terms for 
agencies to include in financial assistance awards (namely, grants, 
cooperative agreements, and loans) as part of their implementation of 
sections 1512, and 1605, and 1606 of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5). This guidance does not cover 
all award terms that may be needed on financial assistance awards 
funded directly or assisted by the Federal Government under the 
Recovery Act. The focus of this guidance is on implementing Recovery 
Act provisions that may require greater clarification in order to 
foster consistent application across the Federal Government. Under the 
interim final guidance, agencies would use the standard award terms in 
their financial assistance awards to require recipients and 
subrecipients (first-tier that are not individuals) to maintain current 
registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) database; to 
require recipients to report quarterly on project or activity status, 
subgrant and subcontract information; to notify recipients of the 
domestic sourcing (``Buy American'') requirements that apply to certain 
iron, steel and manufactured goods; to notify recipients of the wage 
rate requirements that apply to certain projects; and to ensure proper 
accounting and reporting of Recovery Act expenditures in single audits.

DATES: This document is effective April 23, 2009. To be considered in 
preparation of the final guidance, comments on the interim final 
guidance must be received by no later than June 22, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Due to potential delays in OMB's receipt and processing of 
mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service, we encourage respondents to 
submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot 
guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment 
closing date.
    Comments may be sent to via http://www.regulations.gov--a Federal 
E-Government Web site that allows the public to find, review, and 
submit comments on documents that agencies have published in the 
Federal Register and that are open for comment. Simply type ``Recovery 
Act Guidance'' (in quotes) in the Comment or Submission search box, 
click Go, and follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments 
received by the date specified above will be included as part of the 
official record.
    Electronic mail comments may also be submitted to: Marguerite 
Pridgen at mpridgen@omb.eop.gov. Please include ``Recovery Act 
Guidance'' in the subject line and the full body of your comments in 
the text of the electronic message and not as an attachment. Please 
include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone 
number, and e-mail address in the text of the message. Comments may 
also be submitted via facsimile to (202) 395-3952.
    Comments may be mailed to Marguerite Pridgen, Office of Federal 
Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, Room 6025, New 
Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503.
    All responses will be summarized and included in the request for 
OMB approval.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marguerite Pridgen, Office of Federal 
Financial Management, Office of Management and Budget, telephone (202) 
395-7844 (direct) or (202) 395-3993 (main office) and e-mail: 
Marguerite_E._Pridgen@omb.eop.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    A. Section 1512(c) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 
2009 (Pub. L. 111-5, hereafter referred to as ``the Recovery Act'' or 
``the Act'') requires, as a condition of receipt of funds, quarterly 
reporting on the use of funds. The data elements proposed for reporting 
the information described in section 1512(c) were published in the 
Federal Register on April 1, 2009 [74 FR 14824]. An entity that 
receives assistance funding under the Recovery Act must report 
information including, but not limited to,
    i. The total amount of recovery funds received from that agency;
    ii. The amount of recovery funds received that were expended or 
obligated to projects or activities; and
    iii. A detailed list of all projects or activities for which 
recovery funds were expended or obligated, including--
    1. The name of the project or activity;
    2. A description of the project or activity;
    3. An evaluation of the completion status of the project or 
activity;
    4. An estimate of the number of jobs created and the number of jobs 
retained by the project or activity; and
    5. For infrastructure investments made by State and local 
governments, the purpose, total cost, and rationale of the agency for 
funding the infrastructure investment with funds made available under 
this Act, and name of the person to contact at the agency if there are 
concerns with the infrastructure investment.
    iv. Detailed information on any subcontracts or subgrants awarded 
by the recipient to include the data elements required to comply with 
the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as 
amended (Pub. L. 109-282, hereafter referred to as ``the Transparency 
Act''), allowing aggregate reporting on awards below $25,000 or to 
individuals, as prescribed by the Director of the Office of Management 
and Budget. The Transparency Act identifies specific data elements that 
the Web site (USAspending.gov) must include for each Federal award and 
authorizes OMB to specify additional elements for other relevant 
information. A 2008 amendment to the Transparency Act called the 
``Government Funding Transparency Act of 2008'' (Pub. L. 110-252) added 
a requirement to collect

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compensation information on certain chief executive officers (CEOs) of 
the recipient and subrecipient entity. An entity that receives 
assistance funding under the Recovery Act must report information 
required under the Transparency Act including, but not limited to,
    1. The name of the entity receiving the award;
    2. The amount of the award;
    3. The transaction type;
    4. The funding agency;
    5. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number;
    6. The program source;
    7. The location of the entity receiving the award, including four 
data elements for the city, State, Congressional district, and country;
    8. The location of the primary place of performance under the 
award, including four data elements for the city, State, Congressional 
district, and country;
    9. A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award;
    10. A unique identifier of the parent entity of the recipient, 
should the recipient be owned by another entity; and
    11. The names and total compensation of the five most highly 
compensated officers of the company if it received (1) 80% or more of 
its annual gross revenues in Federal awards; and (2) $25M or more in 
annual gross revenue from Federal awards.
    B. Section 1512(h) of the Recovery Act requires recipients of 
Recovery Act funds, including those receiving funds directly from the 
Federal Government, to register in the Central Contractor Registration 
(CCR) database at http://www.ccr.gov. Because recipients must report 
information on their first-tier contracts and awards, 2 CFR part 176 
would establish a requirement for subrecipient registration in the CCR 
as a way to help ensure consistent reporting of data about each entity 
and thereby make the data more useful to the public. Without the 
requirement, multiple recipients doing business with the same entity 
may use different variations of the entity's name, address, or parent 
organization when they each report on their awards to the entity. It 
should be noted that in order to register in CCR, a valid Data 
Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number is required.
    C. Section 1605 of the Recovery Act requires that projects, funded 
by the Recovery Act, for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or 
repair of a public building or public work use American iron, steel, 
and manufactured goods in the project unless one of the specified 
exemptions applies. The Act provides that this requirement be applied 
in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under international 
agreements. Definitions of ``manufactured good,'' ``public building and 
public work,'' and other terms as they pertain to the Buy American 
guidance in 2 CFR part 176 are found in Sec.  176.140 and Sec.  
176.160.
    D. Section 1606 of the Recovery Act requires the payment of Davis-
Bacon Act (40 U.S.C. 31) wage rates to ``laborers and mechanics 
employed by contractors and subcontractors on projects funded directly 
by or assisted in whole or in part by and through the Federal 
Government'' pursuant to the Recovery Act.
    E. To maximize the transparency and accountability of funds 
authorized under the Recovery Act as required by Congress and in 
accordance with 2 CFR 215.21, ``Uniform Administrative Requirements for 
Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, 
and other Non-Profit Organizations'' and OMB Circular A-102 Common 
Rules provisions, recipients agree to maintain records that identify 
adequately the source and application of Recovery Act funds. Guidance 
and an award term are provided in part 176 to help ensure that 
recipients understand their responsibilities with respect to tracking, 
accounting and reporting transactions during the award and in preparing 
audit documentation and reports in accordance with OMB Circular A-133, 
if applicable.

II. Next Steps

    We will consider all comments received on the interim final version 
of the OMB guidance as we develop the final guidance. Federal agencies 
that award grants, cooperative agreements, and other financial 
assistance awards will immediately implement this interim final 
guidance through the appropriate award terms. The award terms on awards 
made while this interim final version of this guidance is in effect do 
not need to be modified to reflect any modified award terms in the 
final guidance unless specifically required in the final guidance.

List of Subjects in 2 CFR Part 176

    Assistance awards, Authorized agency action official, Award 
officials, Buy American, Classified, Davis-Bacon Act, Grants, 
Cooperative agreements, Loans, Recovery Act, Wage rate.

Danny Werfel,
Deputy Controller.

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For the reasons set forth above, the Office of Management and Budget 
amends 2 CFR chapter I by adding part 176 to read as follows:

PART 176--AWARD TERMS FOR ASSISTANCE AGREEMENTS THAT INCLUDE FUNDS 
UNDER THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009, PUBLIC 
LAW 111-5

Sec.
176.10 Purpose of this part.
176.20 Agency responsibilities (general).
176.30 Definitions.
Subpart A--Reporting and Registration Requirements under Section 1512 
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
176.40 Procedure.
176.50 Award term--Reporting and registration requirements under 
section 1512 of the Recovery Act.
Subpart B--Buy American Requirement Under Section 1605 of the American 
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
176.60 Statutory requirement.
176.70 Policy.
176.80 Exceptions.
176.90 Non-application to acquisitions covered under international 
agreements.
176.100 Timely determination concerning the inapplicability of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act.
176.110 Evaluating proposals of foreign iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods.
176.120 Determinations on late requests.
176.130 Noncompliance.
176.140 Award term--Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods--Section 1605 of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009.
176.150 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods--Section 1605 of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009.
176.160 Award term--Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)--Section 
1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
176.170 Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)--Section 
1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Appendix to Subpart B of Part 176--U.S. States, Other Sub-Federal 
Entities, and Other Entities Subject to U.S. Obligations Under 
International Agreements

Subpart C--Wage Rate Requirements Under Section 1606 of the American 
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
176.180 Procedure.

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176.190 Award term--Wage Rate Requirements under Section 1606 of the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Subpart D--Single Audit Information for Recipients of Recovery Act 
Funds
176.200 Procedure.
176.210 Award term--Recovery Act Transactions listed in Schedule of 
Expenditures of Federal Awards and Recipient Responsibilities for 
Informing Subrecipients.

    Authority: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 
Public Law 111-5; Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency 
Act of 2006, (Pub. L. 109-282), as amended.


Sec.  176.10   Purpose of this part.

    This part establishes Federal Governmentwide award terms for 
financial assistance awards, namely, grants, cooperative agreements, 
and loans, to implement the cross-cutting requirements of the American 
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5 (Recovery Act). 
These requirements are cross-cutting in that they apply to more than 
one agency's awards.


Sec.  176.20   Agency responsibilities (general).

    (a) In any assistance award funded in whole or in part by the 
Recovery Act, the award official shall indicate that the award is being 
made under the Recovery Act, and indicate what projects and/or 
activities are being funded under the Recovery Act. This requirement 
applies whenever Recovery Act funds are used, regardless of the 
assistance type.
    (b) To maximize transparency of Recovery Act funds required for 
reporting by the assistance recipient, the award official shall 
consider structuring assistance awards to allow for separately tracking 
Recovery Act funds.
    (c) Award officials shall ensure that recipients comply with the 
Recovery Act requirements of Subpart A. If the recipient fails to 
comply with the reporting requirements or other award terms, the award 
official or other authorized agency action official shall take the 
appropriate enforcement or termination action in accordance with 2 CFR 
215.62 or the agency's implementation of the OMB Circular A-102 grants 
management common rule. OMB Circular A-102 is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/a102/a102.html.
    (d) The award official shall make the recipient's failure to comply 
with the reporting requirements a part of the recipient's performance 
record.


Sec.  176.30   Definitions.

    As used in this part--
    Award means any grant, cooperative agreement or loan made with 
Recovery Act funds. Award official means a person with the authority to 
enter into, administer, and/or terminate financial assistance awards 
and make related determinations and findings.
    Classified or ``classified information'' means any knowledge that 
can be communicated or any documentary material, regardless of its 
physical form or characteristics, that--
    (1)(i) Is owned by, is produced by or for, or is under the control 
of the United States Government; or
    (ii) Has been classified by the Department of Energy as privately 
generated restricted data following the procedures in 10 CFR 1045.21; 
and
    (2) Must be protected against unauthorized disclosure according to 
Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, April 
17, 1995, or classified in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 
1954.
    Recipient means any entity other than an individual that receives 
Recovery Act funds in the form of a grant, cooperative agreement or 
loan directly from the Federal Government.
    Recovery funds or Recovery Act funds are funds made available 
through the appropriations of the American Recovery and Reinvestment 
Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
    Subaward means--
    (1) A legal instrument to provide support for the performance of 
any portion of the substantive project or program for which the 
recipient received this award and that the recipient awards to an 
eligible subrecipient;
    (2) The term does not include the recipient's procurement of 
property and services needed to carry out the project or program (for 
further explanation, see Sec. ----.210 of the attachment to OMB 
Circular A-133, ``Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 
Organizations''). OMB Circular A-133 is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/circulars/a133/a133.html.
    (3) A subaward may be provided through any legal agreement, 
including an agreement that the recipient or a subrecipient considers a 
contract.
    Subcontract means a legal instrument used by a recipient for 
procurement of property and services needed to carry out the project or 
program.
    Subrecipient or Subawardee means a non-Federal entity that expends 
Federal awards received from a pass-through entity to carry out a 
Federal program, but does not include an individual that is a 
beneficiary of such a program. A subrecipient may also be a recipient 
of other Federal awards directly from a Federal awarding agency. 
Guidance on distinguishing between a subrecipient and a vendor is 
provided in Sec. ----.210 of OMB Circular A-133.

Subpart A--Reporting and Registration Requirements Under Section 
1512 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


Sec.  176.40   Procedure.

    The award official shall insert the standard award term in this 
Subpart in all awards funded in whole or in part with Recovery Act 
funds, except for those that are classified, awarded to individuals, or 
awarded under mandatory and entitlement programs, except as 
specifically required by OMB, or expressly exempted from the reporting 
requirement in the Recovery Act.


Sec.  176.50   Award term--Reporting and registration requirements 
under section 1512 of the Recovery Act.

    Agencies are responsible for ensuring that their recipients report 
information required under the Recovery Act in a timely manner. The 
following award term shall be used by agencies to implement the 
recipient reporting and registration requirements in section 1512:
    (a) This award requires the recipient to complete projects or 
activities which are funded under the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and to report on use of 
Recovery Act funds provided through this award. Information from these 
reports will be made available to the public.
    (b) The reports are due no later than ten calendar days after each 
calendar quarter in which the recipient receives the assistance award 
funded in whole or in part by the Recovery Act.
    (c) Recipients and their first-tier recipients must maintain 
current registrations in the Central Contractor Registration (http://www.ccr.gov) at all times during which they have active federal awards 
funded with Recovery Act funds. A Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) Number (http://www.dnb.com) is one of the 
requirements for registration in the Central Contractor Registration.
    (d) The recipient shall report the information described in section 
1512(c) of the Recovery Act using the reporting instructions and data 
elements that will be provided online at http://www.FederalReporting.gov and ensure that any information that is pre-
filled is corrected or updated as needed.

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Subpart B--Buy American Requirement Under Section 1605 of the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009


Sec.  176.60  Statutory requirement.

    Section 1605 of the Recovery Act prohibits use of recovery funds 
for a project for the construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair 
of a public building or public work unless all of the iron, steel, and 
manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the United 
States. The law requires that this prohibition be applied in a manner 
consistent with U.S. obligations under international agreements, and it 
provides for waiver under three circumstances:
    (a) Iron, steel, or relevant manufactured goods are not produced in 
the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and 
of a satisfactory quality;
    (b) Inclusion of iron, steel, or manufactured goods produced in the 
United States will increase the cost of the overall project by more 
than 25 percent; or
    (c) Applying the domestic preference would be inconsistent with the 
public interest.


Sec.  176.70   Policy.

    Except as provided in Sec.  176.80 or Sec.  176.90--
    (a) None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available by 
the Recovery Act may be used for a project for the construction, 
alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work 
(see definitions at Sec. Sec.  176.140 and 176.160) unless--
    (1) The public building or public work is located in the United 
States; and
    (2) All of the iron, steel, and manufactured goods used in the 
project are produced or manufactured in the United States.
    (i) Production in the United States of the iron or steel used in 
the project requires that all manufacturing processes must take place 
in the United States, except metallurgical processes involving 
refinement of steel additives. These requirements do not apply to iron 
or steel used as components or subcomponents of manufactured goods used 
in the project.
    (ii) There is no requirement with regard to the origin of 
components or subcomponents in manufactured goods used in the project, 
as long as the manufacturing occurs in the United States.
    (b) Paragraph (a) of this section shall not apply where the 
Recovery Act requires the application of alternative Buy American 
requirements for iron, steel, and manufactured goods.


Sec.  176.80   Exceptions.

    (a) When one of the following exceptions applies in a case or 
category of cases, the award official may allow the recipient to use 
foreign iron, steel and/or manufactured goods in the project without 
regard to the restrictions of section 1605 of the Recovery Act:
    (1) Nonavailability. The head of the Federal department or agency 
may determine that the iron, steel or relevant manufactured good is not 
produced or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and 
reasonably available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality. 
The determinations of nonavailability of the articles listed at 48 CFR 
25.104(a) and the procedures at 48 CFR 25.103(b)(1) also apply if any 
of those articles are manufactured goods needed in the project.
    (2) Unreasonable cost. The head of the Federal department or agency 
may determine that the cost of domestic iron, steel, or relevant 
manufactured goods will increase the cost of the overall project by 
more than 25 percent in accordance with Sec.  176.110.
    (3) Inconsistent with public interest. The head of the Federal 
department or agency may determine that application of the restrictions 
of section 1605 of the Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the 
public interest.
    (b) When a determination is made for any of the reasons stated in 
this section that certain foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured 
goods may be used--
    (1) The award official shall list the excepted materials in the 
award; and
    (2) The head of the Federal department or agency shall publish a 
notice in the Federal Register within two weeks after the determination 
is made, unless the item has already been determined to be domestically 
nonavailable. A list of items that are not domestically available is at 
48 CFR 25.104(a). The Federal Register notice or information from the 
notice may be posted by OMB to Recovery.gov. The notice shall include--
    (i) The title ``Buy American Exception under the American Recovery 
and Reinvestment Act of 2009'';
    (ii) The dollar value and brief description of the project; and
    (iii) A detailed written justification as to why the restriction is 
being waived.


Sec.  176.90  Non-application to acquisitions covered under 
international agreements.

    Acquisitions covered by international agreements. Section 1605(d) 
of the Recovery Act provides that the Buy American requirement in 
section 1605 shall be applied in a manner consistent with U.S. 
obligations under international agreements.
    (a) The Buy American requirement set out in Sec.  176.70 shall not 
be applied where the iron, steel, or manufactured goods used in the 
project are from a Party to an international agreement, listed in 
paragraph (b)(2) of this section, and the recipient is required under 
an international agreement, described in the appendix to this subpart, 
to treat the goods and services of that Party the same as domestic 
goods and services. This obligation shall only apply to projects with 
an estimated value of $7,443,000 or more and projects that are not 
specifically excluded from the application of those agreements.
    (b) The international agreements that obligate recipients that are 
covered under an international agreement to treat the goods and 
services of a Party the same as domestic goods and services and the 
respective Parties to the agreements are:
    (1) The World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement 
(Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, 
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, 
Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, 
Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, 
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, 
Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom);
    (2) The following Free Trade Agreements:
    (i) Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade 
Agreement (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, 
Honduras, Nicaragua);
    (ii) North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) (Canada and 
Mexico);
    (iii) United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement;
    (iv) United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement;
    (v) United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement;
    (vi) United States-Israel Free Trade Agreement;
    (vii) United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement;
    (viii) United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement;
    (ix) United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement; and
    (x) United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement.
    (3) United States-European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 15, 
1995): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark,

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Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, 
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, 
Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.


Sec.  176.100  Timely determination concerning the inapplicability of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act.

    (a) The head of the Federal department or agency involved may make 
a determination regarding inapplicability of section 1605 to a 
particular case or to a category of cases.
    (b) Before Recovery Act funds are awarded by the Federal agency or 
obligated by the recipient for a project for the construction, 
alteration, maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work, 
an applicant or recipient may request from the award official a 
determination concerning the inapplicability of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act for specifically identified items.
    (c) The time for submitting the request and the information and 
supporting data that must be included in the request are to be 
specified in the agency's and recipient's request for applications and/
or proposals, and as appropriate, in other written communications. The 
content of those communications should be consistent with the notice in 
Sec.  176.150 or Sec.  176.170, whichever applies.
    (d) The award official must evaluate all requests based on the 
information provided and may supplement this information with other 
readily available information.
    (e) In making a determination based on the increased cost to the 
project of using domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, the 
award official must compare the total estimated cost of the project 
using foreign iron, steel and/or relevant manufactured goods to the 
estimated cost if all domestic iron, steel, and/or relevant 
manufactured goods were used. If use of domestic iron, steel, and/or 
relevant manufactured goods would increase the cost of the overall 
project by more than 25 percent, then the award official shall 
determine that the cost of the domestic iron, steel, and/or relevant 
manufactured goods is unreasonable.


Sec.  176.110  Evaluating proposals of foreign iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods.

    (a) If the award official receives a request for an exception based 
on the cost of certain domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods 
being unreasonable, in accordance with Sec.  176.80, then the award 
official shall apply evaluation factors to the proposal to use such 
foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods as follows:
    (1) Use an evaluation factor of 25 percent, applied to the total 
estimated cost of the project, if the foreign iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods are to be used in the project based on an exception 
for unreasonable cost requested by the applicant.
    (2) Total evaluated cost = project cost estimate + (.25 x project 
cost estimate, if paragraph (a)(1) of this section applies).
    (b) Applicants or recipients also may submit alternate proposals 
based on use of equivalent domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured 
goods to avoid possible denial of Recovery Act funding for the proposal 
if the Federal Government determines that an exception permitting use 
of the foreign item(s) does not apply.
    (c) If the award official makes an award to an applicant that 
proposed foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods not listed in 
the applicable notice in the request for applications or proposals, 
then the award official must add the excepted materials to the list in 
the award term.


Sec.  176.120  Determinations on late requests.

    (a) If a recipient requests a determination regarding the 
inapplicability of section 1605 of the Recovery Act after obligating 
Recovery Act funds for a project for construction, alteration, 
maintenance, or repair (late request), the recipient must explain why 
it could not request the determination before making the obligation or 
why the need for such determination otherwise was not reasonably 
foreseeable. If the award official concludes that the recipient should 
have made the request before making the obligation, the award official 
may deny the request.
    (b) The award official must base evaluation of any late request for 
a determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act on information required by Sec.  176.150(c) and (d) or 
Sec.  176.170(c) and (d) and/or other readily available information.
    (c) If a determination, under Sec.  176.80 is made after Recovery 
Act funds were obligated for a project for construction, alteration, 
maintenance, or repair that an exception to section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act applies, the award official must amend the award to allow 
use of the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. 
When the basis of the exception is nonavailability or public interest, 
the amended award shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, 
redistribution of budgeted funds, and/or other appropriate actions 
taken to cover costs associated with acquiring or using the foreign 
iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods. When the basis for the 
exception is the unreasonable cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods the award official shall adjust the award amount or 
the budget, as appropriate, by at least the differential established in 
Sec.  176.110(a).


Sec.  176.130  Noncompliance.

    The award official must--
    (a) Review allegations of violations of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act;
    (b) Unless fraud is suspected, notify the recipient of the apparent 
unauthorized use of foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods and 
request a reply, to include proposed corrective action; and
    (c) If the review reveals that a recipient or subrecipient has used 
foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods without authorization, 
take appropriate action, including one or more of the following:
    (1) Process a determination concerning the inapplicability of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act in accordance with Sec.  176.120.
    (2) Consider requiring the removal and replacement of the 
unauthorized foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods.
    (3) If removal and replacement of foreign iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods used in a public building or a public work would be 
impracticable, cause undue delay, or otherwise be detrimental to the 
interests of the Federal Government, the award official may determine 
in writing that the foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods need 
not be removed and replaced. A determination to retain foreign iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods does not constitute a determination 
that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, and this 
should be stated in the determination. Further, a determination to 
retain foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods does not affect 
the Federal Government's right to reduce the amount of the award by the 
cost of the steel, iron, or manufactured goods that are used in the 
project or to take enforcement or termination action in accordance with 
the agency's grants management regulations.
    (4) If the noncompliance is sufficiently serious, consider 
exercising appropriate remedies, such as withholding cash payments 
pending correction of the deficiency, suspending or terminating the 
award, and withholding further awards for the project. Also consider 
preparing and

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forwarding a report to the agency suspending or debarring official in 
accordance with the agency's debarment rule implementing 2 CFR part 
180. If the noncompliance appears to be fraudulent, refer the matter to 
other appropriate agency officials, such as the officer responsible for 
criminal investigation.


Sec.  176.140  Award term--Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods--Section 1605 of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    When awarding Recovery Act funds for construction, alteration, 
maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work that does 
not involve iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods covered under 
international agreements, the agency shall use the award term described 
in the following paragraphs:
    (a) Definitions. As used in this award term and condition--
    (1) Manufactured good means a good brought to the construction site 
for incorporation into the building or work that has been--
    (i) Processed into a specific form and shape; or
    (ii) Combined with other raw material to create a material that has 
different properties than the properties of the individual raw 
materials.
    (2) Public building and public work means a public building of, and 
a public work of, a governmental entity (the United States; the 
District of Columbia; commonwealths, territories, and minor outlying 
islands of the United States; State and local governments; and multi-
State, regional, or interstate entities which have governmental 
functions). These buildings and works may include, without limitation, 
bridges, dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, subways, tunnels, 
sewers, mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, 
railways, airports, terminals, docks, piers, wharves, ways, 
lighthouses, buoys, jetties, breakwaters, levees, and canals, and the 
construction, alteration, maintenance, or repair of such buildings and 
works.
    (3) Steel means an alloy that includes at least 50 percent iron, 
between .02 and 2 percent carbon, and may include other elements.
    (b) Domestic preference. (1) This award term and condition 
implements Section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
of 2009 (Recovery Act) (Pub. L. 111-5), by requiring that all iron, 
steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the 
United States except as provided in paragraph (b)(3) and (b)(4) of this 
section and condition.
    (2) This requirement does not apply to the material listed by the 
Federal Government as follows:
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    [Award official to list applicable excepted materials or indicate 
``none'']
    (3) The award official may add other iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods to the list in paragraph (b)(2) of this section and 
condition if the Federal Government determines that--
    (i) The cost of the domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods 
would be unreasonable. The cost of domestic iron, steel, or 
manufactured goods used in the project is unreasonable when the 
cumulative cost of such material will increase the cost of the overall 
project by more than 25 percent;
    (ii) The iron, steel, and/or manufactured good is not produced, or 
manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably 
available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or
    (iii) The application of the restriction of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the public interest.
    (c) Request for determination of inapplicability of Section 1605 of 
the Recovery Act. (1)(i) Any recipient request to use foreign iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods in accordance with paragraph (b)(3) of 
this section shall include adequate information for Federal Government 
evaluation of the request, including--
    (A) A description of the foreign and domestic iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods;
    (B) Unit of measure;
    (C) Quantity;
    (D) Cost;
    (E) Time of delivery or availability;
    (F) Location of the project;
    (G) Name and address of the proposed supplier; and
    (H) A detailed justification of the reason for use of foreign iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods cited in accordance with paragraph 
(b)(3) of this section.
    (ii) A request based on unreasonable cost shall include a 
reasonable survey of the market and a completed cost comparison table 
in the format in paragraph (d) of this section.
    (iii) The cost of iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods material 
shall include all delivery costs to the construction site and any 
applicable duty.
    (iv) Any recipient request for a determination submitted after 
Recovery Act funds have been obligated for a project for construction, 
alteration, maintenance, or repair shall explain why the recipient 
could not reasonably foresee the need for such determination and could 
not have requested the determination before the funds were obligated. 
If the recipient does not submit a satisfactory explanation, the award 
official need not make a determination.
    (2) If the Federal Government determines after funds have been 
obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or 
repair that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, 
the award official will amend the award to allow use of the foreign 
iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis for the 
exception is nonavailability or public interest, the amended award 
shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, redistribution of 
budgeted funds, and/or other actions taken to cover costs associated 
with acquiring or using the foreign iron, steel, and/or relevant 
manufactured goods. When the basis for the exception is the 
unreasonable cost of the domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods, 
the award official shall adjust the award amount or redistribute 
budgeted funds by at least the differential established in 2 CFR 
176.110(a).
    (3) Unless the Federal Government determines that an exception to 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, use of foreign iron, steel, 
and/or manufactured goods is noncompliant with section 1605 of the 
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    (d) Data. To permit evaluation of requests under paragraph (b) of 
this section based on unreasonable cost, the Recipient shall include 
the following information and any applicable supporting data based on 
the survey of suppliers:

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               Foreign and Domestic Items Cost Comparison
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                   Unit of                      Cost
          Description              measure      Quantity     (dollars)*
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Item 1:
    Foreign steel, iron, or     ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
    Domestic steel, iron, or    ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
Item 2:
    Foreign steel, iron, or     ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
    Domestic steel, iron, or    ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
------------------------------------------------------------------------
[List name, address, telephone number, email address, and contact for
  suppliers surveyed. Attach copy of response; if oral, attach summary.]
[Include other applicable supporting information.]
[*Include all delivery costs to the construction site.]

Sec.  176.150  Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods--Section 1605 of the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    When requesting applications or proposals for Recovery Act programs 
or activities that may involve construction, alteration, maintenance, 
or repair of a public building or public work, and do not involve iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods covered under international 
agreements, the agency shall use the notice described in the following 
paragraphs in their solicitations:
    (a) Definitions. Manufactured good, public building and public 
work, and steel, as used in this notice, are defined in the 2 CFR 
176.140.
    (b) Requests for determinations of inapplicability. A prospective 
applicant requesting a determination regarding the inapplicability of 
section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
(Pub. L. 111-5) (Recovery Act) should submit the request to the award 
official in time to allow a determination before submission of 
applications or proposals. The prospective applicant shall include the 
information and applicable supporting data required by paragraphs at 2 
CFR 176.140(c) and (d) in the request. If an applicant has not 
requested a determination regarding the inapplicability of 1605 of the 
Recovery Act before submitting its application or proposal, or has not 
received a response to a previous request, the applicant shall include 
the information and supporting data in the application or proposal.
    (c) Evaluation of project proposals. If the Federal Government 
determines that an exception based on unreasonable cost of domestic 
iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods applies, the Federal Government 
will evaluate a project requesting exception to the requirements of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act by adding to the estimated total cost 
of the project 25 percent of the project cost, if foreign iron, steel, 
or manufactured goods are used in the project based on unreasonable 
cost of comparable manufactured domestic iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods.
    (d) Alternate project proposals. (1) When a project proposal 
includes foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods not listed by 
the Federal Government at 2 CFR 176.140(b)(2), the applicant also may 
submit an alternate proposal based on use of equivalent domestic iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods.
    (2) If an alternate proposal is submitted, the applicant shall 
submit a separate cost comparison table prepared in accordance with 2 
CFR 176.140(c) and (d) for the proposal that is based on the use of any 
foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods for which the Federal 
Government has not yet determined an exception applies.
    (3) If the Federal Government determines that a particular 
exception requested in accordance with 2 CFR 176.140(b) does not apply, 
the Federal Government will evaluate only those proposals based on use 
of the equivalent domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, and 
the applicant shall be required to furnish such domestic items.


Sec.  176.160  Award term--Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)--Section 
1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    When awarding Recovery Act funds for construction, alteration, 
maintenance, or repair of a public building or public work that 
involves iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods materials covered under 
international agreements, the agency shall use the award term described 
in the following paragraphs:
    (a) Definitions. As used in this award term and condition--
    Designated country--(1) A World Trade Organization Government 
Procurement Agreement country (Aruba, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, 
Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, 
Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, 
Japan, Korea (Republic of), Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, 
Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, 
Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and 
United Kingdom;
    (2) A Free Trade Agreement (FTA) country (Australia, Bahrain, 
Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, 
Honduras, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Peru, or 
Singapore); or
    (3) A United States-European Communities Exchange of Letters (May 
15, 1995) country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, 
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, 
Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, 
Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United 
Kingdom.
    Designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods--(1) Is 
wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of a designated country; or
    (2) In the case of a manufactured good that consist in whole or in 
part of materials from another country, has been substantially 
transformed in a designated country into a new and different 
manufactured good distinct from the materials from which it was 
transformed.
    Domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured good--(1) Is wholly the 
growth, product, or manufacture of the United States; or
    (2) In the case of a manufactured good that consists in whole or in 
part of materials from another country, has been substantially 
transformed in the United States into a new and different manufactured 
good distinct from the materials from which it was transformed. There 
is no requirement with regard to the origin of components or 
subcomponents in manufactured goods or products, as long as the 
manufacture of the goods occurs in the United States.
    Foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured good means iron, steel

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and/or manufactured good that is not domestic or designated country 
iron, steel, and/or manufactured good.
    Manufactured good means a good brought to the construction site for 
incorporation into the building or work that has been--
    (1) Processed into a specific form and shape; or
    (2) Combined with other raw material to create a material that has 
different properties than the properties of the individual raw 
materials.
    Public building and public work means a public building of, and a 
public work of, a governmental entity (the United States; the District 
of Columbia; commonwealths, territories, and minor outlying islands of 
the United States; State and local governments; and multi-State, 
regional, or interstate entities which have governmental functions). 
These buildings and works may include, without limitation, bridges, 
dams, plants, highways, parkways, streets, subways, tunnels, sewers, 
mains, power lines, pumping stations, heavy generators, railways, 
airports, terminals, docks, piers, wharves, ways, lighthouses, buoys, 
jetties, breakwaters, levees, and canals, and the construction, 
alteration, maintenance, or repair of such buildings and works.
    Steel means an alloy that includes at least 50 percent iron, 
between .02 and 2 percent carbon, and may include other elements.
    (b) Iron, steel, and manufactured goods. (1) The award term and 
condition described in this section implements--
    (i) Section 1605(a) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5) (Recovery Act), by requiring that all iron, 
steel, and manufactured goods used in the project are produced in the 
United States; and
    (ii) Section 1605(d), which requires application of the Buy 
American requirement in a manner consistent with U.S. obligations under 
international agreements. The restrictions of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act do not apply to designated country iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods. The Buy American requirement in section 1605 shall 
not be applied where the iron, steel or manufactured goods used in the 
project are from a Party to an international agreement that obligates 
the recipient to treat the goods and services of that Party the same as 
domestic goods and services. This obligation shall only apply to 
projects with an estimated value of $7,443,000 or more.
    (2) The recipient shall use only domestic or designated country 
iron, steel, and manufactured goods in performing the work funded in 
whole or part with this award, except as provided in paragraphs (b)(3) 
and (b)(4) of this section.
    (3) The requirement in paragraph (b)(2) of this section does not 
apply to the iron, steel, and manufactured goods listed by the Federal 
Government as follows:
-----------------------------------------------------------------------

    [Award official to list applicable excepted materials or indicate 
``none'']

    (4) The award official may add other iron, steel, and manufactured 
goods to the list in paragraph (b)(3) of this section if the Federal 
Government determines that--
    (i) The cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods 
would be unreasonable. The cost of domestic iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods used in the project is unreasonable when the 
cumulative cost of such material will increase the overall cost of the 
project by more than 25 percent;
    (ii) The iron, steel, and/or manufactured good is not produced, or 
manufactured in the United States in sufficient and reasonably 
available commercial quantities of a satisfactory quality; or
    (iii) The application of the restriction of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act would be inconsistent with the public interest.
    (c) Request for determination of inapplicability of section 1605 of 
the Recovery Act or the Buy American Act. (1)(i) Any recipient request 
to use foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods in accordance 
with paragraph (b)(4) of this section shall include adequate 
information for Federal Government evaluation of the request, 
including--
    (A) A description of the foreign and domestic iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods;
    (B) Unit of measure;
    (C) Quantity;
    (D) Cost;
    (E) Time of delivery or availability;
    (F) Location of the project;
    (G) Name and address of the proposed supplier; and
    (H) A detailed justification of the reason for use of foreign iron, 
steel, and/or manufactured goods cited in accordance with paragraph 
(b)(4) of this section.
    (ii) A request based on unreasonable cost shall include a 
reasonable survey of the market and a completed cost comparison table 
in the format in paragraph (d) of this section.
    (iii) The cost of iron, steel, or manufactured goods shall include 
all delivery costs to the construction site and any applicable duty.
    (iv) Any recipient request for a determination submitted after 
Recovery Act funds have been obligated for a project for construction, 
alteration, maintenance, or repair shall explain why the recipient 
could not reasonably foresee the need for such determination and could 
not have requested the determination before the funds were obligated. 
If the recipient does not submit a satisfactory explanation, the award 
official need not make a determination.
    (2) If the Federal Government determines after funds have been 
obligated for a project for construction, alteration, maintenance, or 
repair that an exception to section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, 
the award official will amend the award to allow use of the foreign 
iron, steel, and/or relevant manufactured goods. When the basis for the 
exception is nonavailability or public interest, the amended award 
shall reflect adjustment of the award amount, redistribution of 
budgeted funds, and/or other appropriate actions taken to cover costs 
associated with acquiring or using the foreign iron, steel, and/or 
relevant manufactured goods.. When the basis for the exception is the 
unreasonable cost of the domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods, 
the award official shall adjust the award amount or redistribute 
budgeted funds, as appropriate, by at least the differential 
established in 2 CFR 176.110(a).
    (3) Unless the Federal Government determines that an exception to 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act applies, use of foreign iron, steel, 
and/or manufactured goods other than designated country iron, steel, 
and/or manufactured goods is noncompliant with the applicable Act.
    (d) Data. To permit evaluation of requests under paragraph (b) of 
this section based on unreasonable cost, the applicant shall include 
the following information and any applicable supporting data based on 
the survey of suppliers:

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               Foreign and Domestic Items Cost Comparison
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                                   Unit of                      Cost
          Description              measure      Quantity     (dollars)*
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Item 1:
    Foreign steel, iron, or     ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
    Domestic steel, iron, or    ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
Item 2:
    Foreign steel, iron, or     ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
    Domestic steel, iron, or    ------------  ------------  ------------
     manufactured good........        -----         -----         -----
------------------------------------------------------------------------
[List name, address, telephone number, email address, and contact for
  suppliers surveyed. Attach copy of response; if oral, attach summary.]
[Include other applicable supporting information.]
[*Include all delivery costs to the construction site.]

Sec.  176.170  Notice of Required Use of American Iron, Steel, and 
Manufactured Goods (covered under International Agreements)--Section 
1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    When requesting applications or proposals for Recovery Act programs 
or activities that may involve construction, alteration, maintenance, 
or repair of a public building or public work, and involve iron, steel, 
and/or manufactured goods covered under international agreements, the 
agency shall use the notice described in the following paragraphs in 
the solicitation:
    (a) Definitions. Designated country iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods, foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured good, 
manufactured good, public building and public work, and steel, as used 
in this provision, are defined in 2 CFR 176.160(a).
    (b) Requests for determinations of inapplicability. A prospective 
applicant requesting a determination regarding the inapplicability of 
section 1605 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
(Pub. L. 111-5) (Recovery Act) should submit the request to the award 
official in time to allow a determination before submission of 
applications or proposals. The prospective applicant shall include the 
information and applicable supporting data required by 2 CFR 176.160 
(c) and (d) in the request. If an applicant has not requested a 
determination regarding the inapplicability of section 1605 of the 
Recovery Act before submitting its application or proposal, or has not 
received a response to a previous request, the applicant shall include 
the information and supporting data in the application or proposal.
    (c) Evaluation of project proposals. If the Federal Government 
determines that an exception based on unreasonable cost of domestic 
iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods applies, the Federal Government 
will evaluate a project requesting exception to the requirements of 
section 1605 of the Recovery Act by adding to the estimated total cost 
of the project 25 percent of the project cost if foreign iron, steel, 
or manufactured goods are used based on unreasonable cost of comparable 
domestic iron, steel, or manufactured goods.
    (d) Alternate project proposals. (1) When a project proposal 
includes foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, other than 
designated country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods, that are not 
listed by the Federal Government in this Buy American notice in the 
request for applications or proposals, the applicant may submit an 
alternate proposal based on use of equivalent domestic or designated 
country iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods.
    (2) If an alternate proposal is submitted, the applicant shall 
submit a separate cost comparison table prepared in accordance with 
paragraphs 2 CFR 176.160(c) and (d) for the proposal that is based on 
the use of any foreign iron, steel, and/or manufactured goods for which 
the Federal Government has not yet determined an exception applies.
    (3) If the Federal Government determines that a particular 
exception requested in accordance with 2 CFR 176.160(b) does not apply, 
the Federal Government will evaluate only those proposals based on use 
of the equivalent domestic or designated country iron, steel, and/or 
manufactured goods, and the applicant shall be required to furnish such 
domestic or designated country items.

Appendix to Subpart B of Part 176--U.S. States, Other Sub-Federal 
Entities, and Other Entities Subject to U.S. Obligations Under 
International Agreements

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                                                                                          Relevant international
                States                     Entities covered            Exclusions               agreements
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Arizona..............................  Executive branch         .......................  --WTO GPA (except
                                        agencies.                                         Canada).
                                                                                         --U.S.-Chile FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Singapore FTA.
Arkansas.............................  Executive branch         construction services..  --WTO GPA (except
                                        agencies, including                               Canada).
                                        universities but                                 --DR-CAFTA.
                                        excluding the Office                             --U.S.-Australia FTA.
                                        of Fish and Game.                                --U.S.-Chile FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Morocco FTA.
                                                                                         --US.-Peru TPA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Singapore FTA.
California...........................  Executive branch         .......................  --WTO GPA (except
                                        agencies.                                         Canada).
                                                                                         --U.S.-Australia FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Chile FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Singapore FTA.
Colorado.............................  Executive branch         .......................  --WTO GPA (except
                                        agencies.                                         Canada).
                                                                                         --DR-CAFTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Australia FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Chile FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Morocco FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Peru TPA.

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                                                                                         --U.S.-Singapore FTA.
Connecticut..........................  --Department of          .......................  --WTO GPA (except
                                        Administrative                                    Canada).
                                        Services.                                        --DR-CAFTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Australia FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Chile FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Morocco FTA.
                                                                                         --U.S.-Singapore FTA.
                                       --Department of
                                        Transportation.
                                       --Department of Public
                                        Works.