Buy American Exceptions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, 68859-68860 [E9-30716]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–1862– DR; Docket ID FEMA–2008–0018] Virginia; Major Disaster and Related Determinations AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This is a notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for the Commonwealth of Virginia (FEMA–1862–DR), dated December 9, 2009, and related determinations. DATES: Effective Date: December 9, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Peggy Miller, Disaster Assistance Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–3886. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that, in a letter dated December 9, 2009, the President issued a major disaster declaration under the authority of the Robert T. 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E9–30728 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–23–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5374–N–03] Buy American Exceptions under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, HUD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: In accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111–05, approved February 17, 2009) (Recovery Act), and implementing guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), this notice advises that certain individual exceptions to the Buy American requirement of the Recovery Act have been determined applicable for work using Capital Fund Recovery Formula and Competition (CFRFC) grant funds. Specifically, exceptions were granted to PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68859 the Chicago Housing Authority for the purchase and installation of a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, associated fan coils and rooftop units (RTUs) in the Kenmore Apartments project, and to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, in Nashville, TN, for the purchase and installation of a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system at the Edgefield Manor property. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dominique G. Blom, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Housing Investments, Office of Public Housing Investments, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC, 20410–4000, telephone number 202– 402–8500 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Information Relay Service at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1605(a) of the Recovery Act imposes a ‘‘Buy American’’ requirement on Recovery Act funds used 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. Section 1605(b) provides that the Buy American requirement shall not apply in any case or category in which the head of a Federal department or agency finds that: (1) Applying the Buy American requirement would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality, or (3) inclusion of iron, steel, and manufactured goods will increase the cost of the overall project by more than 25 percent. Section 1605(c) provides that if the head of a Federal department or agency makes a determination pursuant to section 1605(b), the head of the department or agency shall publish a detailed written justification in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 1605(c) of the Recovery Act and OMB’s implementing guidance published on April 23, 2009 (74 FR 18449), this notice advises the public that on the following dates, HUD granted the following two exceptions to the Buy American requirement: 1. Metropolitan Development Housing Agency. On December 10, 2009, upon request of the Metropolitan E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 68860 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 29, 2009 / Notices Development and Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, based on the fact that the relevant manufactured goods (VRV HVAC systems) are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality. 2. Chicago Housing Authority. On December 11, 2009, upon request of the Chicago Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to the applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, using CFRFC grant funds, based on the fact that the relevant manufactured goods (VRF system, fan coils and RTUs) are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality. Dated: December 18, 2009. Sandra B. Henriquez, Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing. [FR Doc. E9–30716 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210–67–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Geological Survey Proposed Information Collection: State Water Resources Research Institute Program Annual Application and Reporting pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: United States Geological Survey (USGS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of a new collection; request for comments. 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The State Water Resources Research Institute Program issues an annual call for applications from the institutes to support plans to promote research, training, information dissemination, and other activities meeting the needs of the States and Nation. The program also encourages regional cooperation among institutes in research into areas of water management, development, and conservation that have a regional or national character. Each of the 54 institutes submits an annual application for an allotment grant and provides an annual report on its activities under the grant. The U.S. Geological Survey has been designated as the administrator of the provisions of the Act. II. Data OMB Control Number: None. This is a new collection. Title: State Water Resources Research Institute Program Annual Application and Reporting. Type of Request: New. Affected Public: The state water resources research institutes authorized by the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, as amended, and listed at http:// water.usgs.gov/wrri/institutes.html. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory (necessary to obtain benefits). Frequency of Collection: Annually. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: We expect to receive 54 applications and award 54 grants per year. Estimated Annual Total Responses: 54. Estimated Time per Response: 160 hours. This includes 80 hours per applicant to prepare and submit the PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 annual application; and 80 hours (total) per grantee to complete the annual reports. Annual Burden Hours: 8,640. III. 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While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done. USGS Information Collection Clearance Officer: Phadrea D. Ponds 970–226–9445. Dated: December 10, 2009. John E. Schefter, Water Resources Research Act Program Coordinator. [FR Doc. E9–30727 Filed 12–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4311–AM–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCAD0000, L14300000.DS0000] Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Tule Wind Project and the Proposed East County Substation Project, San Diego County, CA AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 29, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

[Docket No. FR-5374-N-03]


Buy American Exceptions under the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian 
Housing, HUD.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 
of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-05, approved February 17, 2009) (Recovery Act), 
and implementing guidance of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), 
this notice advises that certain individual exceptions to the Buy 
American requirement of the Recovery Act have been determined 
applicable for work using Capital Fund Recovery Formula and Competition 
(CFRFC) grant funds. Specifically, exceptions were granted to the 
Chicago Housing Authority for the purchase and installation of a 
variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system, associated fan coils and 
rooftop units (RTUs) in the Kenmore Apartments project, and to the 
Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, in Nashville, TN, for the 
purchase and installation of a variable refrigerant volume (VRV) 
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system at the 
Edgefield Manor property.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dominique G. Blom, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Public Housing Investments, Office of Public Housing 
Investments, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing 
and Urban Development, 451 7th Street, SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC, 
20410-4000, telephone number 202-402-8500 (this is not a toll-free 
number). Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this 
number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay 
Service at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1605(a) of the Recovery Act imposes 
a ``Buy American'' requirement on Recovery Act funds used 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. Section 
1605(b) provides that the Buy American requirement shall not apply in 
any case or category in which the head of a Federal department or 
agency finds that: (1) Applying the Buy American requirement would be 
inconsistent with the public interest; (2) iron, steel, and the 
relevant manufactured goods are not produced in the U.S. in sufficient 
and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory quality, or (3) 
inclusion of iron, steel, and manufactured goods will increase the cost 
of the overall project by more than 25 percent. Section 1605(c) 
provides that if the head of a Federal department or agency makes a 
determination pursuant to section 1605(b), the head of the department 
or agency shall publish a detailed written justification in the Federal 
Register.
    In accordance with section 1605(c) of the Recovery Act and OMB's 
implementing guidance published on April 23, 2009 (74 FR 18449), this 
notice advises the public that on the following dates, HUD granted the 
following two exceptions to the Buy American requirement:
    1. Metropolitan Development Housing Agency. On December 10, 2009, 
upon request of the Metropolitan

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Development and Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to 
applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, 
using CFRFC grant funds, based on the fact that the relevant 
manufactured goods (VRV HVAC systems) are not produced in the U.S. in 
sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of satisfactory 
quality.
    2. Chicago Housing Authority. On December 11, 2009, upon request of 
the Chicago Housing Authority, HUD granted an exception to the 
applicability of the Buy American requirements with respect to work, 
using CFRFC grant funds, based on the fact that the relevant 
manufactured goods (VRF system, fan coils and RTUs) are not produced in 
the U.S. in sufficient and reasonably available quantities or of 
satisfactory quality.

    Dated: December 18, 2009.
Sandra B. Henriquez,
Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.
[FR Doc. E9-30716 Filed 12-28-09; 8:45 am]
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