Notice of Buy America Waiver, 74811-74812 [2014-29403]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices Counsel, NHTSA (phone: 202–366– 5263). You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. This notice provides NHTSA’s finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements, 23 U.S.C. 313, is appropriate for TxDOT to purchase of light-up magnifier loupes using grant funds authorized under 23 U.S.C. 405(d) (section 405). Section 405(d) funds are available for use by State highway safety programs to support effective programs to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or the combination of alcohol and drugs, including enforcement efforts. 23 U.S.C. 405(d). Buy America provides that NHTSA ‘‘shall not obligate any funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2097) or [Title 23] and administered by the Department of Transportation, unless steel, iron, and manufactured products used in such project are produced in the United States.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313. However, NHTSA may waive those requirements if ‘‘(1) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313(b). In this instance, NHTSA has determined that a cost waiver is appropriate for the items that TxDOT seeks to purchase using Federal grant funds. TxDOT seeks a waiver to purchase 500 light-up magnifier loupes, with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights (Item SKU:220-Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. These items are not made domestically and retail between $6.25– $7.00 each. The loupes are provided to law enforcement officers that complete training in the Focus on Reducing Impaired Driving Among Youth Program (FRIDAY) and Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Training Program (ADAPT). According to TxDOT, both programs include a unit on the detection of altered and counterfeit identifications used by juveniles who commit alcohol-related crimes. The loupes are small and transportable and aid officers to detect counterfeit driver’s licenses by highlighting and magnifying the microprinting and holograms that are present on a legal state driver’s license. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 According to TxDOT, comparable domestic made loupes cost $31 per unit in small quantities or $20 per unit in bulk quantities, with both prices 25 percent more than the foreign made loupes than those made domestically.1 TxDOT evaluated the place of manufacture for other loupes, but TxDOT was unable to find any domestic made products that met its requirements. NHTSA conducted its own assessment 2 and located one domestic manufacturer of loupes or pocket magnifiers. ElectroOptics Inc. offers lighted pocket magnifiers with a magnification range from 4X to 10X and unlighted jeweler loupes. However, these products do not appear as robust or have the same specifications required for use by TxDOT. Since it appears that loupes that meet the requirements identified by TxDOT for use by its police officers would cost more than 25 percent more than a domestic manufacturer, the Buy America waiver is appropriate. NHTSA invites public comment on this conclusion. In light of the above discussion, and pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 313(b)(3), NHTSA finds that it is appropriate to grant a waiver from the Buy America requirements to TxDOT in order to purchase 500 light-up magnifier loupes, with 15X power lens with ultra violet and LED lights (Item SKU:220-Loupe 4) from Lightgod.com. This waiver applies to Texas and all other States seeking to use section 405(d) funds to purchase light-up magnifier loupes. This waiver will continue through fiscal year 2015 and will allow the purchase of these items as required for TxDOT. Accordingly, this waiver will expire at the conclusion of fiscal year 2015 (September 30, 2015). In accordance with the provisions of Section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–244, 122 Stat. 1572), NHTSA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for 500 light-up magnifier loupes identified above from Lightgod.com. Written comments on this finding may be submitted through any of the methods discussed above. NHTSA may reconsider these findings, if through 1 TxDOT did not identify the manufacturers of the domestic made loupes and NHTSA was unable to locate comparable domestic manufacturers offering loupes with the specifications identified by TxDOT. 2 NHTSA conducted internet searches and reviewed several Web sites that catalog domestic made products: www.usaonly.us; www.americansworking.com; www.madeinamericaforever.com; and www.madeinusa.org. PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74811 comment, it learns of and can confirm the existence of a comparable domestically made product to the items granted a waiver. These findings should not be construed as an endorsement or approval of any products by NHTSA or the U.S. Department of Transportation. The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161. Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR part 1.95. O. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–29404 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA–2014–0128] Notice of Buy America Waiver National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver. AGENCY: This notice provides NHTSA’s finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of Nania Baby Ride infant car seats by the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), using Federal grant funds. NHTSA finds that a non-availability waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of these infant car seats using Federal highway safety grant funds because there are no suitable products produced in the United States. DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written comments regarding this notice may be submitted to NHTSA and must be received on or before: December 26, 2014. SUMMARY: Written comments may be submitted using any one of the following methods: • Mail: Docket Management Facility, M–30, U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Fax: Written comments may be faxed to (202) 493–2251. • Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the Federal regulations Web site at http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 74812 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 241 / Tuesday, December 16, 2014 / Notices • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All comments submitted in relation to this waiver must include the agency name and docket number. Please note that all comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may also call the Docket at 202–366– 9324. For program issues, contact Barbara Sauers, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery, NHTSA (phone: 202– 366–0144). For legal issues, contact Andrew DiMarsico, Office of Chief Counsel, NHTSA (phone: 202–366– 5263). You may send mail to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: This notice provides NHTSA’s finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements, 23 U.S.C. 313, is appropriate for the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) to purchase Nania Baby Ride infant car seats, Model No. 378099, using grant funds authorized under 23 U.S.C. 402 (section 402). Section 402 funds are available for use by State Highway Safety Programs that, among other things, encourage the proper use of occupant protection devices, including child restraint systems. 23 U.S.C. 402(a). Buy America provides that NHTSA ‘‘shall not obligate any funds authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Surface Transportation Assistance Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2097) or [Title 23] and administered by the Department of Transportation, unless steel, iron, and manufactured products used in such project are produced in the United States.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313. However, NHTSA may waive those requirements if ‘‘(1) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.’’ 23 U.S.C. 313(b). In this instance, NHTSA has determined that a waiver is appropriate for the purchase of Nania Baby Ride child seats because there is no comparable product produced domestically that meets the need identified by MHSO—specifically, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:38 Dec 15, 2014 Jkt 235001 the transport of low birth weight infants under four pounds. MHSO seeks a waiver for one of its grantees, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who operates Maryland’s Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) Car Seat Loaner Program, to purchase the Nania Baby Ride car seats. KISS operates several Car Seat Assistance Programs throughout Maryland that work with hospitals to discharge healthy infants less than four pounds. MHSO states that it is a best practice to send healthy, low birth weight infants home in car seats, instead of car beds. This is because car seats are easier to use and install in vehicles, require only one seating position in a vehicle (as opposed to two, depending on the vehicle), and the harness dimensions of car seats are not as limiting as car beds. The Nania Baby ride model was selected by these programs because it has a birth-to-22-pound weight allowance, which allows for the transport of under-four-pound infants. The model is rear-facing, equipped with low harness slots, a 5-point front harness adjuster that allows an easy and accurate harness fit for infants less than four pounds. The institutional model, sold through Child Source, retails for approximately $39.90 per seat. It is considered a manufactured product under Buy America and is produced in France. NHTSA conducted an assessment of available child restraints and is not aware of a comparable child seat produced in the United States. The Nania Baby Ride is unique in the child seat market because it does not specify a minimum child weight. Rather, it is designed to safely seat children from birth-weight to 22 pounds. NHTSA is aware of only one other car seat, the Combi Navette, which is designed to seat infants under four pounds; however, it appears the Navette is currently manufactured in Japan. Furthermore, all domestically-produced car seats on the market specify a minimum infant weight of at least four pounds. Since a child seat that meets the requirements identified by MHSO is unavailable from a domestic manufacturer, the Buy America waiver is appropriate. NHTSA invites public comment on this conclusion. In light of the above discussion, and pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 313(b)(2), NHTSA finds that it is appropriate to grant a waiver from the Buy America requirements to MHSO in order to purchase Nania Baby Ride infant car seats. This waiver applies to Maryland and all other States seeking to use section 402 funds to purchase Nania PO 00000 Frm 00131 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Baby Ride infant car seats for the purposes mentioned herein. These waivers will continue through fiscal year 2015 and will allow the purchase of these items as required by MHSO. Accordingly, this waiver will expire at the conclusion of fiscal year 2015 (September 30, 2015). In accordance with the provisions of Section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users Technical Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–244, 122 Stat. 1572), NHTSA is providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of the Buy America requirements is appropriate. Written comments on this finding may be submitted through any of the methods discussed above. NHTSA may reconsider this finding if through the comments it learns of and can confirm the existence of a comparable domestically made product to the Nania Baby Ride infant car seat. This finding should not be construed as an endorsement or approval of the products by NHTSA or the U.S. Department of Transportation. The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Authority: 23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110–161. Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR part 1.95 O. Kevin Vincent, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2014–29403 Filed 12–15–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration [Docket No. NHTSA—2014–0130] Notice of Buy America Waiver National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver. AGENCY: This Notice provides NHTSA’s finding with respect to a request from the Hawaii Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Safety Office, Highway Safety Section (MVSO) to waive the requirements of Buy America. NHTSA finds that a cost waiver is appropriate for MVSO to purchase eight foreign-made training motorcycles using Federal grant funds because the cost of domestically produced products is twenty-five percent more than the cost of the foreign-made products. DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2014-0128]


Notice of Buy America Waiver

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 
Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Notice of Buy America waiver.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides NHTSA's finding that a waiver of the Buy 
America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of Nania Baby Ride 
infant car seats by the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), using 
Federal grant funds. NHTSA finds that a non-availability waiver of the 
Buy America requirements is appropriate for the purchase of these 
infant car seats using Federal highway safety grant funds because there 
are no suitable products produced in the United States.

DATES: The effective date of this waiver is December 26, 2014. Written 
comments regarding this notice may be submitted to NHTSA and must be 
received on or before: December 26, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted using any one of the 
following methods:
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, West Building, Ground Floor, Rm. W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Fax: Written comments may be faxed to (202) 493-2251.
     Internet: To submit comments electronically, go to the 
Federal regulations Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 
online instructions for submitting comments.

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     Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time, 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Instructions: All comments submitted in relation to this waiver 
must include the agency name and docket number. Please note that all 
comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You 
may also call the Docket at 202-366-9324.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For program issues, contact Barbara 
Sauers, Office of Regional Operations and Program Delivery, NHTSA 
(phone: 202-366-0144). For legal issues, contact Andrew DiMarsico, 
Office of Chief Counsel, NHTSA (phone: 202-366-5263). You may send mail 
to these officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  This notice provides NHTSA's finding that a 
waiver of the Buy America requirements, 23 U.S.C. 313, is appropriate 
for the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) to purchase Nania Baby 
Ride infant car seats, Model No. 378099, using grant funds authorized 
under 23 U.S.C. 402 (section 402). Section 402 funds are available for 
use by State Highway Safety Programs that, among other things, 
encourage the proper use of occupant protection devices, including 
child restraint systems. 23 U.S.C. 402(a).
    Buy America provides that NHTSA ``shall not obligate any funds 
authorized to be appropriated to carry out the Surface Transportation 
Assistance Act of 1982 (96 Stat. 2097) or [Title 23] and administered 
by the Department of Transportation, unless steel, iron, and 
manufactured products used in such project are produced in the United 
States.'' 23 U.S.C. 313. However, NHTSA may waive those requirements if 
``(1) their application would be inconsistent with the public interest; 
(2) such materials and products are not produced in the United States 
in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality; or (3) the inclusion of domestic material will increase the 
cost of the overall project contract by more than 25 percent.'' 23 
U.S.C. 313(b). In this instance, NHTSA has determined that a waiver is 
appropriate for the purchase of Nania Baby Ride child seats because 
there is no comparable product produced domestically that meets the 
need identified by MHSO--specifically, the transport of low birth 
weight infants under four pounds.
    MHSO seeks a waiver for one of its grantees, the Maryland 
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who operates Maryland's Kids 
in Safety Seats (KISS) Car Seat Loaner Program, to purchase the Nania 
Baby Ride car seats. KISS operates several Car Seat Assistance Programs 
throughout Maryland that work with hospitals to discharge healthy 
infants less than four pounds. MHSO states that it is a best practice 
to send healthy, low birth weight infants home in car seats, instead of 
car beds. This is because car seats are easier to use and install in 
vehicles, require only one seating position in a vehicle (as opposed to 
two, depending on the vehicle), and the harness dimensions of car seats 
are not as limiting as car beds.
    The Nania Baby ride model was selected by these programs because it 
has a birth-to-22-pound weight allowance, which allows for the 
transport of under-four-pound infants. The model is rear-facing, 
equipped with low harness slots, a 5-point front harness adjuster that 
allows an easy and accurate harness fit for infants less than four 
pounds. The institutional model, sold through Child Source, retails for 
approximately $39.90 per seat. It is considered a manufactured product 
under Buy America and is produced in France.
    NHTSA conducted an assessment of available child restraints and is 
not aware of a comparable child seat produced in the United States. The 
Nania Baby Ride is unique in the child seat market because it does not 
specify a minimum child weight. Rather, it is designed to safely seat 
children from birth-weight to 22 pounds. NHTSA is aware of only one 
other car seat, the Combi Navette, which is designed to seat infants 
under four pounds; however, it appears the Navette is currently 
manufactured in Japan. Furthermore, all domestically-produced car seats 
on the market specify a minimum infant weight of at least four pounds. 
Since a child seat that meets the requirements identified by MHSO is 
unavailable from a domestic manufacturer, the Buy America waiver is 
appropriate. NHTSA invites public comment on this conclusion.
    In light of the above discussion, and pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 
313(b)(2), NHTSA finds that it is appropriate to grant a waiver from 
the Buy America requirements to MHSO in order to purchase Nania Baby 
Ride infant car seats. This waiver applies to Maryland and all other 
States seeking to use section 402 funds to purchase Nania Baby Ride 
infant car seats for the purposes mentioned herein. These waivers will 
continue through fiscal year 2015 and will allow the purchase of these 
items as required by MHSO. Accordingly, this waiver will expire at the 
conclusion of fiscal year 2015 (September 30, 2015). In accordance with 
the provisions of Section 117 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, 
Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy of Users Technical 
Corrections Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-244, 122 Stat. 1572), NHTSA is 
providing this notice as its finding that a waiver of the Buy America 
requirements is appropriate. Written comments on this finding may be 
submitted through any of the methods discussed above. NHTSA may 
reconsider this finding if through the comments it learns of and can 
confirm the existence of a comparable domestically made product to the 
Nania Baby Ride infant car seat.
    This finding should not be construed as an endorsement or approval 
of the products by NHTSA or the U.S. Department of Transportation. The 
United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers.

    Authority:  23 U.S.C. 313; Pub. L. 110-161.

    Issued in Washington, DC, under authority delegated in 49 CFR 
part 1.95
O. Kevin Vincent,
Chief Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2014-29403 Filed 12-15-14; 8:45 am]
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