Buy American Act 41 U.SC. 10a-10d
General Partitions products comply with the Buy American Act (41 USC 10a-10d). As with all federal building projects before 2009, recipients of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 must comply with the previously established Buy American Act (41 USC 10a-10d) provisions by either certifying that the materials purchased for these projects meet the criteria or apply for a waiver stating that the requirements are consistent with the public interest. The Buy American Act restricts the purchase of supplies that are not domestic end products. It uses a two-part test to define a domestic end product:
1) the article must be manufactured in the U.S.
2) the cost of the domestic components must exceed 50% of the cost of all the components. The Act requires that procurement of covered items in excess of $3,000, the micro-purchase threshold, for supplies and construction materials must be produced in the U.S., its possessions or qualifying countries that are exempt unless the Contracting Officer determines that satisfactory quality and sufficient quantity.
The Trade Agreements Act FAR 52.225-12 states further that the Contracting Officer has the authority to approve a waiver to the Buy American Act under several conditions including inconsistency with public interest.