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“Buy America Act”  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated any product (equipment or materials) purchased using NHTSA federal highway safety grant funds must be made or assembled in America (documentation is also required). 


 NHTSA may waive Buy America requirement  if (1) the application would be inconsistent with the public interest; (2) such materials and products are not produced in the US 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 product by more than 25 percent.  Disqualified products are not eligible for reimbursement.


A written request for a waiver consideration for any of the above three identified conditions must be submitted to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS) prior to any purchase.  The NOHS will submit a formal written waiver to NHTSA.  NHTSA has estimated that the waiver process will take approximately 90 days from the date of receipt until NHTSA publishes a Federal Register notice. 


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