2022 Build America, Buy America Act Open-House Webinars
Introduction: On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (sometimes referred to as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or BIL). Included as part of this was the passage of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABA). BABA requires that by no later than May 14, 2022, each Federal agency shall ensure that none of the funds made available for a Federal financial assistance program for infrastructure may be obligated for a project unless all of the iron, steel, and manufactured products used in the project are produced in the United States. The BABA requirements became applicable to all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) financial assistance awards, that involve infrastructure projects, on May 14, 2022. This includes all new awards, amendments that add funds to existing awards, and renewal awards on or after May 14, 2022. The BABA requirements are applicable to infrastructure projects involving new construction, alteration, maintenance, or repairs.
On August 17-18, 2022, the USFWS - WSFR program hosted two open house webinars to provide information and guidance to USFWS staff and USFWS financial assistance recipients. The webinars provided an overview of the BABA legislation requirements and timeline for implementation, information about the Department of the Interior General Applicability Waiver, and the process by which USFWS programs and recipients may request additional waivers under BABA. To view a recording of each of these webinars, please click on the links below.
For more information about BABA and how it may relate to your financial assistance award infrastructure project, please contact the USFWS technical representative assigned to your award. Please visit the USFWS's financial assistance BABA wiki page for a list of frequently asked questions concerning applicability and implementation of the BABA Act requirements under Federal awards.
Click here view the Powerpoint slides for the webinars.
Click here to view the August 17, 2022 webinar recording.
Click here to view the August 18, 2022 webinar recording.