[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 13, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 28596-28598]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09208]





48 CFR Part 25

[FAR Case 2020-009; Docket No. FAR-2020-0009; Sequence No. 1]
RIN 9000-AO07

Federal Acquisition Regulation: List of Domestically Nonavailable 

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.


SUMMARY: DoD, GSA, and NASA are considering amending the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to update the list of domestically 

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articles under the Buy American statute. DoD, GSA, and NASA are seeking 
information that will assist in identifying domestic capabilities and 
for evaluating whether some articles on the list of domestically 
nonavailable articles are now mined, produced, or manufactured in the 
United States in sufficient and reasonably available commercial 
quantities and of a satisfactory quality.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments at the address shown 
below on or before July 13, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments in response to FAR Case 2020-009 by to 
http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking 
portal by searching for ``FAR Case 2020-009''. Select the link 
``Comment Now'' that corresponds with ``FAR Case 2020-009.'' Follow the 
instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, company 
name (if any), and ``FAR Case 2020-009'' on your attached document. If 
your comment cannot be submitted using https://www.regulations.gov, 
call or email the points of contact in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions.
    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite ``FAR case 2020-
009'' in all correspondence related to this case. All comments received 
will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including 
any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To 
confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, 
approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Zenaida Delgado, Procurement 
Analyst, at 202-969-7207 or [email protected] for clarification 
of content. For information pertaining to status or publication 
schedules, contact the Regulatory Secretariat Division at 202-501-4755. 
Please cite FAR Case 2020-009.


I. Background

    A. The Buy American statute (41 U.S.C. chapter 83) generally 
requires that only domestically mined, produced, or manufactured 
articles be procured for public use in the United States. The Buy 
American statute provides an exception for articles not mined, 
produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and 
reasonably available commercial quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality. FAR 25.103(b)(1) provides a determination that articles listed 
at FAR 25.104(a) meet the conditions of this exception. This 
determination does not necessarily mean that there is no domestic 
source for the listed items, but that domestic sources can only meet 50 
percent or less of total U.S. Government and nongovernment demand. See 
FAR 25.103(b)(1)(i).
    The established list of articles identified in FAR 25.104(a) is a 
comprehensive and wide-ranging mix of natural resources, compounds, 
materials, and other items of supply. Although some articles on the 
list have no known domestic production sources (e.g., quartz crystals 
or vanilla beans), many of the articles are known to have some domestic 
production sources, but those sources have been determined in the past 
to be inadequate to meet U.S. demand. Examples of such articles range 
from goat and kidskins (negligible domestic production), to crude 
iodine (5 percent of U.S. Government and nongovernment demand), to 
bismuth (not in excess of 50 percent of U.S. Government and 
nongovernment demand).
    The list is reviewed every five years, as required by FAR 
25.104(b). DoD, GSA, and NASA last published in the Federal Register a 
request for public comment on the list on March 24, 2015 (80 FR 15544).
    DoD, GSA, and NASA are seeking information to determine whether 
some articles should be removed from the list because they are now 
mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States in sufficient and 
reasonably available commercial quantities and of a satisfactory 
quality. Specific information with regard to domestic production 
capacity in relation to U.S. Government and nongovernment demand and 
the quality of domestically produced items would be most helpful in 
determining whether articles should remain on or be removed from the 
list. A sources-sought notice will be published in the Governmentwide 
point of entry (GPE) in an effort to increase the awareness of this 
request and to receive greater responses from interested parties on the 
nonavailable articles listing.
    B. The current domestically nonavailable listing at FAR 25.104 is 
as follows:

    Acetylene, black.
    Agar, bulk.
    Antimony, as metal or oxide.
    Asbestos, amosite, chrysotile, and crocidolite.
    Bamboo shoots.
    Beef, corned, canned.
    Beef extract.
    Bephenium hydroxynaphthoate.
    Books, trade, text, technical, or scientific; newspapers; 
pamphlets; magazines; periodicals; printed briefs and films; not 
printed in the United States and for which domestic editions are not 
    Brazil nuts, unroasted.
    Cadmium, ores and flue dust.
    Calcium cyanamide.
    Cashew nuts.
    Castor beans and castor oil.
    Chalk, English.
    Chrome ore or chromite.
    Cinchona bark.
    Cobalt, in cathodes, rondelles, or other primary ore and metal 
    Cocoa beans.
    Coconut and coconut meat, unsweetened, in shredded, desiccated, 
or similarly prepared form.
    Coffee, raw or green bean.
    Colchicine alkaloid, raw.
    Cork, wood or bark and waste.
    Cover glass, microscope slide.
    Crane rail (85-pound per foot).
    Cryolite, natural.
    Dammar gum.
    Diamonds, industrial, stones and abrasives.
    Emetine, bulk.
    Ergot, crude.
    Erythrityl tetranitrate.
    Fair linen, altar.
    Fibers of the following types: abaca, abace, agave, coir, flax, 
jute, jute burlaps, palmyra, and sisal.
    Goat hair canvas.
    Goat and kidskins.
    Grapefruit sections, canned.
    Graphite, natural, crystalline, crucible grade.
    Hand file sets (Swiss pattern).
    Handsewing needles.
    Hemp yarn.
    Hog bristles for brushes.
    Hyoscine, bulk.
    Ipecac, root.
    Iodine, crude.
    Kauri gum.
    Leather, sheepskin, hair type.
    Lavender oil.
    Menthol, natural bulk.
    Microprocessor chips (brought onto a Government construction 
site as separate units for incorporation into building systems 
during construction or repair and alteration of real property).
    Modacrylic fiber.
    Nickel, primary, in ingots, pigs, shots, cathodes, or similar 
forms; nickel oxide and nickel salts.
    Nitroguanidine (also known as picrite).
    Nux vomica, crude.
    Oiticica oil.
    Olive oil.
    Olives (green), pitted or unpitted, or stuffed, in bulk.
    Opium, crude.

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    Oranges, mandarin, canned.
    Petroleum, crude oil, unfinished oils, and finished products.
    Pineapple, canned.
    Pine needle oil.
    Platinum and related group metals, refined, as sponge, powder, 
ingots, or cast bars.
    Pyrethrum flowers.
    Quartz crystals.
    Rabbit fur felt.
    Radium salts, source and special nuclear materials.
    Rubber, crude and latex.
    Santonin, crude.
    Silk, raw and unmanufactured.
    Spare and replacement parts for equipment of foreign 
manufacture, and for which domestic parts are not available.
    Spices and herbs, in bulk.
    Sugars, raw.
    Swords and scabbards.
    Talc, block, steatite.
    Tapioca flour and cassava.
    Tartar, crude; tartaric acid and cream of tartar in bulk.
    Tea in bulk.
    Thread, metallic (gold).
    Thyme oil.
    Tin in bars, blocks, and pigs.
    Triprolidine hydrochloride.
    Vanilla beans.
    Venom, cobra.
    Water chestnuts.
    Wax, carnauba.
    Wire glass.
    Woods; logs, veneer, and lumber of the following species: 
Alaskan yellow cedar, angelique, balsa, ekki, greenheart, lignum 
vitae, mahogany, and teak.
    Yarn, 50 Denier rayon.
    Yeast, active dry and instant active dry.

II. Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders (E.O.s) 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess 
all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O. 
13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, 
of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. 
This proposed rule is not a significant regulatory action, and 
therefore, this proposed rule was not subject to the review of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under section 6(b) of E.O. 
12866. This proposed rule is not a major proposed rule under 5 U.S.C. 

III. Executive Order 13771

    This proposed rule is not subject to E.O. 13771, because this 
proposed rule is not a significant regulatory action under E.O. 12866.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Part 25

    Government procurement.

William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-09208 Filed 5-12-20; 8:45 am]