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USDA releases guidance for rural infrastructure projects

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development released today a financial assistance guide regarding Build America, Buy America requirements for projects.


GILLETTE, Wyo. — Organizations receiving U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development financial assistance can use a guide the department released today to figure out whether their projects must follow Build America, Buy America requirements.

Since the USDA’s implementation waiver expired Feb. 3, all non-federal organizations that receive financial assistance for infrastructure projects must now only use iron, steel, manufactured products and construction materials manufactured in the U.S., the USDA’s news release said.

The guide explains how to document compliance with the Build America, Buy America Act, which was enacted Nov. 15, 2021, through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Projects that receive federal funding below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold, which is currently set at $250,000, don’t need to follow BABAA requirements, the guide said.

Learn more here or email USDA-RD BABAA Inquiries. The USDA also will publish a Spanish-language version of the BABAA Customer Guide. More information about waivers that are still in place can be found here.