FEMA is Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Pacific Island Territories Waiver of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA)
FEMA is accepting comments from all stakeholders, including state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments (SLTT), nonprofit organizations, private organizations, industry, and individuals regarding the proposed Pacific Island Territories Waiver of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA).
Date: May 31, 2023 - June 15, 2023
FEMA has determined that a Pacific Island Territories Waiver of the BABAA requirements is in the public interest to allow time for FEMA to offer technical assistance to potential assistance recipients in the remote communities in the Pacific Island territories. This waiver proposes to permit the use of non-domestic iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials in infrastructure projects located within the Pacific Island territories of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, or American Samoa for a period of 18-months after the effective date of the final waiver.
FEMA will consider all comments received during the comment period. Anyone interested in providing comment on the general applicability public interest waiver may submit a comment before end of day on June 15, 2023.
After the comment period is over, FEMA will submit waiver along with public comments to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval.
Respond by Email
Use the button labeled “Submit Comment” above. Please include, “Public Comment for Proposed Pacific Island Territories Waiver” as the subject line.