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Buy American Act - COTS confusion

qu1nn

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#1
Would you consider the following sub-assembly compliant to the Buy American Act (BAA) (41 USC 8301+ and FAR Subpart 25.1):
purchase commercial off the shelf components (COTS) such as resistors, capacitors, various ics and then solder them into an "electronics assembly" that is used in an end product?

Thanks for your time
qu1nn
 

Coury Ferguson

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#2
What I understand about the Buy American Act (assuming you are doing Government work) is that at least 75% or 85% of the parts in the assembly/final product need to be from American sources. I could be wrong here. But that is how I understood it.

Your options could be talk with your Contracts' personnel and/or if this is a Defense contract contact your ACO for clarification.

Just my opinion.
 

Coury Ferguson

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#6
Jim,

It is usually in the FAR/DFAR which is part of the Government Contract. So, it would be a Customer requirement in my opinion.
My mistake, Jim. The poster has already stated it is a Customer request.

qu1nn: Do you know if your customer is the tier to the Government?
 

qu1nn

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#7
The customer is a distriubutor, but by the comment in the request " in order for us to be able to continue providing your products to our government customers it is necessary"
....would suggest a requirement.
 

Jim Wynne

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#8
The customer is a distriubutor, but by the comment in the request " in order for us to be able to continue providing your products to our government customers it is necessary"
....would suggest a requirement.
Have you described your issue to the customer and asked them for guidance? If not, that's what you need to do.
 
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