By Made in America Director Celeste Drake
The Biden Administration is working to ensure that the future is Made in America by all of America’s workers—and just one year in, we’ve already made significant progress. Working with agencies, we leveraged the government’s purchasing power to support American manufacturing, launched a new website to bring greater transparency to the decision-making process regarding when to grant waivers or exceptions to Made in America policies, issued guidance to help agencies increase opportunities for domestic sourcing, and more.
As we head into 2022, this work continues full-speed ahead. Today, we’re announcing the launch of a Made in America Council—a new interagency effort to help coordinate and advance the Made in America Office’s work across the entirety of the Federal Government.
The goal of the Council is simple: advance our Made in America goals by creating a regular forum and community for agencies to collaborate as they work to strengthen the use of Federal procurement and Federal financial assistance to increase reliance on domestic supply chains and reduce the need for waivers over time.
Not only will the new Council help agencies effectively coordinate their more than $600 billion in annual procurement spending, but it will also help streamline and strengthen the Administration’s work to effectively and efficiently implement the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The Council will also share data that can help promote domestic sourcing and best practices across agencies that are facing similar challenges and opportunities, and also surface recommendations to help build and expand critical U.S. supply chains.
From Day One, President Biden has made clear that when the Federal Government spends taxpayer dollars, it should support American workers and businesses. As we continue to power our historic economic and jobs recovery, the Made in America Office will help lead the way in creating good union jobs in critical supply chains all across the country, including historically underserved communities. With this new Made in America Council, we have another key tool to deliver on that mission, support American workers and industries, and ensure a future that is Made in America.