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DOD Finalizes Rule Concerning Domestic Content Preference

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On February 15, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) finalized a rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (“DFARS”) to supplement the Federal Acquisition Regulation (“FAR”) implementation of Executive Order 14005, addressing domestic preferences in DOD procurement. Defense contractors should be aware of the specific changes and ensure their sourcing and supply chain systems incorporate the updated requirements.


As we discussed in prior posts, in January 2021 President Biden issued an executive order strengthening the Buy American Act’s (“BAA”) preference for domestic products and services in federal procurements. The executive order directed the FAR Council to consider proposing a rule to increase the BAA’s domestic content threshold for domestic end products.

The FAR Council then issued a final rule that increased the domestic content threshold for domestic end products (covered here). Previously, a product was considered a domestic end product if the cost of its components mined, produced, or manufactured in the United States exceeded 55 percent of the cost of all components. The FAR Council’s final rule increased that domestic content threshold to 60 percent and implemented a phased increase to 65 percent in 2024 and 75 percent in 2029. However, the rule also included a fallback threshold of 55 percent if (1) no end products exist that meet the new domestic content threshold or (2) such end products do exist but are unreasonably expensive. This fallback threshold will persist until 2030.

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