Cite and link to the new requirement:

DOT/OST Notice of Proposed Temporary Waiver of Buy America Requirements for the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program

2022-21848.pdf (

Type of requirement:

Notice; Request for comments

Summary of requirement in 25 words or less:

DOT is proposing to establish a temporary public interest waiver for projects funded under the new Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program. The waiver only applies to awards made within the first year (FY 2022) of funding for the new program, for which there may be limited cases where the Buy America requirements would apply for planning and prototyping activities. Given that this program is in its first year and DOT has not yet received applications, the waiver is intended to ensure that applicants consider the broadest possible range of technologies and solutions in their proposals for funding in FY 2022.

How is it enforced by FTA, DOT, Direct grant requirement, triennial review or other?

DOT relies on modal administrations to enforce Buy America Compliance.

Is there a cost or time impact to grantees (best estimate):


APTA actions to date:


Staff Advisors:

Linda Ford,

Lisa Jerram,


Procurement and Supply Chain Committee
Automated and Connected Vehicles Committee

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