Buy American Terms

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Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

Recovery Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, also known as “ARRA” or the “stimulus bill.”

Buy American Provisions

Section 1605 of the Recovery Act (Pub.L. 111-5), also referred to as “Buy American” in this document. The Buy American provisions should not be confused with the Buy American Act of 1933 (41 U.S.C. 10a-10d), which is a separate law that predates the Recovery Act.


Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Department of Energy office responsible for this document.

EERE Buy American Web site

The Web site where EERE posts important documents related to the Buy American provisions, including all waivers, official guidance, and FAQ files. The Recovery Act Web site is located at


Federal Acquisition Regulation. The FAR applies to the Federal government’s procurement of goods and services,not to financial assistance awards (grants). If the FAR clauses flow down from the contract with the Federal government, those clauses will apply to subrecipients and subcontractors as well.


Code of Federal Regulations. The government-wide regulations for implementing the Buy American provisions are located at 2 CFR Part 176, Subpart B. These sections are also known as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Interim Final Guidance, and can be found on the EERE Buy American Web site.


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, one of EERE’s Recovery Act funded programs.


State Energy Program, one of EERE’s Recovery Act funded programs.

Financial Assistance Recipients

Also known as grantees. Entities (states, counties, cities, and tribes) that receive funds through financial assistance awards under programs such as SEP and EECBG are financial assistance recipients.

Subgrantee and Subrecipient

A non-Federal entity that expends Federal awards received from a pass-through entity to carry out a Federal program, but does not include an individual that is a beneficiary of such a program. A subrecipient may also be a recipient of other Federal awards directly from a Federal awarding agency.

Subcontractor and or Vendor

Means a dealer, distributor, merchant, or other seller providing goods or services procured for the conduct of a Federal program. These goods or services may be procured directly by the federal government or by a financial assistance recipient expending federal dollars to execute a federal program.




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