The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a preliminary and updated list of machinery and equipment steel products which will be exempt under the Pa. Steel Products Procurement Act for 2016. The list was published in the Pa. Bulletin on Saturday, February 6, 2016, and can be found here.
According to the DGS statement accompanying the list in the Pa. Bulletin:
There is a 30-day comment period beginning on the date of this publication during which the public may submit comments in writing as to the domestic availability of a steel product on the list to the Deputy Secretary for Public Works, Department of General Services, 18th and Herr Streets, Harrisburg, PA 17125, email@example.com. The comments must be supported with a mill certification indicating that the steel was melted in the United States or an executed Steel Origin Certification form (found on the Department of General Services’ web site at www.dgs.state.pa.us) indicating the disputed product is produced domestically. See 4 Pa. Code Chapter 67a (relating to steel products procurement—statement of policy). Any ”(new)” after a listing indicates a steel product that was not produced in the United States in sufficient quantities to meet the requirements of the contract during 2015
As stated in the DGS statement of policy relating to steel products procurement, each year DGS identifies specific steel products that have been recognized as not being produced in the U.S. in sufficient quantities to meet the previous year’s contract requirements. DGS uses the previous annual list and then adds steel products from ‘‘not domestically manufactured’’ forms submitted and approved by DGS during the previous calendar year.
So, if you believe that a certain piece of machinery or equipment should be added to the exempt list, it is imperative that you inform DGS by submitting the necessary forms to DGS. Otherwise, DGS will have no way of knowing that it should add the machinery or equipment to the next year’s exempt list.
The DGS Steel Products Procurement Act page can be found here.