Statement from Acting Secretary Pekoske on Strengthening Buy American Provisions | site |


(Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 25, 2021)

The Acting Secretary released the following statement in support of the Presidential Executive Order titled “Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers.”

“In keeping with our commitment to protect the American people, our homeland, and our values, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security welcomes the President’s charge to buy American. As more American businesses are on the brink of closing their doors due to the unprecedented challenges we face, President Biden signed the “Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America’s Workers” Executive Order to support American manufacturers and workers.

“The Order requires that federal agencies use tax-payer money to purchase American goods made by American workers and with American-made component parts. DHS is a large department, and a major purchaser of goods and equipment, including vehicles, security equipment, and many other parts and products that support our operations. We will work with our partners to buy American and help strengthen the U.S. economy through the implementation of the President’s Executive Order. We will also continue our commitment to including small businesses in our contracting program to the maximum extent practicable as demonstrated by our historic achievements of exceeding our annual small business goals.

“Whether protecting our borders and ports of entry, responding to disasters, or protecting critical infrastructure, DHS commits to using American-made products to help the U.S. economy and its workers.”