The Defense Department and General Services Administration have amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the Buy American provisions of the Recovery Act. The amended regulations require contracting officers to modify their contracts if Recovery Act funds will be used in certain types of work. More specifically, if Recovery Act funds are used in any type of public construction, maintenance, or repair project, the new FAR provisions require that all of the iron, steel and manufactured goods used in the project must be U.S. origin. Officials emphasize that these provisions do not override U.S. obligations under international trade agreements. Various exceptions to the FAR prevent that from happening. The rule will apply to solicitations issued and contracts awarded on or after October 1.