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C Culham

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I can not remember where or when but there was discussion about BAA waivers in Forum.  In connection to the discussion I reached out to the Made In America Office (MIAO) of OMB.  I am willing to share the written email exchange with anyone that would like to message me.

Here is essence of the response - Waivers can be requested at the parent or order level.

Request made February 6, 2023 response received March 15, 2023.   

PS - My faith that the government can be responsive remains, all that you have to do is ask!

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On 3/15/2023 at 10:07 AM, C Culham said:

PS - My faith that the government can be responsive remains, all that you have to do is ask!

Yes, the government can be responsive at times.  On the other hand, the government can take terribly long times spinning its wheels.  A great example is the five year backlog with getting out some FAR cases.  I don’t know the details involving your BAA question to OMB but to anyone needing a quick answer, your five week OMB turnaround doesn’t seem prompt.
 

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all you have to do is ask

Two problems with that though.  One is finding the right part of the organization that is knowledgeable and capable of responding.  The second is finding the right person that can respond immediately and without needing to coordinate and obtain approvals.  I would say a very large share of 1102s in the government would have a very difficult time even locating the specific office in OMB to ask.

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