The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is changing the rules governing the way it buys textiles and clothing so they contain only US-made components, with few exceptions.

The adjustments are in line with the so-called Kissell amendment that was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $787bn economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama on 17 February.

The new regulations ban DHS from using funds appropriated on or before 17 February 2009 to pay for foreign textile products as under contracts entered into after 16 August.

"DHS may not use those funds for the procurement of certain clothing and other textile items directly related to the national security interests of the United States if such items are not domestically grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced," the department said in a set of interim rules published in the Federal Register yesterday (17 August).

There are, however, limited exceptions. For example, restrictions on the Department's acquisition of covered foreign textiles do not apply to purchases greater than $100,000 if these are not available in the US.

Full details on the interim rules - identified by DHS docket number DHS-2009-0081 - along with the chance to comment on them, can be found here.