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Executive Order on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers

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On January 25, 2021 The White House announced Executive Order (EO) 14005, called Executive Order on Ensuring the Future is Made in All of America by All American Workers. EO 14005 establishes a substantial role for the MEP National NetworkTM in the Biden Administration’s plans to bolster American manufacturing.

You can read the full text of EO 14005 on Ensuring the Future Is Made in All of America by All of America’s Workers.

Sec. 7. Supplier Scouting. To the extent appropriate and consistent with applicable law, agencies shall partner with the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), discussed in the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Improvement Act (title V of Public Law 114-329), to conduct supplier scouting in order to identify American companies, including small- and medium-sized companies, that are able to produce goods, products, and materials in the United States that meet Federal procurement needs.

Excerpted from EO 14005, Section 7

The mission of the MEP National NetworkTM is to strengthen and empower U.S manufacturers.

About MEP

The MEP National Network equips U.S. manufacturers with the tools and resources necessary to be competitive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Our industry experts work side-by-side with manufacturers to reduce costs, improve efficiencies, develop the next generation workforce, create new products, find new markets and much more. Together, they strengthen communities and U.S. manufacturing.

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The national Program Office (NIST MEP) which provides the federal government funding for the MEP National Network™ is located in Gaithersburg, MD. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, the MEP Advisory Board, MEP Center boards, and the Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 450 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

MEP National Network Services

The MEP National Network offers a suite of services to respond to the important guidance that EO 14005 provides, including:

Supplier Scouting

Supplier Scouting leverages the MEP National Network’s extensive relationships and knowledge of U.S. manufacturing capabilities to identify manufacturers across the U.S. who can meet supply chain needs of commercial entities and government agencies. To engage with the Network’s Supplier Scouting service, a company or government agency needs to have a clear and concise description of the item(s) being sought, as well as detailed information about the supply opportunity’s business case. (i.e., volume, target price, shipping location, etc.). NIST MEP’s Supplier Scouting team has developed an opportunity synopsis form to assist with gathering this information.

Supplier Scouting is a successful nationwide service that identifies domestic manufacturers to produce hard-to-source and critically needed supply chain items including personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies. Supplier Scouting can be applied on a national, regional or local scale. By leveraging our extensive relationships and knowledge of U.S. manufacturing capabilities, we are able to identify manufacturers who meet production and technical requirements to connect them with supply chains of larger companies and government agencies. Federal agencies requiring supplier scouting assistance can submit the Supplier Scouting Opportunity Synopsis form. Other entities can contact scouting [at] for more information.

Learn more about Supplier Scouting services.

For more information on Supplier Scouting, please contact NIST MEP's scouting [at] (Robert Barnes), Andrew Peterson or scouting [at] (Samm Webb.)

Supply Chain

Effective supply chains are critical to manufacturing operations. The MEP National Network’s supply chain services help address various aspects of supply chain management and development. Our experts can help with supply chain challenges including supply chain management and optimization, integration of software, inventory control and supplier scouting. These services can help U.S. small and medium-sized manufacturers provide domestic content within supply chains of U.S. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and others, including federal agencies seeking to Buy American.

Learn more about Supply Chain services.

For more information on Supply Chain services, please contact NIST MEP's scouting [at] (Robert Barnes), Andrew Peterson or scouting [at] (Samm Webb.)

Partnering with MEP

The MEP National Network's strength is in its partnerships. MEP was founded on the premise that partnerships among NIST MEP and other public and private entities increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our Network. Each MEP Center is a partnership between the federal government and a variety of public or private entities, including state, university and nonprofit organizations. Through its collaborations at the federal, state and local level, MEP Centers work with manufacturers to develop new products and customers, expand and diversify markets, adopt new technology, and enhance value within supply chains. You can learn more about the 51 MEP Centers and how you can connect with your local MEP Center.


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Created March 21, 2021, Updated July 21, 2022