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In today's Federal Register, the FAR Council published a revision to FAR clause 52.223-2, Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products Under Service and Construction Contracts. The revision requires services and construction contractors to report their purchases of biobased products to the new reporting portal within the System for Award Management (SAM). It also deletes the section requiring agencies to provide the an environmental point of contact. The new rule has a September 3, 2013 effective date. The FR notice is attached.

System for Award Management

The information below was sent on behalf of the Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Joe Jordan, Administrator for Federal Procurement Policy

October 2013

Acquisition colleagues – Secretary Vilsack and I seek your help ensuring that contractors are aware of and comply with a recently issued final rule that requires contractors to submit annual reports of their biobased purchases by Oct 31 each year to a newly designated web portal located at www.sam.gov. To increase reporting compliance, we encourage you to inform your contractors that have contracts containing the FAR clause www.sam.gov.

As explained at the August 2013 meeting of the Chief Acquisition Officers Council, biobased reporting is an important element in the Administration’s Blueprint for the Bioeconomy and by procuring biobased and sustainable versions of products, the Federal government supports markets and promotes innovation, while creating jobs in rural America where many of these businesses are located and bioproducts are manufactured.

Thank you, in advance, for your efforts to increase awareness and compliance with the new biobased reporting instructions. We look forward to reviewing the reports that will be used to measure how well agencies are performing and to identify ways to improve performance to meet the goals and objectives of the Blueprint and individual agency biobased purchasing strategies.

We would also like to thank the USDA team for their work developing and managing the interim government-wide tool for collecting biobased reports that was located at www.biopreferred.gov. This tool is no longer receiving reports and is redirecting contractors to the new reporting module in SAM.

Thanks again for your attention to this important matter.

For more information, please contact BioPreferred@dm.usda.gov or by phone at (202)720-4145.

 
 
 
 
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