USDA Assistant Secretary for Administration

Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards for FY 2018

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Purpose

The Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards initiative recognizes outstanding achievements in advancing the objectives of the Federal BioPreferred Purchasing Preference Program. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the Awards program was held within USDA. For FY 2018, the Awards program is being expanded to a federal-wide recognition program. Recognition categories include:

  • Federal Acquisition Professionals
  • Federal Program/Technical Professionals
  • Federal Contractors

The Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards are determined annually by the USDA BioPreferred Program.

Program Authorities for the BioPreferred Program

Section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA)(7 U.S.C. 8102) requires the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and implement a biobased product procurement program designed to increase the purchase and use of biobased products. Also mandated in this legislation is an awards program for Federal employees "that use a substantial amount of biobased products."

The BioPreferred Program

The purpose of the USDA BioPreferred® Program is to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products. The program is expected to promote U.S. economic development, creating new jobs particularly in manufacturing, and providing new markets for farm commodities. The BioPreferred Program has two major components: a federal Purchasing Preference and Voluntary Product Labeling.

Detailed information on the BioPreferred Program can be found on the USDA website at www.biopreferred.gov.

BioPreferred Award Eligibility Requirements

All federal employees may be considered for awards. It is expected that federal acquisition professionals, including Contracting Officers, as well as program and technical Professionals will find this award particularly applicable to their duties. Federal Contractors are also eligible for awards.

Nomination Process:

Nominations may be made for an individual or a group of individuals.

Individuals may nominate themselves or may be nominated by another federal employee. Federal Contractors may nominate their company or an individual or individuals within their company.

Nominations should be made based on a specific accomplishment or body of work related to the purchase and use of biobased products and/or contracting for the purchase and use of biobased products

Federal Employee Criteria

Award decisions will be made based on significant contributions to the BioPreferred Program goals. Goals include promoting U.S. economic development and creating U.S. jobs, through the purchase and use of biobased products in categories designated by USDA.

Criteria for awards may include:

  • Demonstrable results in the purchase and use of biobased products that drive U.S. economic activity and U.S. jobs;
  • Models for acquiring, using, or validating biobased products that replace non-biobased products;
  • "Process" achievements such as including biobased products requirements in contracts resulting in the purchase of biobased products;
  • Innovations that can serve as a model and/or be transferred readily to other processes, facilities, divisions, or sub-agencies
  • Overcoming barriers that limit opportunities for incorporating biobased products in federal activities such as revising specifications to require biobased products.

Federal Contractor Criteria

Award decisions will be made based on significant contributions to the BioPreferred Program goals to promote U.S. economic development and to create U.S. jobs, particularly in manufacturing and throughout rural America, through the purchase and use of biobased products in categories designated by USDA.

  • The purchase and use of biobased products that result in positive U.S. economic activity and U.S. jobs;
  • Best examples of acquiring, using, or validating biobased products that replace non-biobased products;
  • Innovations that can serve as a model and/or be transferred readily to other Federal contractors are highly desirable; or
  • Overcoming barriers to replacing non-biobased products with biobased products in the performance of federal contracts.

Review Process

Annually, the BioPreferred Program will select three individuals who serve on a Review Board. At least one of the individuals on the Review Board will be from outside of the BioPreferred Program.

For FY 2018, nominations must be received by July 23, 2018.

Critical Dates

Dates for FY 2018 Critical Award Event
By July 16, 2018 Announcement of Awards. Forms Posted
July 16 – August 10 Ongoing federal-wide marketing of Award program
Friday, August 10, 2018 Deadline for Submission
Friday, August 24, 2018 Awards Decision by Review Team
Friday, August 31, 2018 Awards Announced
Friday, September 14, 2018 Press release and success story posted on BioPreferred website

Awards Winners

Award winners will receive a plaque and their accomplishments will be celebrated in a press release/media coverage. In addition, the award winner's accomplishments will be featured in a success story on the USDA BioPreferred website.

Nomination Instructions for the FY 2018 "Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Awards"

The "Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Award" recognizes outstanding achievements by federal employees and federal contractors in advancing the objectives of the Federal BioPreferred Purchasing Preference program.

Nominations must be received by the BioPreferred Program by Friday, August 10, 2018.

The Nomination Form forms can be accessed at www.biopreferred.gov.

There are four sections to the "Excellence in BioPreferred Procurement Award Nomination Form."

  • Section A, Individuals Being Nominated, lists the individuals nominated to receive the Award along with their identifying information.
  • Section B, Summary Justification for Award, may be a maximum of 150 words and provides a summary description of the reason for the Award nomination. This section should describe the nomination in terms of the significant contribution made to the Federal BioPreferred program goals relating to the purchase or contracting for purchase of BioPreferred in categories designated by USDA.
  • Section C, Award Justification Details may be up to 2,000 words providing a detailed description of the achievement or achievements justifying the nomination. (This information will be used in generating the press release for award winners).
  • Section D, Attachments, allows the insertion of up to 4 pages of graphics, photographs, illustrations, etc. Graphical attachments must be in jpeg format.