The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the General Services Administration (GS A) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have jointly published a final rule that requires government contractors to report their purchases of biobased products under service and construction contracts. 77 Fed. Reg. 23,365 (4/18/12). Developed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council, which consists of the Office of Management and Budget and representatives from DOD, GS A and NASA, the final rule amends federal purchasing regulations to require contractors to report annually the types and dollar value of U.S. Department of Agriculture (US DA)-designated biobased products purchased during the contract’s preceding fiscal year.
US DA certifies biobased products and lists products that are preferred for federal purchasing. As of July 2011, the agency had designated 64 categories representing 9,000 products for preferred purchasing. Biobased products are commercial or industrial products other than food or feed that are composed in whole, or significant part, of biological products; renewable agricultural materials, including plant, animal and marine materials; or forestry materials. They also include biobased intermediate ingredients or feedstocks.