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New Biobased Product Report Requirement for Government Contractors


Service and construction contractors are required to report their purchases of biobased products for supply or use under Federal contracts.  The reporting requirement applies if:

·         Your contract or task order was signed between May 18, 2012 and September 30, 2012 AND

·         The contract or task order included FAR clause 52.223-2, Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products under Service and Construction Contracts.

Reports for FY2012 purchases originally were due to the contracting officer by the end of October.  Under a class deviation issued November 2, 2012, affected GSA service and construction contractors can report by December 31, 2012.  Other agencies also issued class deviations for their contracts.

Where Do You Report?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture created a reporting portal on the BioPreferred web site, www.biopreferred.gov.  Instead of reporting to the contracting officer, you will submit your report via this portal.  First read the step-by-step instructions and the frequently asked questions.  The step-by-step instructions include a link to a template you can use to gather your data before reporting.

If you already submitted a report to the contracting officer, the agency will submit your report to USDA.

What Do You Report?

You will be reporting your purchases of any BioPreferred items you purchased for supply or use under your contract or task order.  You can find the list of BioPreferred items on the USDA BioPreferred web site or the Green Products Compilation, which is a searchable list of green products Federal agencies are required to purchase, www.sftool.gov/greenprocurement.

You will be asked to submit one report per contract or task order per agency.  You will be asked to indicate the dollar value of BioPreferred items you purchased for that contract or order.

You also will be asked to enter your DUNS number, the contract or order number, and the agency.  USDA downloaded FY2012 contract and order numbers from the Federal Procurement Data System to use as a validation check, but if for some reason your contract was not entered into FPDS or there is an error, you will receive an error message and will not be able to report your purchasing data.  In that case, report your data to the contracting officer and environmental point of contact listed in clause 52.223-2.

If you have questions after reviewing the information on the USDA web site, please contact your contracting officer or FAS Green Purchasing at fasgreenpurchasing@gsa.gov.


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