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Acquisition Policy Flash! 13-16

What's New?

Contracting for Environmentally Preferable Products and Services

Purpose:  The purpose of this Acquisition Flash is to inform the VA Acquisition Workforce of the new Electronic Product Environment Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered products that will allow the VA to meet Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 23.7 and Executive Order (EO) 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance requirements.

Dated:  June 10, 2013

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Section Impacted:  FAR 23.7 and EO 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

Effective Date:  Immediately

Background:  Agencies must implement cost-effective contracting preference programs promoting energy-efficiency, water conservation, and the acquisition of environmentally preferable products and services; and Employ acquisition strategies that affirmatively implement the following environmental objectives:

(1) Maximize the utilization of environmentally preferable products and services (based on EPA-issued guidance).

(2) Promote energy-efficiency and water conservation.

(3) Eliminate or reduce the generation of hazardous waste and the need for special material processing (including special handling, storage, treatment, and disposal).

(4) Promote the use of nonhazardous and recovered materials.

(5) Realize life-cycle cost savings.

(6) Promote cost-effective waste reduction when creating plans, drawings, specifications, standards, and other product descriptions authorizing material substitutions, extensions of shelf-life, and process improvements.

(7) Promote the use of biobased products.

(8) Purchase only plastic ring carriers that are degradable (7 USC 8102(c)(1), 40 CFR part 238).

Also, in accordance with E.O. 13423, agencies must ensure that they meet at least 95 percent of their annual acquisition requirement for electronic products with Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)-registered electronic products, unless there is no EPEAT standard for such products.

In addition to personal computers (PCs), laptops, and monitors, two new product categories have been added to the list of EPEAT registered products - televisions and imaging equipment (e.g., fax machines, printers, copiers, etc.).

Applicability:  This policy applies to contracts performed in the United States, unless otherwise provided by agency procedures.

Action Required:  While the FAR is in the process of being updated, VA offices should begin purchasing, as appropriate, EPEAT certified products for these two new categories, which can be found on the EPEAT Product Registry at www.epeat.net.  The Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) Print Management Program will also have the new EPEAT products available through its blanket purchase agreements (BPAs).

Additional Information:  Questions or concerns should be addressed to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics (003A), Procurement Policy and Warrant Management Service (003A2A) at at va.procurement.policy@va.gov.