Government Contracts USDA Amends Biobased Procurement Guidelines
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

USDA Amends Biobased Procurement Guidelines

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

The Department of Agriculture has finalized, with changes, a proposed rule (83 FR 46780) amending the Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement. The rule adds 30 sections designating product categories within which biobased products will be afforded procurement preference by agencies and contractors. The categories are: adhesives; animal habitat care products; cleaning tools; concrete curing agents; concrete repair materials; durable cutlery; durable tableware; epoxy systems; exterior paints and coatings; facial care products; feminine care products; fire logs and fire starters; folders and filing products; foliar sprays; gardening supplies and accessories; heating fuels and wick lamps; kitchenware and accessories; other lubricants; phase change materials; playground and athletic surface materials; powder coatings; product packaging; rugs and floor mats; shopping and trash bags; soil amendments; surface guards, molding, and trim; toys and sporting gear; traffic and zone marking paints; transmission fluids; and wall coverings. These 30 product categories contain finished products that are made, in large part, from intermediate ingredients that have been proposed for designation for federal procurement preference. The rule also amends the existing designated product categories for general purpose de-icers, firearm lubricants, laundry products, and water clarifying agents. The new categories will be added to 7 CFR Part 3201 when the rule goes into effect on August 5, 2019. For the text of the rule, see 84 FR 32015.

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