United States Department of Agriculture

Acquisition Tools

Federal law, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Presidential Executive Orders require the purchasing of biobased products by federal agencies. Federal contractors are also required to purchase biobased products per the Federal Acquisition Regulation including the clause 52.223-2, Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products under Service and Construction Contracts.

Contractor Reporting Tools

Biobased Quick Reference Guide for Contracting Officers
Provides a quick check off list for including biobased purchasing requirements in solicitations and contracts, including contractor reporting requirements.

  • Biobased Quick Reference Guide - PDF (82Kb)
  • Sample: Section C: Description/Specifications/Statement of Work - PDF (796Kb)

Recommended Methodologies for Establishing "Biobased-Only Contract" Annual Purchasing Targets
This document presents the recommendations of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, USDA BioPreferred Program for methodologies to establish annual targets for contracts with biobased-only requirements.

  • PDF (479Kb)

Procurement Advisory 82A USDA BioPreferred Program - Designated Biobased Items for Contract Requirements
The purpose of this Procurement Advisory is communicate the processes to comply with and support the federal BioPreferred program requirements, including specific roles and responsibilities.

  • Procurement Advisory 82A PDF (25Kb)

Contract Samples

The following contract samples provide model biobased product purchase language for solicitations and contracts. Sample Biobased Contract Language for:

  • Groundskeeping - DOCX (21KB)
  • Food Services/Cafeteria - DOCX (28KB)
  • Vehicle Maintenance - PDF (61KB)
  • Construction - DOCX (20KB)
  • Operations and Maintenance - DOCX (22KB)
  • Custodial/Janitorial - DOCX (22KB)
  • Road Construction and Maintenance - DOCX (23KB)

Agency Acquisition Tools

The following are some sources of agency-specific biobased purchasing information.

  • The GSA Sustainable Facilities Tool offers an ability to determine the federal requirements for different types of products. For example, if you are searching for animal repellants, this tool will indicate that "animal repellants" should be 97% biobased.
  • The DoD Sustainable Products Center integrates information on sustainable products and serves as DoD's informational repository for these products and their respective performances. The Sustainable Products Center includes biobased products.
  • Sample Agency Procurement Plan for the Federal Purchasing Preference for Biobased Products in Categories Designated by the United States Department of Agriculture. DOCX (28KB)