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Attachment 2: GSA Memorandum: Class Deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) extending the Biobased Product Reporting Requirement

October 29, 2012

MEMORANDUM FOR CIVILIAN AGENCIES OTHER THAN NASA

FROM:

 

SUBJECT:

LAURA AULETTA
CHAIR CIVILIAN
AGENCY ACQUISITION COUNCIL (CAAC)

Class Deviation from the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) extending the Biobased Product Reporting Requirement

The clause at FAR 52.223-2, Affirmative Procurement of Biobased Products Under Service and Construction Contracts, requires reporting of biobased products under service and construction contracts, for the previous Government fiscal year, by October 31st of each year during contract performance, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing a web-based portal designed to consolidate government-wide reporting.  The web-based portal is scheduled to be available for contractors by October 31, 2012.

To ensure contractor use of the web-based portal for this reporting period, agencies are encouraged to issue a class deviation, in accordance with FAR 1.404, to extend the reporting deadline contained in paragraph (c)(2) of the clause at FAR 52.223-2 from October 31, 2012 to December 31, 2012.  Agencies should also notify contractors of the USDA web-based portal at http://www.biopreferred.gov for satisfying the reporting requirements of the clause, including the reporting template under "Key Initiatives," or at http://www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/.

This CAAC memorandum constitutes consultation with the Chair of the CAAC required by FAR 1.404(a)(l ).  Agencies are reminded that FAR 1.404 requires agencies to furnish a copy of each approved class deviation to the FAR Secretariat, General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat (MVCB), ATTN: Hada Flowers at hada.flowers@gsa.gov.

If you have questions or require additional information regarding this memorandum, please contact Marissa Petrusek at (202) 501-0136 or by email at matissa.petrusek@gsa.gov.

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