Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
Key Policy, Guidance Documents
Federal Acquisition Regulation
The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was established to codify uniform policies for acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Environmentally Sound Products (PDF) (5 pp, 43KB)
In 1997, the FAR issuing agencies adopted a rule that amended the FAR to clearly reflect the government's preference for the acquisition of environmentally-sound and energy-efficient products and services, and to establish an affirmative procurement program favoring items containing the maximum practicable content of recovered materials. The rule also implemented policies for procurement of items for which EPA has designated minimum recovered material content.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Biobased Products Preference Program (PDF) (6 pp, 70KB)
In 2007, the FAR issuing agencies published a final rule that amended the FAR to require that a procurement preference be afforded biobased products within items designated by the Secretary of Agriculture.
- Designation of Biobased Items for Federal Procurement (PDF) (66 pp, 402KB)
In 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published three final rules designating 27 biobased products for Federal preferential procurement. The products include a variety of personal and facility cleaning products, additional greases, oils, and lubricants, construction products, and other items.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-008, Implementation of Section 104 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (PDF) (6 pp, 76.2KB)
In 2007, the FAR issuing agencies published a final rule that amended the FAR to address implementation of Section 104 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This amendment requires all federal acquisitions of energy consuming-products and all contracts for energy-consuming products require ENERGY STAR or Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated products.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2006-030, Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) (PDF) (2 pp, 52KB)
In 2009, the FAR issuing agencies published a final rule that amended the FAR to require use of EPEAT when acquiring personal computer products such as desktops, notebooks/laptops, and monitors pursuant to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executive Order 13423.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2005-039, Use of Products Containing Recovered Materials in Service and Construction Contracts (PDF) (2 pp, 53KB)
In 2008, the FAR issuing agencies published a final rule amending the FAR to clarify language on the use of products containing recovered materials, pursuant to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, and Executive Order 13101.