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Frequent Questions for the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC)

What is Executive Order 13423?
Executive Order (E.O.) 13423, "Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management," was signed by former President Bush on January 24, 2007. E.O. 13423 includes federal electronics stewardship goals.

On March 19, 2015 - E.O. 13423 was revoked with the publication of the new E.O. 13693, "Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade." 

What are Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans?
Federal agencies have plans that prioritize actions that they intend to take to meet the goals of E.O. 13514. Each of these Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPPs) has information on each agency's policies and strategies, and a summary of each agency's performance and targets for meeting the E.O. goals. View each agency's Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan for information on how they intend to meet their electronics stewardship goals.​

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What are the FEC program accomplishments?
The FEC has developed summaries of annual program accomplishments:
2011 Program Accomplishments
2010 Program Accomplishments
2009 Program Accomplishments
2008 Program Accomplishments
2007 Program Accomplishments
2006 Program Accomplishments
2005 Program Accomplishments

Specific partner accomplishments are highlighted in a series of case studies.

What were the program goals of the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC)?
The national program goals of the FEC were as follows:

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What is the National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship?
The National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship lays the groundwork for federal actions to improve the design of electronic products and enhance management of used or discarded electronics. The Strategy was developed by an Interagency Task Force and was released in July 2011.

In drafting the Strategy, the Administration provided recommendations for future activities that the federal government could implement to improve electronics stewardship nationwide. In the interest of brevity, information on ongoing initiatives, including the FEC, was excluded. The FEC will work to provide our partners with up to date information on the outcomes of the National Strategy that impact federal activities.

What is the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Scorecard?
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issues scorecards assessing federal agencies' sustainability practices. The Scorecards employ a stoplight scoring system to track the progress and status of agencies in implementing statutory and Executive Order requirements. View each agency's Sustainability and Energy archived Scorecards to see OMB's evaluation of federal agencies' progress in meeting sustainability goals.

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What is Executive Order 13514?
Executive Order (E.O.) 13514, "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance," was signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009. The E.O. sets sustainability goals for the federal government in a number of areas, including electronics stewardship.

What was the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC)?
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) was a partnership program that encouraged federal facilities and agencies to:

  • Purchase greener electronics;
  • Reduce impacts of electronics during use; and
  • Manage used electronics in an environmentally safe way.

Federal facilities participated as "Partners" in the program. The FEC provided Facility Partners with resources and technical assistance for improving electronics management practices, and gave annual recognition to Facility Partners that had achieved specific goals.

The Federal Electronics Challenge was managed by EPA and the Office of Federal Environmental Executive. The Federal Electronics Stewardship Working Group acted as an advisory board for the FEC. The Federal Green Challenge superceded the Federal Electronics Challenge.

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What is the Federal Electronics Stewardship Working Group (FESWG)?
The Federal Electronics Stewardship Working Group (FESWG) provides a forum for information exchange and coordinates interagency efforts to promote federal electronics stewardship. The FESWG helps to develop policies, guidance, reporting metrics, and other documents and tools required by E.O. 13514. The FESWG also acted as an advisory board for the FEC.

Which products did the Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) target?
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) targeted common office electronics such as:

  • Desktop and laptop/portable computers;
  • Computer monitors, televisions and other displays;
  • Computer peripherals;
  • Imaging equipment, like printers, fax and copy machines; and
  • Mobile and handheld devices.

The FEC assisted Partners in improving data center and server management.

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Why should the Federal government get involved?
The federal government, which purchases billions of dollars* worth of information technology equipment and services annually, has the opportunity to provide leadership in the environmentally sound and cost effective management of electronics. Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 sets goals for the federal government to improve our environmental, energy and economic performance, in part through specific electronics stewardship activities.

Purchasing or leasing new equipment provides the opportunity to obtain environmentally preferable electronics. Appropriate management of equipment during use can reduce energy use and extend the life of electronics. Disposition of electronics provides the opportunity for reuse or environmentally responsible recycling. The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) assists federal agencies and facilities in meeting the goals of E.O. 13514.

Why focus on electronics?
The purchasing, use and disposition of electronics has significant environmental impacts. Electronic equipment may contain toxic constituents, consume significant energy during use, and present complex challenges when disposed of. These characteristics present opportunities and responsibilities in managing electronics to reduce the environmental impacts associated with each phase of the electronics life cycle: acquisition and procurement, operation and maintenance, and end-of-life management.

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