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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: May 10, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Energy Efficiency of Supplies and Services

SOURCE: Federal Register, May 10, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 91, page 30309

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: It is proposed that the FAR be amended to implement Executive Order 13123 of June 3, 1999, Greening the Government Through Efficient Energy Management, which directs federal agencies to improve energy management and reduce emissions. This proposed rule would address the procurement of "energy-efficient products" and the use of "energy-savings performance contracts" (ESPCs).

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on the recent issuance of three other "greening" executive orders (EO 13148, Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management; EO 13149, Greening the Government Through Federal Fleet and Transportation Efficiency; and EO 13150, Federal Workforce Transportation), see the April 26, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "'Greening the Government' Executive Orders."

For more on the procurement of products with recovered materials, see the January 19, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Comprehensive Guideline for Procurement of Products Containing Recovered Materials and Recovered Materials Advisory Notice III (RMAN III)."

DATES: Submit comments on or before July 10, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments to General Services Administration, FAR Secretariat (MVRS), 1800 F Street, NW., Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie Duarte, Washington, DC 20405, e-mail: farcase.1999-011@gsa.gov. Cite FAR case 1999-011 in all correspondence related to this proposed rule.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Linfield, Procurement Analyst, 202-501-1757.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: EO 13123 directs each government agency to "significantly improve its energy management in order to save taxpayer dollars and reduce emissions that contribute to air pollution and global climate change. With more than 500,000 buildings, the federal government can lead the nation in energy efficient building design, construction, and operation. As a major consumer that spends $200 billion annually on products and services, the federal government can promote energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of renewable energy products, and help foster markets for emerging technologies." To achieve these aims, EO 13123 established federal goals for greenhouse gas reduction, energy efficiency improvement, energy consumption by industrial and laboratory facilities, expanded use of renewable energy, reduced use of petroleum, reduced total energy use, and water conservation.

To implement EO 13123, the following significant changes to the FAR are proposed:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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