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Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation


Coupled with increasing concerns about the environment, the magnitude of federal spending on contracts has prompted questions from Members of Congress and the public about the role of environmental considerations in federal procurement. These include: to what extent do agencies consider environmental factors when procuring goods or services? What legal authorities presently require or allow agencies to take environmental factors into account when acquiring goods or services? How are existing provisions authorizing agencies to consider environmental factors implemented? This report provides an overview, answering these and related questions. The federal procurement system is designed "to deliver on a timely basis the best value product or service to the customer, while maintaining the public's trust and fulfilling public policy objectives." Environmental objectives can generally be among the public policy objectives that factor into federal procurement. However, they are not necessarily the most significant objectives overall or in any specific procurement. There are numerous other objectives (e.g., obtaining high quality goods and services at low prices, promoting American manufacturing, protecting small businesses, fostering affirmative action) that can also factor into procurement decisions. The relationship and prioritization among these different objectives is not always clear.


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Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation  [Order No: R41297  Release Date: Jan 06,2012  Pages: 24]

Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation  [Order No: R41297  Release Date: Jan 03,2011  Pages: 24]

Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation  [Order No: R41297  Release Date: Oct 01,2010  Pages: 24]

Environmental Considerations in Federal Procurement: An Overview of the Legal Authorities and Their Implementation  [Order No: R41297  Release Date: Jun 21,2010  Pages: 24]