DATE: July 18, 2000

SUBJECT: General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); Identification of Energy-Efficient Office Equipment and Supplies Containing Recovered Materials or Other Environmental Attributes

SOURCE: Federal Register; July 18, 2000, Vol. 65, No. 138, page 44508

AGENCIES: Office of Acquisition Policy, General Services Administration (GSA)

ACTION: Proposed Rule

SYNOPSIS: GSA is revising GSAR 552.238-72, Identification of Products that Contain Recovered Materials, are Energy-Efficient, or Have Other Environmental Attributes (e.g., Reduced Pollutants), to update the definition of energy-efficient products and to be consistent with Executive Order 13123 of June 3, 1999, Greening the Government Through Efficient Energy Management, and the proposed revised Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 23.2, Energy and Water Efficiency and Renewable Energy, (it is currently titled "Energy Conservation").

EDITOR'S NOTE: The GSAR is the shaded part of the GSA Acquisition Manual, which is available on the Internet at http://www.arnet.gov/GSAM/gsam.html.

For more on the proposed revision of FAR Subpart 23.2, see the May 10, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); Energy Efficiency of Supplies and Services."

DATES: Submit comments on or before September 18, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to General Services Administration, Office of Acquisition Policy, Division (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4015, Washington, DC 20405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beverly Cromer, GSA Acquisition Policy Division, 202-208-6750.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: On May 10, 2000, a proposed revision to FAR Subpart 23.2 was published. The proposed FAR revision would implement Executive Order 13123, which directs federal agencies to improve energy management and reduce emissions.

GSAR 552.238-72, which is required to be included in Federal Supply Schedule solicitations and contracts, contains definitions which do not conform to Executive Order 13123 and proposed FAR Subpart 23.2. Therefore, this proposed rule would revise GSAR 552.238-72 as follows:

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

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