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Special Procurement Programs

Links to websites with information about various special emphasis procurement and grant programs will be listed at this site to facilitate locating information.

BioPreferredSM & Biobased Products

BioPreferred (formerly The Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program) is a preference program that serves to increase the procurement and use of biobased products by Federal agencies. A biobased product is a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is comprised in whole or in part of biological products, renewable agricultural materials, or forestry materials.

Small Business Programs

The USDA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) manages the small business programs within USDA. Both general and information about specific programs is available.

 

Small Business Innovation Research

The SBIR program at USDA makes competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts in research related to scientific programs and opportunities in agriculture. The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) administers the SBIR program in USDA.

 

Privacy Act Letter for Head of Contracting Activities Procurement Council Members
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration sent out a letter dated January 2, 2008 to all Head of Contracting Activities reminding them to ensure inclusion of FAR Clauses pertaining to the Privacy Act of 1974, in all contracts.

New Green Purchasing Training for Purchase Card Holders from GSA SmartPay
GSA is offering new training that meets the Green Purchasing training requirement for purchase card holders. Section 10 of Part III of "GSA SmartPay Purchase Card - Your Blueprint for Success" discusses purchasing recycled content, biobased, energy efficient, environmentally preferable products, and non-ozone depleting substances, with links to the relevant program websites.

USDA Green Purchasing Affirmative Procurement Program (GPAPP) updated April 18, 2008
The GPAPP establishes Department-wide guidance and implements guidelines for an effective green purchasing program.