Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The information presented in this preamble is organized as follows:
The Guidelines for Designating Biobased Products for Federal Procurement (the Guidelines) were established under the authority of section 9002 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), 7 U.S.C. 8102 (referred to in this document as “section 9002”), as amended by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58).
On March 16, 2006, USDA published in the
In the March 16, 2006,
This final rule amends subsections 2902.12(c) and 2902.15(c) to specify the dates by which procuring agencies must give procurement preference to biobased products within the water tank coatings and bedding, bed linens, and towels designated items, respectively. USDA is establishing a preference effective date of November 20, 2007 for these two designated items. This effective date allows procuring agencies a one-year period for the implementation of the procurement preference.
This rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12866. This rule has been determined to be not significant for the purposes of Executive Order 12866, and therefore has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
This final rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights, and does not contain policies that would have implications for these rights.
This final rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This rule does not preempt State or local laws, is not intended to have retroactive effect, and does not involve administrative appeals.
This final rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a Federalism Assessment. Provisions of this rule will not have a substantial direct effect on States or their political subdivisions or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various government levels.
This final rule contains no Federal mandates under the regulatory provisions of Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA), 2 U.S.C. 1531-1538, for State, local, and tribal governments, or the private sector. Therefore, a statement under section 202 of UMRA is not required.
For the reasons set forth in the Final Rule Related Notice for 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V (48 FR 29115, June 24, 1983), this program is excluded from the scope of the Executive Order 12372, which requires intergovernmental consultation with State and local officials. This program does not directly affect State and local governments.
Today's final rule does not significantly or uniquely affect “one or more Indian tribes, * * * the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or * * * the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.” Thus, no further action is required under Executive Order 13175.
Biobased products, Procurement.
7 U.S.C. 8102.