United States of America: Procurement preferences for domestic biobased goods
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is instituting Federal procurement preferences for products that substitute sufficient domestic biobased content for imported petroleum inputs. In the final rule, published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2012 (Vol.77 No.65), the department is designating thirteen product categories for the preferred procurement program. They range from air fresheners and deodorizers to wood and concrete stains. To qualify for preferred procurement a product must be within a designated product category and must contain at least the minimum biobased content established for the designated item. USDA invites the manufacturers and vendors of qualifying products to provide information on the product, contacts, and performance testing for posting on its BioPreferred Web site, http://www.biopreferred.gov.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
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GTA Evaluation: Amber
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