Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement (Reinstatment)

ICR 202208-2070-005

OMB: 2070-0199

Federal Form Document

Forms and Documents
Document
Name
Status
Form and Instruction
Modified
Supplementary Document
2022-08-11
Supplementary Document
2022-08-11
Supplementary Document
2022-08-11
Supplementary Document
2022-08-11
Supporting Statement A
2022-08-11
IC Document Collections
IC ID
Document
Title
Status
217875 Modified
ICR Details
2070-0199 202208-2070-005
Received in OIRA 201508-2070-001
EPA/OCSPP 2516.04
Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement (Reinstatment)
Reinstatement without change of a previously approved collection   No
Regular 08/12/2022
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved
200 0
707 0
0 0

This ICR, which seeks to reinstate a previously approved ICR, covers the information collection activities associated with the Agency's evaluation of private sector standards and ecolabels per EPAs Framework for the Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing (Framework), formerly referred to as the Guidelines. EPAs goal in developing this Framework is to create a transparent, fair, and consistent approach to selecting product environmental performance standards and ecolabels to support the Agency's mission and federal sustainable acquisition goals and mandates. The fundamental aim of this Framework is to establish a cross-sector approach to be used in recognizing private sector environmental performance standards (and consequently, environmentally preferable products and services meeting these standards) for use in federal purchasing. The Framework includes scoping questions and four sections: 1.Criteria for the Process for Developing Standards refers to the procedures used to develop, maintain, and update an environmental standard. 2.Criteria for the Environmental Effectiveness of the Standards refers to the criteria in the environmental standard or ecolabel that support the claim of environmental preferability. 3.Criteria for Conformity Assessment refers to the procedures and practices by which products are assessed for conformity to the requirements specified by standards and ecolabeling programs. 4. Criteria for Management of Ecolabeling Programs refers to the organizational and management practices of an ecolabeling program. In 2016, EPA conducted a pilot to test the original set of criteria within the Framework against standards and ecolabels in the flooring, furniture, and paints/coatings categories. EPA has made several edits to the Framework based on lessons learned from the pilot and the desire to address a broader range of sectors with a more streamlined set of criteria. In this next phase of work, EPA intends to expand its recommendations by assessing standards and ecolabels in purchase categories that support Executive Order 14008 Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad and Executive Order 14057 on Catalyzing American Clean Energy Industries and Jobs through Federal Sustainability.

US Code: 15 USC 272 note Name of Law: National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act
   US Code: 42 USC 13103(b)(11) Name of Law: Pollution Prevention Act
  
None

Not associated with rulemaking

  87 FR 11426 03/01/2022
87 FR 49826 08/12/2022
Yes

1
IC Title Form No. Form Name
Private Sector 9600-038 EPA Framework for the Assess. Of Env.

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 200 0 0 200 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 707 0 0 707 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Yes
Miscellaneous Actions
No
This is a reinstatement, so there is currently no approved burden and costs. As described in more detail in the ICR, the program has been modified based on the previously approved activities associated with the 2016 pilot. For the pilot, respondents were asked to respond to all criteria and provide a broader range of supporting documentation as evidence. The average time spent per ecolabel on completing the final pilot Framework in 2016 was 15 hours. Given changes made to this new version of the Framework to streamline criteria required for response and to limit supporting documentation for submission the average burden is estimated to be 8.5 hours per response (average 12 hours for respondents that did not participate in the pilot; average 5 hours for respondents that did previously participate in the pilot).

$32,081
No
    No
    No
No
No
No
No
Angela Hofmann 202 260-2922 [email protected]

  No

On behalf of this Federal agency, I certify that the collection of information encompassed by this request complies with 5 CFR 1320.9 and the related provisions of 5 CFR 1320.8(b)(3).
The following is a summary of the topics, regarding the proposed collection of information, that the certification covers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    (i) Why the information is being collected;
    (ii) Use of information;
    (iii) Burden estimate;
    (iv) Nature of response (voluntary, required for a benefit, or mandatory);
    (v) Nature and extent of confidentiality; and
    (vi) Need to display currently valid OMB control number;
 
 
 
If you are unable to certify compliance with any of these provisions, identify the item by leaving the box unchecked and explain the reason in the Supporting Statement.
08/12/2022


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