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Driving BioPreferred® With The Presidential Memorandum


This free seminar is ideal for all Federal employees and Federal contractors who purchase or who contract for the purchase of products and services, including Contracting Officers, Procurement Professionals, Sustainability Officers and Managers, and Technical and Program Managers.


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Course Description:

The Feb. 21, 2012 Presidential Memorandum – Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement raises the bar for biobased purchasing in the Federal sector.

Find out what the Memorandum means for you and your agency. Gain insight from top experts who will share the latest information on:

  • Goals and priorities that underpin the urgency of Federal efforts
  • New requirements that accelerate biobased procurement preferences
  • Tips for reporting biobased purchasing on the OMB Agency Scorecard


Ron Buckhalt, Program Manager, USDA

Ron Buckhalt manages USDA’s BioPreferred® program, a mandatory Federal procurement program that requires all Federal agencies to buy and use biobased products designated by USDA. The program also has a voluntary consumer label, “USDA Certified Biobased Product".

Cyndi Vallina, OMB Senior Analyst, Executive Office of the President

Cynthia Vallina oversees government-wide implementation of Executive Order 13514 on sustainability . She developed the Energy and Sustainability Scorecard concept and conducts biannual assessments of agency progress.

Linda Mesaros, President of Mesaros Associates, Inc., and consultant to the USDA BioPreferred® Program

Ms Mesaros served as Acting Federal Environmental Executive and Chief of Staff of a White House Task Force, and as Deputy Associate Administrator for Procurement Innovation at the Office of Management and Budget.

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