Executive Order 13101
Executive Order 13101 was signed by Clinton in 1998 as a follow-up to Executive Order 12873 to strengthen "buy-recycled" initiatives in the federal government. The new order eliminated the loopholes for availability and price, requiring copy and writing paper purchased to contain 30 percent post-consumer content when available, and mandating at leat 20 percent post-consumer content in all purchases.
Click here to see the full text of Executive Order 13101.
Compliance in federal agencies with buy-recycled laws has greatly improved over the years. For recycled copy paper, for example, compliance is up from a mere 12 percent in 1994 to 98 percent in 2000.
In a report prepared by the White House Task Force on Recycling in 2000, the following accomplishments in federal purchasing were highlighted:
Please view the full text of Greening the Government: A report to the president on federal leadership and progress (this is a pdf file).
What is Still Needed
Despite these advances toward greening the government, much is still needed for federal agencies to be in full compliance for all recycled product catagories. A report put out by GAO in June 2001 sites the following as shortcomings in federal agencies green procurement:
View the full text of the report Federal
Procurement: Better guidance and monitoring needed to assess purchases of
environmentally friendly products in Adobe Acrobat.
The Government Purchasing Project is a project of the Center for Responsive Law.