Federal contractors - have you recently updated your reps and certs in SAM?
If you've recently been in GSA's System for Awards Management, you've run into the new FAR requirement for certain contractors to make representations about their public disclosure of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories and goals. For more background on the rule, check out our prior blog posts here and here.
If you haven't recently updated your reps and certs, the new representations are required for most contractors under FAR provisions 52.204-7 and 52.223-22 (and an equivalent at 52.212-3 for commercial/COTS items).
The trigger is simple: If your company received $7.5+ million in Federal contracts during the prior Federal fiscal year, you are required to make the representations. If your company was below $7.5 million in FY16, you may voluntarily choose to report on your public GHG disclosures but are not required do to so.
The GHG reps appear in Question 32 (FAR response page 4). The image below is a screen shot from the SAM reps section, after selecting "yes" for the first value (i.e., the company received $7.5+ million in Federal contracts during the prior Federal fiscal year).
The image below is from the most recent SAM Questionnaire for Representations and Certifications (Reps and Certs user guide) (February 24, 2017).
There is a noted departure between the final FAR rule and how the representation is stated in SAM. The SAM language implies that GHG emissions inventories and goals must be publicly disclosed (for those with $7.5+M the prior Federal fiscal year). In the final rule making, however, the FAR Council was very clear that they are only seeking information about whether companies are making public GHG disclosures. So, the FAR just requires you to report whether or not you publicly disclose GHG emissions inventories/reduction goals. If you already publicly disclose either an emissions inventory and/or reduction goals, you are required to provide a link to the publicly accessible web site where the disclosure(s) have been made.
If you're new to GHG emissions reporting or goal setting, we can help you navigate these new representations. Give us a call at (888) 807-5237 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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