Frequent Questions

How do Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) Facility Partners achieve annual recognition?

Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) Facility Partners may apply for and receive annual recognition at one of four levels - Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. The application process is simple:

  1. Complete the necessary Mandatory Activities, Optional Activities and Mentoring Activities for the desired award level, during the fiscal year;
  2. Ensure that your facility submitted its Baseline Survey after joining the FEC;
  3. Submit the Annual Reporting Form for the fiscal year; and
  4. Submit an Award Application by January 31 following the end of the fiscal year.

After the end of the fiscal year, Partners may submit their Award Application to the FEC:

  1. Login to the FEC reporting system at FedCenter;
  2. Select "Request Award Application" from the FEC Reporting Menu in the left sidebar and submit a request for an Award Application form. Please allow three (3) business days for the setup of your facility's Award Application at FedCenter;
  3. Return and login to the FEC reporting system at FedCenter to access the Award Application;
  4. Select "Award Nominations" from the FEC Reporting Menu in the left sidebar; and
  5. In the Facility Partner Award Nominations table, click on your Facility name in that row to enter, update or submit your Award Application data.

Award applications are due January 31 following the end of the fiscal year, and should reference activities completed between October 1 and September 30. There will be no extensions to the award application due date.

Recognizing that compliance with environmental regulatory requirements is a fundamental responsibility of Federal agencies and Federal employees at all levels, each applying facility will be subject to a review of background information on their environmental regulatory compliance status and enforcement history. This process will include consideration of information in EPA's Online Tracking Information System (OTIS), which is available to federal agencies and facilities online in addition to other compliance and enforcement information. In general, chronic non-compliance in any environmental media and/or recent or ongoing criminal or certain civil enforcement activity will be considered a basis for disqualification.

Applying facilities should review their compliance status and history prior to submitting their application online. Registrants that do not concur with their facility information in OTIS should provide information for consideration during the compliance screen stating why they believe the OTIS data is incorrect or not applicable to the facility. This information may be uploaded as part of the supporting documentation.


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