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The federal government buys about $200 billion worth of goods and services each year. Through its purchasing decisions, the federal government can signal its commitment to preventing pollution, reducing solid waste, increasing recycling, and stimulating markets for environmentally friendly products.
A survey of planning procedures for computer resources in the Department of the Interior showed that the National Park Service had not complied with the plans and decisions of the central automatic data processing policy officer of the Department.
Contrary to the intent of the National Environmental Policy Act, major decisions were being made to start designing or constructing public works projects before environmental impact statements were completed.