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J. Anthony Poleo, Chairperson
Tina Ballard, Executive Director

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Potential Distributors

A true opportunity awaits those interested in becoming an AbilityOne® Program authorized distributor. Administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, the AbilityOne Program creates jobs and training opportunities for individuals who are blind or have other significant disabilities. AbilityOne products are mandatory items under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR 8.7) and most carry the SKILCRAFT® brand name. Contractors providing supplies for use by Federal Government personnel are also required to provide mandatory items available through the AbilityOne Program, according to FAR Part 52.208-9.

Historically, AbilityOne supplies were distributed by the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). In 1995, the Commission clarified its regulations to allow the authorization of other AbilityOne distributors, in conjunction with the GSA "Desktop" Schedule (75IIIA) and a few single award contracts for supplies distribution. GSA has recently merged all of its office supply schedules into one Schedule 75 II A. Hardware and custodial/janitorial items are provided under GSA Schedule 51 Part V.

At this time, the recommended procedure for becoming an AbilityOne distributor is to make an offer on a GSA Schedule either for office supplies or hardware and custodial/janitorial supplies, or to receive an award from another Federal agency in tandem with completing the AbilityOne Application for Distributors which can be accessed below.

For more information about the AbilityOne Program and/or becoming an authorized AbilityOne distributor, please contact Eric Beale at (703) 603-2119 or by e-mail at ebeale@abilityone.gov. Answers to Distributor's Frequently Asked Questions are available in the Distributor FAQ.

Download AbilityOne Distributor Criteria for Authorization (MS Word document)

Download Application for AbilityOne Distributors (MS Word document)

ETS Files

The reference files provided below identify the commercial items available from the two authorized wholesalers that have been determined to be essentially the same (ETS) as items provided through the AbilityOne Program. The ETS commercial items should not be placed on any Federal contracts (especially the GSA 75 Schedule) or Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs). In addition, many of the ETS commercial items must be blocked from sale to Federal customers in an automated fashion through your order entry system.

Download Consolidated ETS File (XLS)

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Application for AbilityOne Distributors (MS Word document)

AbilityOne Distributor Criteria for Authorization (MS Word document)