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AbilityOne and COVID-19

To fight COVID-19, the AbilityOne-participating nonprofit Austin Lighthouse for the Blind tripled the number of employees (like Brandon Colvin, above) working on hand sanitizer and soap products, and increased production from 1.2 million bottles of hand sanitizer annually to 13 million bottles between March 2020 and January 2021. AbilityOne has been a pivotal part of America’s response to the pandemic.

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Employs more than 42,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities

Employs more than 3,200 veterans, including wounded warriors

Provides SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne products

Operates at more than 1,000 locations representing 40 government agencies across 15 time zones including all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico

Operates more than 150 Base Supply Centers at military and government installations

Coordinates participation from approximately 500 nonprofit agencies nationwide

Nearly $4 billion of AbilityOne products and services were procured by the federal government in fiscal year 2020

Our largest customer is the Department of Defense, which annually procures more than $2.3 billion of AbilityOne products and services

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Commission main phone numbers -- 703-603-2100 or 703-328-2909

Materials from Commission Quarterly Public Meeting, July 8, 2021

Register for Commission Quarterly Public Meeting, July 8, 2021

     Federal Register Notice

Commission Rescinds Selected Policies and Procedure – May 19, 2021

Commission Issues Tribal Consultation Plan – April 26, 2021

AbilityOne Program Fee Ceilings for National Industries for the Blind and SourceAmerica, April 1, 2021, to September 30, 2023

Commission Issues Report to the President, March 2021

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DoD Submits Third Annual Report to Congress from “Panel on Department of Defense and AbilityOne Contracting Oversight, Accountability, and Integrity”

Jeffrey A. Koses and
Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Elected to Lead Commission – Feb. 4, 2021

Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Rehabilitation Services Administration of U.S. Department of Education, January 19, 2021

Commission Announces Initial 2021 Public Meetings

Commission Announces American Foundation for the Blind’s Successful Completion of Research and Studies Phase, and Decision to End Cooperative Agreement

Commission Issues FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report, November 16, 2020

"Increasing the Participation of Americans with Disabilities in Federal Contracting” – Office of Federal Procurement Policy, October 30, 2020

"National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the AbilityOne® Program” – Memo from Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, October 8, 2020

The U.S. AbilityOne Commission is the operating name for the Committee for Purchase
From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, an independent federal agency.

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