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AbilityOne and COVID-19

The USNS Comfort arrives in New York Harbor on March 30, 2020, to support national, state and local response to COVID-19. The hospital ship will provide approximately 1,000 beds for urgent care patients not infected with the virus, relieving pressure on local hospital systems. People with disabilities employed by VersAbility Resources, an AbilityOne-participating nonprofit in Hampton, Virginia, loaded the ship with enough meals to feed the 1,000-plus crew members for three weeks.
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Employs approximately 45,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities

Employs approximately 3,000 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 and Guam

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 2019

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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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

Jeffrey A. Koses and
Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Elected to Lead Commission on Interim Basis – October 6, 2020

Memo for AbilityOne Nonprofit Agencies – “AbilityOne Flexibilities Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and Recovery for the Duration of Fiscal Year 2021” – October 1, 2020

VA Issues Guidance on Implementing H.R. 4920

Commission Update – AbilityOne Response to COVID-19 Crisis, July 9, 2020

     NIB & COVID-19

     AFB & COVID-19

Commission Chairperson Statement on the
Death of George Floyd

Presidential Appointees Jeffrey A. Koses and Mark Schultz Sworn In as Commission Members

     Jeffrey Koses biography

     Mark Schultz biography

Procurement List Change -- Scope Expanded for Make-To-Order Kits, and Manufacturing and Development Assistance – Available to All Contracting Activities During National Emergency -- April 9, 2020

Commission Sets 2020-2021 AbilityOne Program Fee Ceilings for National Industries for the Blind and SourceAmerica

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Memo for AbilityOne Nonprofit Agencies – “AbilityOne Flexibilities Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and Recovery for the Duration of Fiscal Year 2020” – April 1, 2020

Memo for Senior Procurement Executives – “AbilityOne Contingency Support Operations and Communications (CSOC) Team and COVID‑19 National Emergency Guidance” –
April 1, 2020

Commission in Telework Status

Commission Letter to NIB and SourceAmerica on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) –
March 23, 2020

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