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Thomas D. Robinson, Chairperson
Tina Ballard, Executive Director

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Compliance Manual

The Compliance Manual is currently being updated and will be posted to this page shortly.

This manual is published by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission Directorate of Oversight and Compliance. It addresses the practices and procedures used by Commission compliance staff for conducting compliance reviews at AbilityOne nonprofit agencies (NPAs). It contains instructions on requirements for medical documentation, competitive employment assessments, direct labor ratio determinations and reviewing U.S. Department of Labor requirements. In addition, it contains information, interpretation and examples of compliance processes that the Commission staff is required or authorized to follow in compliance reviews of NPAs.

The manual does not have the force of law or the force of the rules in Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Among the requirements for an NPA to participate in the AbilityOne Program is that 75 percent of the NPA’s total direct labor hours must be performed by people who are blind or significantly disabled. To fulfill this and other compliance requirements successfully, NPA personnel must fully understand the Commission’s definitions of blind and significant disabilities, and the Commission’s requirements for documentation on those individuals who are being counted towards the direct labor ratio.

In light of the differences in definitions and Program requirements for people who are blind and for people who have other significant disabilities, the chapter on medical documentation and competitive employability is divided into separate sections. The law allows NPAs associated with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) to count only the direct labor hours of people who are blind towards the 75 percent direct labor ratio, while NPAs that are affiliated with SourceAmerica may count people who are blind as well as people with significant disabilities. SourceAmerica-affiliated NPAs that employ people who are blind should be familiar with the section on people who are blind because it contains the Commission’s requirements that must be met for the NPA’s blind employees.

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