The word “procurement” just means “buying,” but it also means buying within a framework of rules. The rules for Federal purchasing are detailed by the Federal Acquisitions Regulations, and within the FAR are the rules that apply to the AbilityOne program products. The FAR follows established laws and regulations so that any purchases made with federal funding are done responsibly, transparently and with consistency. Laws such as the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act established the AbilityOne® program and their mandatory procurement items. The U.S. AbilityOne Commission®, the federal agency that oversees the AbilityOne® Program, maintains the list of specific products and services known as the AbilityOne Procurement List. The items on this list are fulfilled by nonprofit agencies (NPAs) that employ people with disabilities, as well as people who are blind.
Federal agencies are required to procure products on this list ahead of any similar products.
The AbilityOne Commission® determines whether a product should be added to, or removed from, the Procurement List based on the suitability criteria established in the Code of Federal Regulations. The Commission also establishes the fair market price for the product at the time it is added. After products have been added, federal agencies are required to purchase them from the designated Non-Profit Agencies through standard purchasing sources (GSA, DLA, etc.).
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