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U.S. AbilityOne Commission issues final rule prohibiting payment of subminimum wages on AbilityOne contracts

   The U.S. AbilityOne Commission has issued its FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, the roadmap for accomplishing the Commission’s    priorities over the next five years.

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Employs approximately 40,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities

Employs more than 2,500 veterans, including wounded warriors

Provides SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne products

Operates at more than 1,000 locations, representing 40 government agencies, in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico

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

Coordinates participation from approximately 450 nonprofit agencies nationwide

Nearly $4 billion of AbilityOne products and services were procured by the federal government in fiscal year 2021

Our largest customer is the Department of Defense, which annually procures more than $2.1 billion of AbilityOne products and services

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Kimberly M. Zeich Named Commission Executive Director – September 27, 2022

Commission to Hold Public Meeting on October 25, 2022


Commission Issues Guidance on Nonprofit Agency Requests for Extensions to Comply with Ending Payment of Subminimum Wages on AbilityOne Contracts

White House Proclamation on Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26, 2022

     AbilityOne Featured in White      House ADA Anniversary Fact      Sheet Section on "Protect and      Strengthen Economic Security      for People with Disabilities"

Commission Ends Payment of Subminimum Wages on AbilityOne Contracts – July 21, 2022

     Federal Register Notice

Commission Issues FY 2022 2026 Strategic Plan - June 30, 2022

     Statement (PDF)

     Letter from Chairperson Koses (PDF)

     Highlights (PDF)

Commission to Hold Public Meeting on July 21, 2022

     Agenda (PDF)

     Advance Slides (PDF)

Virtual Listening Session with Advocacy Organizations on
April 25, 2022, for Discussion of Commission's Draft
FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (PDF)

     Agenda (PDF)

     Advance Slides (PDF)

     Video and Transcript

Commission Extends Public Comment Period Until
April 30 for Draft FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

Commission Releases Equity Action Plan

Commission to Reschedule Virtual Town Hall for Advocacy Organizations (PDF)

Virtual Town Hall on
April 14, 2022, for Advocacy Organizations to Discuss Commission Draft
FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (PDF)

Commission Holds Nonprofit Agency Virtual Town Hall on
April 8, 2022, for Discussion of Draft FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan (PDF)

     Agenda (PDF)

     Advance Slides (PDF)

     Video and Transcript

Memo for AbilityOne Nonprofit Agencies – "AbilityOne Flexibilities Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and Recovery for the Duration of Fiscal Year 2022" – April 6, 2022 (PDF)

Commission Issues Draft
FY 2022-2026 Strategic Plan

Commission Extends Public Comment Period on Its Strategic Plan Core Aspects, Will Issue Final Draft FY 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan for Comment in March (PDF)

Commission Issues FY 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan Core Aspects: Public Comments Due by February 22, 2022 (PDF)

     FY 2022 – 2026 Strategic Plan Core Aspects (PDF)

Commission to Hold Public Meeting on February 10, 2022

     Advance Agenda (PDF)

     Advance Slides (PDF)

     Federal Register Notice

White House Fact Sheet: Advancing Disability Inclusive Democracy in the United States and Globally – December 3, 2021

White House Proclamation on International Day of Persons With Disabilities, 2021 – December 2, 2021

Commission Issues FY 2021 Performance and Accountability Report – November 15, 2021 (PDF)

Commission Extends Deadline to December 12, 2021, for Written Comments in Response to Proposed Rule on 14(c)

Proposed Rule – “Prohibition on the Payment of Subminimum Wages under 14(c) Certificates as a Qualification for Participation as a Nonprofit Agency under the Javits Wagner O'Day Program” – October 12, 2021

U.S. AbilityOne Commission Proposes Rule to Prohibit Payment of Subminimum Wages on AbilityOne Contracts (PDF) – October 7, 2021

Commission Public Meeting – October 7

     Advance Agenda (PDF)

     Advance Slides (PDF)

America’s Recovery Is Powered by Inclusion – Inclusion Is Powered by AbilityOne (PDF)

“2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the AbilityOne Program” – Memo from John M. Tenaglia, Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting – October 1, 2021

Safer Federal Workforce Task Force – COVID-19 Workplace Safety: Guidance for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Chai Feldblum Elected Vice Chairperson of U.S. AbilityOne Commission – September 2, 2021

Commission Compliance FAQs Updated – August 20, 2021

President Biden Appoints Four Private Citizen Members to Commission – August 13, 2021

     White House Announcement on Appointments to Commission

     New Private Citizen Members’ Statements and Bios

Commission Leadership Changes – Staff and Office of Inspector General – July 30, 2021

Commission Issues Tribal Consultation Plan – April 26, 2021

Commission Issues Report to the President, March 2021



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

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