Alphabet Soup: A is for…Ability

Ability One (aka JWOD, the Jarvit’s Wagner O’Day Act) requires federal agencies to purchase certain products and services from the National Institutes for the Blind (NIB) and the National Institute for the Severely Handicapped (NISH).   


The program supplies both products, (janitorial, office, paper goods, medical supplies and more) and services (such as janitorial, warehouse, recycling, food services, laundry and grounds maintenance).


If you supply any of these items, you should be aware of what the Ability One program provides. Federal agencies may still be able to purchase from you, if they are not “essentially the same: as the items provided by Ability One. 

For example, Ability One could provide a generic cleaning product, but your product may be more specialized, have better environmental qualities and so on. Determination of ‘Essentially the Same’ is made by Ability One.  Alternatively you may wish to apply to become a distributor of their products


ABVS Automated Best Value System

Information on how well a vendor has fulfilled the terms of any previous contracts. 

Advantage!® GSA’s  online shopping  Website

Allows all federal agencies to view and purchase products and services offered by GSA contract holders.  

ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

President Obama’s 2009 act aims to boost the economy and create jobs.

ASFI Army Single Face to Industry.

Website for Army sales opportunities


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