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