AbilityOne Improvements Act Introduced

The AbilityOne Program uses the purchasing power of the federal government to buy products and services from participating nonprofits that train and employ people who are blind or have significant disabilities. The original law, the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act, makes AbilityOne supplies and services a purchase priority in federally-owned spaces. However, increasingly federal agencies are moving into leased spaced in privately-owned facilities. Introduced by Senators Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) and David Vitter (R-LA), the AbilityOne Improvements Act (S.1036) will apply the AbilityOne Program requirements when the federal government occupies 60 percent or more of the usable space within a private building or facility.

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