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Policy Archive

Policy memoranda which have been superseded are listed below.

Administrative Memos Archive

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Update Administrative Memorandum Number 2: Committee Meetings has been superseded by 51.201 – U.S. AbilityOne Commission Meetings (PDF)

Update Administrative Memorandum Number 5: Delegation of Authority to Executive Director has been superseded by 51.205 - Delegation of Authority to Executive Director (PDF)

Administrative Memorandum Number 6: Safeguarding Confidential Commercial Information (PDF)
This memorandum prescribes the procedures the Commission will follow prior to releasing documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, which may contain confidential commercial information, in accord with the Commission FOIA regulation on business information, 41 CFR 51-8.8.

Update Administrative Memorandum Number 8: Nomination and Election of Committee Officers and Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson Responsibilities has been superseded by 51.202 - Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson Nomination and Election Process and Responsibilities (PDF)

Update Administrative Memorandum Number 9: Committee Voting Protocols has been superseded by 51.203 - U.S. AbilityOne Commission Voting Protocols (PDF)

Update Administrative Memorandum Number 10: No cameras or recording devices policy has been superseded by 51.201 U.S. AbilityOne Commission Meetings (PDF) Approval of Procurement List Additions or Deletions (PDF)

Compliance Memos Archive

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Compliance Memorandum Number 1: Qualification Procedure for Nonprofit Agencies (PDF)
This memorandum prescribes the procedure a nonprofit agency must follow to become qualified to furnish either a commodity or a service under the Javits Wagner O'Day (JWOD) Act.

Compliance Memorandum Number 2: NISH Representation of Nonprofit Agencies Serving Individuals who are Blind (PDF)
This memorandum provides guidance regarding the representation of nonprofit agencies serving individuals who are blind by NISH.

Compliance Memorandum Number 3: Documentation Requirements for NIB, NISH,and umbrella organizations (PDF)
This memorandum delineates the record keeping procedures for National Industries for the Blind (NIB), NISH, and nonprofit umbrella organizations with subordinate elements that are treated as separate nonprofit agencies under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act.

Compliance Memorandum Number 4: Nonprofit Agency Organization-wide Direct Labor Ratio Requirements (PDF)
Compliance Memorandum Number 4 concerns nonprofit agency organization-wide direct labor ratio requirements and provides interim guidance related to the percentage of the direct labor hours performed in a qualified nonprofit agency during any fiscal year.

Compliance Memorandum Number 5: AbilityOne® Program Direct Labor Ratio Requirements (PDF)
Compliance Memorandum Number 5 concerns AbilityOne Program direct labor ratio requirements and provides interim guidance for the direct labor hour ratios for total AbilityOne work completed by a qualified nonprofit agency and for work completed on individual AbilityOne projects.

Compliance Memorandum Number 6: Reporting Direct Labor Hours of Trainees (PDF)
This memorandum provides guidance for reporting the direct labor hours of individuals employed in a nonprofit agency under Federal, State or local vocational training programs (hereinafter trainees).

Compliance Memorandum Number 7: On Site Compliance Reviews (PDF)
This memorandum outlines the procedures to be followed by the staff of the Committee for Purchase From People Who are Blind or Severely Disabled, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH in conducting on site compliance reviews of nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program. It also explains what information the nonprofit agencies are responsible for providing during such reviews. In addition, this memorandum prescribes the follow up procedures for the Committee, NIB, or NISH staff member conducting the visit and the nonprofit agency being reviewed.

Compliance Memorandum Number 9: Equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities at AbilityOne participating nonprofit agencies (PDF)
This memorandum describes the provisions for ensuring equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities at all levels of employment in nonprofit agencies participating in the AbilityOne Program. The Committee seeks to ensure that participating nonprofit agencies establish procedures to encourage filling of all types of employment vacancies by promotion of qualified individuals who are blind or have other disabilities.

Pricing Memos Archive

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Pricing Memorandum Number 1: Fair Market Pricing Policy for AbilityOne® Products and Services
This memorandum summarizes the policies and practices established by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission® for determining Fair Market Prices (FMP) for products and services provided under the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act [41 U.S.C. 46-48(c)].

Pricing Memorandum Number 2: Fair Market Price Determination for AbilityOne Product Contracts
The purpose of Pricing Memorandum Number 2 (PR-2) is to prescribe policies and requirements for Fair Market Prices (FMP) recommendations for products or commodities supplied to the Federal Government in accordance with the terms of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (41 USC 46-48c).

Pricing Memorandum Number 3: Fair Market Price Determination for AbilityOne (formerly Javits-Wagner-O'Day) Service Contracts
The purpose of Pricing Memorandum Number 3 (PR-3) is to prescribe policies and requirements for recommending the Fair Market Price (FMP) for an AbilityOne service contract.

Pricing Memorandum Number 19: AbilityOne Price and Price-Related Impasse and Dispute Resolution Procedures
Pricing Memorandum Number 19 (Impasse Memo) prescribes procedures for resolving price and price-related disputes between parties in the exercise and administration of the AbilityOne Program.

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Pricing Memorandum Number 1 (PDF)

Pricing Memorandum Number 2 (PDF)

Pricing Memorandum Number 3 (PDF)

Pricing Memorandum Number 19 (PDF)

Operations Memos Archive

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Pricing policy memoranda will be listed below when they have been superseded.

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