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AbilityOne Program

USDA and AbilityOne - Partnering to increase job opportunities for people who are blind or have severe disabilities

AbilityOne - formerly JWODThe purchase of AbilityOne Program products and services by federal customers provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or have severe disabilities.

The AbilityOne Program, formerly known as JWOD, is administered by the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) through two central non-profit agencies, the National Industries for the Blind, and NISH (serving people with a range of disabilities). NIB and NISH work with over 600 nonprofit agencies across the country, as well as in Puerto Rico and Guam.

At USDA, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is responsible for administering and setting policy for the AbilityOne (formerly known as JWOD) Program. USDA is one of 11 Federal agencies represented on the Committee.

On May 23, 2007, USDA became the only cabinet-level Federal agency to establish an AbilityOne Program procurement goal. Departmental Regulation 5080-001 outlines procedures, requirements, and performance measurements for increasing USDA's participation in the AbilityOne Program.

For more information about the AbilityOne Program, contact Herbert Brown (USDA AbilityOne Program Liaison), an agency-specific AbilityOne Liaisons, or visit the AbilityOne Program website for answers to frequently asked questions.


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