Priority Purchasing with The AbilityOne Program
Of the more than $37 billion spent last year through the GSA Schedule Program, millions of that went to AbilityOne distributors and qualified nonprofit agencies. The AbilityOne Program is a Federal initiative to help people who are blind or have other significant disabilities find employment by working within a national network of over 600 Nonprofit Agencies that sell products and services to the U.S. government. The AbilityOne Network manufactures the SKILCRAFT® brand of products, encompassing a line of over 3,000 items including:
- Food processing and packaging;
- Office and Technology products;
- Medical Supplies and Equipment;
- Cleaning and Janitorial products and equipment;
- Medical supplies;
- Mattress and Bedding products;
- Laundry services;
- Furniture and Hardware Tools;
Priority Purchasing: One reason that AbilityOne network organizations received millions of dollars in Federal purchases last year is that they are given priority purchasing. The government is required to evaluate procuring AbilityOne products before looking at GSA Schedule holders. AbilityOne procurements are even authorized for certain exceptions to regulations about full and open competition, because these procurements are considered “other than competitive” under the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA).
Ease of Contract Administration: Another benefit to being an AbilityOne organization is the ease with which you will be able to manage your contract vehicle. Since agencies need to procure AbilityOne products, the modifications to add SkillCraft products and implement economic price adjustments are accepted much easier than non-AbilityOne products. Lastly, AblityOne contractors meet Federal guidelines for a qualified contract specialist to provide contract management support services, including assistance with contract administration, negotiation, and post-award vendor follow-up and training.
If you would like to discuss how you can expand your government business and take advantage of priority purchasing as a GSA Schedule contractor, contact us anytime for assistance.