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The hands of this SKILCRAFT® clock stopped when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Recovered from the debris, the clock is now displayed at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, which honors the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993. Displayed with the clock is a seatbelt from Flight 77.
The clock is one of more than 6 million that have been produced by The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. Photo by Dominic Calabrese, The Chicago Lighthouse.

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Employs more than 42,000 people who are blind or have significant disabilities

Employs more than 3,200 veterans, including wounded warriors

Provides SKILCRAFT® and other AbilityOne products

Operates at more than 1,000 locations, representing 40 government agencies, in all 50 states, Guam and Puerto Rico

Operates more than 150 Base Supply Centers at military and government installations

Coordinates participation from approximately 500 nonprofit agencies nationwide

Nearly $4 billion of AbilityOne products and services were procured by the federal government in fiscal year 2020

Our largest customer is the Department of Defense, which annually procures more than $2.3 billion of AbilityOne products and services

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Chai Feldblum Elected Vice Chairperson of U.S. AbilityOne Commission – September 2, 2021

Commission to Hold Public Meeting on October 7


Commission Compliance FAQs Updated – August 20, 2021

President Biden Appoints Four Private Citizen Members to Commission – August 13, 2021

     White House Announcement on Appointments to Commission

     New Private Citizen Members’ Statements and Bios

Commission Leadership Changes – Staff and Office of Inspector General – July 30, 2021

Materials from Commission Quarterly Public Meeting, July 8, 2021

Register for Commission Quarterly Public Meeting, July 8, 2021

     Federal Register Notice

Commission Rescinds Selected Policies and Procedure – May 19, 2021

Commission Issues Tribal Consultation Plan – April 26, 2021

AbilityOne Program Fee Ceilings for National Industries for the Blind and SourceAmerica, April 1, 2021, to September 30, 2023

Commission Issues Report to the President, March 2021


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DoD Submits Third Annual Report to Congress from “Panel on Department of Defense and AbilityOne Contracting Oversight, Accountability, and Integrity”

Jeffrey A. Koses and
Robert T. Kelly, Jr., Elected to Lead Commission – Feb. 4, 2021

Commission Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Rehabilitation Services Administration of U.S. Department of Education, January 19, 2021

Commission Announces Initial 2021 Public Meetings

Commission Announces American Foundation for the Blind’s Successful Completion of Research and Studies Phase, and Decision to End Cooperative Agreement

Commission Issues FY 2020 Performance and Accountability Report, November 16, 2020

"Increasing the Participation of Americans with Disabilities in Federal Contracting” – Office of Federal Procurement Policy, October 30, 2020

"National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the AbilityOne® Program” – Memo from Kim Herrington, Acting Principal Director, Defense Pricing and Contracting, October 8, 2020

The U.S. AbilityOne Commission is the operating name for the Committee for Purchase
From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, an independent federal agency.

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