Mandatory Sources of Supply Required by Federal Services Contracts

Fulfill Your Supply Needs – Support the Mission – Comply With the Law

Purchasing products from AbilityOne® Program nonprofit agencies helps you fulfill your services contracts while supporting the program’s mission to create jobs for people who are blind or have significant disabilities.

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FAR Clause 52.208-9, Contractor Use of Mandatory Sources of Supply or Services, requires services contract holders to use AbilityOne products in performance of the contract.

Further, U.S. AbilityOne Commission® policy 51.542, Nonprofit Agency Use of AbilityOne Products in the Performance of AbilityOne Service Contracts, requires AbilityOne nonprofit agencies to purchase AbilityOne products in fulfillment of their services contracts.

The AbilityOne Program includes a wide range of products, including:

  • Office Products 
  • Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies
  • Food Operating Supplies
  • Kitchen Supplies
  • Restroom Supplies
  • Safety Supplies
  • Waste Management Supplies

Click here for a list of AbilityOne products commonly used in services contracts. [coming soon!]

How to Purchase AbilityOne Products

Services contract holders have multiple options to purchase AbilityOne products:

AbilityOne Authorized Distributors. The AbilityOne Program has partnered with hundreds of independent suppliers who carry AbilityOne products. You may already have established relationships with these suppliers, so ordering AbilityOne products is seamless and convenient. Ask your supplier if they carry AbilityOne products or visit https://www.abilityone.gov/distributors/independent.html to find an AbilityOne Authorized Distributor.

AbilityOne Nonprofit Agencies. Services contract holders can purchase directly from the AbilityOne manufacturing agency. This is a great option for blanket purchase agreements and other bulk orders. Agency representatives are standing by to provide technical assistance and help you with the ordering process. Visit https://www.abilityone.gov/abilityone_network/nonprofit.html to find an agency.

AbilityOne Base Supply Centers (BSCs). There are more than 150 BSCs on federal and military installations across the country. These stores carry thousands of AbilityOne products and also provide extensive warehousing and distribution capabilities to meet your needs. Click here to find a BSC near you: https://www.abilityone.gov/distributors/base_supply.html.

Other Resources

Visit AbilityOneCatalog.com for a full catalog of AbilityOne Program products.

Download a list of AbilityOne items commonly used in services contracts [coming soon!]

Download a slide presentation about the AbilityOne Program [coming soon!]

Access additional information on the U.S. AbilityOne Commission website.

NIB is available to provide training on the Commission’s policy and how you can purchase products from AbilityOne nonprofit agencies. Contact pricinginquiries@nib.org to learn more.

Applicable Regulations and Policies

FAR Clause 52.208-9, Contractor Use of Mandatory Sources of Supply or Services

U.S. AbilityOne Commission® Policy 51.542, Nonprofit Agency Use of AbilityOne Products in the Performance of AbilityOne Service Contracts

U.S. AbilityOne Commission Memo, Purchasing Mandatory Source Products for Use in Janitorial and Food Service Contracts, November 4, 2019