GSA AbilityOne Conference Addresses the Needs of the Blind or Disabled

By Marie-Alice Denis
General Services Administration

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 – The AbilityOne Program that provides employment opportunities for people who are blind or with significant disabilities will hold a joint virtual conference with the General Services Administration on April 6-7.

To curb travel expenses and continue to move toward the zero environmental footprint the annual meeting co-hosted by the Public Buildings Service will be virtual and combine videoconferencing and webinar technology.

This year’s theme will focus on the rededication of the GSA/AbilityOne strategic alliance. The agenda includes updates on a greening initiative, Building Owners Managers Association/LMI data, and providing quality service with current budget constraints. The result will be a more efficient and cost-effective way for GSA to contract for building services through the AbilityOne Program.

The initial alliance, signed Nov.4, 2001, was created in partnership with input from the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, all GSA and NISH regions, and representatives from other AbilityOne entities. The vision is to establish a strategic alliance for long-term mutual benefit that delivers improved processes for contracting; recognizes the AbilityOne Program as the vendor of choice; and values market-pricing, job creation, ease of process, flexibility, quality, industry innovation, and environmentally sustainable business practices.

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