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CPBSD RIN: 3037-AA01 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: AbilityOne Program; Determining Whether Commodities Are "Essentially the Same" 
Abstract:

The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee), which is responsible for administering the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act through the AbilityOne Program, proposes to amend its regulations by adding guidelines for Federal agencies’ use in determining whether commercial commodities are "essentially the same" as items on the Procurement List. The Procurement List is the official list of commodities and services that the Committee has determined to be suitable to be provided to the Government by nonprofit agencies employing people who are blind or who have other severe disabilities and that must be purchased from the source designated by the Committee, pursuant to the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act and its implementing regulations. The proposed guidelines for Federal agencies will incorporate the definition of the term essentially the same (ETS) and clarify its applicability. Currently the term "ETS" appears in Committee regulations and is defined in agency policy. The proposed guidelines will assist acquisition personnel to comply with the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.

 
Agency: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled(CPBSD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 41 CFR 51   
Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. ch 85   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  05/00/2017 
ANPRM Comment Period End  07/00/2017 
Additional Information: Includes Retrospective Review under E.O.13563.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kimberly Zeich
Deputy Executive Director
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715,
Arlington, VA 22202-3259
Phone:703 603-2130
Fax:703 603-0655
Email: kzeich@abilityone.gov