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CPBSD RIN: 3037-AA14 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Supporting Competition in the AbilityOne Program 

The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee), operating as the U.S. AbilityOne Commission (Commission), is publishing a final rule clarifying the Commission’s authority to consider different pricing methodologies in establishing the initial Fair Market Price (FMP) for Procurement List (PL) additions and changes to the FMP; and better defining the parameters for conducting competitive distributions amongst multiple authorized nonprofit agencies (NPAs). Pursuant to these changes, a Federal agency will be able to request that the central nonprofit agency (CNA) distribute an order on a competitive basis, subject to Commission approval.  Lastly, the final rule further clarifies the Commission’s authority to authorize and deauthorize NPAs from the PL and requires all NPAs to provide the right of first refusal of employment to the current employees of an incumbent NPA, who are blind or have significant disabilities, for positions for which they are qualified. 

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: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: None     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. 85   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/13/2023  88 FR 15360   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/11/2023 
Final Rule  02/00/2024 
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:
Cassandra Assefa
Regulatory & Policy Counsel
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
355 E Street NW, Suite 325,
Washington, DC 20034
Phone:202 430-9886