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U.S. AbilityOne Commission Office of Inspector General

U.S. AbilityOne Commission

The AbilityOne Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission, the operating name of the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. The Commission is an independent Federal agency composed of 15 Presidential appointees: 11 represent Federal agencies, and four serve as private citizens who are knowledgeable about employment barriers facing people who are blind or have significant disabilities.

U.S. AbilityOne Program

The AbilityOne Program facilitates the use of government procurement to provide employment in the United States for people who are blind or have significant disabilities. More than 36,000 individuals, including more than 2,500 veterans, are employed nationwide at approximately 450 nonprofit agencies from Maine to Guam. AbilityOne provided nearly $4 billion in products and services to approximately 40 Federal government agencies in FY 2022.

U.S. AbilityOne Commission Office of Inspector General

On December 18, 2015, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) amended the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act) and created the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at AbilityOne as a designated federal entity IG.  The OIG is responsible for conducting audits and investigations, recommending policies and procedures that promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of agency resources and programs, and detecting and preventing fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. The IG Act requires the IG to keep the Commission and Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies in the Commission’s operations and the need for any corrective action.

U.S. AbilityOne Commission OIG News

Quarterly Audit Recommendation Status Report (4th Quarter, FY2021)

We are pleased to provide the Office of Inspector General (OIG) Quarterly Audit Recommendation Status Report. As of September 30th, 2021, there are 58 open recommendations, 6 of which were reported as “implemented” by management; and 3 of the remaining 52 categorized as “Overdue.” Since the date of the OIG’s last recommendation status report, dated July 30th, 2021, no new recommendations were added, and 11 recommendations were closed.

Top Management and Performance Challenges Report

OIG is pleased to provide the Top Management Challenges Report.  In accordance with the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, the Office of Inspector General reports on the most serious management and performance challenges facing the U.S. AbilityOne Commission.  In this year’s Top Management and Performance Challenges Report, we include the most pressing challenges and added two watch list items.

Audit of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission’s Financial Statements for Fiscal Year 2021

The OIG contracted with the independent certified public accounting firm, Allmond & Company, LLC (Allmond), to audit the Commission’s financial statements and related footnotes. Allmond found the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Commission as of September 30, 2021 and 2020, and its net costs, changes in net position, and budgetary resources for the fiscal year then ended in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Evaluation of the U.S. AbilityOne Commission’s Compliance with FISMA for Fiscal Year 2021

The Office of the Inspector General is required by the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) to conduct an annual independent evaluation that determines the effectiveness of the information security program (ISP) and practices of its respective agency. To that end, the Office of Inspector General engaged the independent public accounting firm McConnell & Jones LLP (M&J) to conduct the annual evaluation and complete the FY 2021 IG FISMA Reporting Metrics.