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The dial in (audio only) number is 1-571-403-9146, Phone Conference ID: 890 524 178# Speakers:Amy Jensen, Acting Deputy Executive Director, U.S. AbilityOne CommissionBreck Richardson, Deputy Director, Business Operations (Pricing), AbilityOne CommissionCarla Goulart, Senior Director, AbilityOne Strategic Business Development, SourceAmericaMatt Buchanan, ABOR Business Development Manager, National Industries for the BlindCandace "Candy" Hartley, Palmetto GoodwillDescription: During this 90-minute session, experts from the AbilityOne Program will discuss: AbilityOne: Development and Determination of the Fair Market PriceLearn how your actions in defense acquisition can make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. The Federal acquisition workforce supports the AbilityOne employment mission through the procurement of AbilityOne products and services in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation. Today, nearly 35,000 individuals who are blind or have significant disabilities perform work on DoD contracts with 472 community-based nonprofit agencies (NPAs) across the country. Approximately 7,000 veterans work at the AbilityOne NPAs, to include 3,000 wounded, ill or injured veterans.AbilityOne, in partnership with the Defense Acquisition University (DAU), is offering a webinar series to educate and inform you about the AbilityOne Program. In October 2020, OFPP issued a memo asking each of the 24 CFO Act Agencies to increase their spending with AbilityOne and establish an AbilityOne Representative (ABOR) Program. Subsequently, Executive Order 13985 was issued, where people with disabilities are identified as one of the under-served communities. The AbilityOne Program has many different facets to it, and we want to ensure that Contracting Activities and Program Offices are well-versed in the acquisition of products and services from AbilityOne. The AbilityOne Program has expanded its capabilities into many lines of business, which we will be sharing with you over the course of this series. Each webinar session is focused on a specific topic and includes a mission moment, where an AbilityOne worker shares the impact that this employment opportunity has had in their lives. The AbilityOne Commission and the Central Non-Profit Agencies will provide a training on how the Fair Market Price is Developed and Determined. You’ll learn the roles and responsibilities of all parties including the Central Non-Profit Agency (CNA), the Contracting Activity, the Non-Profit Agency (NPA), and the AbilityOne Commission.The Development and Determination of the Fair Market Price includes both new Procurement List Additions and Base Year Renewals. All parties are actively involved and have a role to play.We look forward to sharing this information with you and answering your questions.Bios:Amy JensenAmy Jensen is the Acting Deputy Executive Director for the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. She oversees Commission directorates that administer the AbilityOne Program and support employment of 40,000 people who are blind or significantly disabled. Ms. Jensen previously served as the Director of Business Operations, leading Commission processes for the Procurement List used by the Federal government to buy nearly $4 billion of products and services from more than 400 AbilityOne-participating nonprofit agencies.In this role, she led business development, management, and analysis and integration functions as well as pricing analysis and information management activities. Ms. Jensen has also served as the Director of Oversight and Compliance, responsible for the policy, legal and regulatory requirements governing the Program.Prior to joining the Commission in 2004, Ms. Jensen was a program manager of Visual Impairment Services for the Department of Veterans Affairs for more than a decade. Ms. Jensen holds a master’s in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of the National Defense University; a master’s in Vision Rehabilitation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry; and a BA from the University of Central Florida.Breck J. Richardson II Deputy Director of Business Operations (Pricing)Breck Richardson is a deputy director for business operations at the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. In this capacity, he supervises pricing reviews for product and service additions, and reviews for subsequent price changes; manages updates to the pricing requirements in the Procurement List (PL) service manuals; provides guidance and contributes in the development of AbilityOne procedures and policies; manages oversight of price-related metrics in the Cooperative Agreement; and provides leadership in resolving pricing impasses. Prior to his current position, Mr. Richardson served Commission staff as a business management analyst and business management specialist. In these roles, he carried out regular price analysis, cost analysis, and price list functions; assisted in impasse resolutions; and participated in the development of manuals for PL product and service additions and price changes. Before joining the AbilityOne Commission, he worked for four years as an analyst at the International Trade Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce; for eight years as a trade analyst for the law firm Dewey Ballantine; and for four years as a product manager for Kodak. He has been with the Commission for thirteen years.Mr. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University.
Carla Goulart is the Senior Director, Strategic Business Development. In this role she is the POC for SourceAmerica for all AbilityOne Representatives (ABORS) in partnership with the AbilityOne Commission and NIB to support the 24 CFO Act Agencies as they work to meet their pledges to the AbilityOne Program. Carla is also responsible for the development of new strategies, including the development of new lines of business that will drive growth in the AbilityOne Program. Carla been with SourceAmerica for over 8 years, prior experience includes working at multiple marketing and advertising firms. Her last employment position, prior to SourceAmerica, was at an organization called Sentinels of Freedom which has a 4-year program to support severely wounded members of the Armed Forces.
Matthew Buchanan works for the National Industries for the Blind (NIB), as part of the AbilityOne Program. His role on the Business Development Team encompasses being the lead AbilityOne Representative (ABOR) specialist for NIB. After graduating from Framingham State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Matt held the position of Contracting Officer for the Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Natick Contracting Division (ACC-APG-Natick). In that role, he was responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars worth of contracts, ranging from the development and production of COVID Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) masks, to the rollout of the new Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU). During his time as a civilian with the Army, Matt frequently utilized the AbilityOne Program to successfully deliver quality garments, on time and at a reasonable price. While at NIB, Matt works directly with Federal appointed ABORs, alongside NIB non-profit agencies, to increase knowledge, and usage of the AbilityOne Program.
Candace Hartley is a proud mom of 4 great children and 9 amazing grandchildren. Candace has worked for Palmetto Goodwill for the last 7 years and loves her job and the people she works with. When Candace is not at work, she is often spending her time reading or with her family and friends. Candace gives credit to her mental health counselor who connected her to the AbilityOne program and ultimately provided the life she loves today.