Technology Modernization Fund announces investment to support jobs for people with disabilities

The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) announced a new investment that will upgrade the software of the US AbilityOne Commission’s Procurement List Information Management System (PLIMS). This PLIMS core software connects employers of the blind or people with significant disabilities with federal agency clients. The investment will improve this connection while improving system accessibility and creating a more secure system. The improvements will also enhance the Commission’s ability to conduct program oversight and benefit federal customers who depend on AbilityOne’s products and services.

“AbilityOne is a small, independent agency with a very meaningful mission,” said TMF CEO and federal CIO Clare Martorana. “During the pandemic, the AbilityOne program has been critical in enabling the federal government and U.S. military to operate during the nationwide surge to meet exponentially increasing demand. Many AbilityOne employees are referred to as essential employees; Her responsibilities include staffing critical uninterrupted services such as dining facilities and switchboard operators at military bases and VA hospitals, as well as call centers for the IRS and VA. With the support of TMF, this investment will ensure AbilityOne can continue to provide these essential services without disruption.”

“The TMF funding will modernize critical software that provides employment opportunities for thousands of people, including more than 2,500 wounded warriors,” said TMF executive director Raylene Yung. “AbilityOne directly supports a variety of programs that connect veterans and others with disabilities with nonprofit organizations and other resources.”

AbilityOne provides nearly $4 billion in products and services to the federal government annually and is one of the largest sources of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States. TMF is investing $1.78 million to improve procurement software that supports the buying and selling of the high-quality products and services that the AbilityOne program provides to federal customers.

“AbilityOne is pleased to partner with TMF to modernize our PLIMS system,” said Jeffrey A. Koses, GSA Senior Procurement Executive Office of Government-wide Policy and Chair of the US AbilityOne Commission. “The investment will increase the Commission’s ability to carry out its statutory oversight of the program and will benefit the federal customers who depend on AbilityOne’s products and services, as well as the program’s 450 non-profit organizations, the 40,000 employees with AbilityOne contracts occupy.”

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