Efforts to champion employment for disabled earn recognition
By Mission and Installation Contracting Command Public Affairs OfficeDecember 8, 2015
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (Dec. 8, 2015) A member of the Mission and Installation Contracting Command earned the SourceAmerica Procurement Champion award for her support in providing employment opportunities for people with significant disabilities.Terry Hyatt-Amabile was presented the award Dec. 2 by John Huff, the regional director for SourceAmerica. Hyatt-Amabile is the former director of MICC-Fort Lee, Virginia, who now serves as chief of the acquisition management office for the MICC Field Directorate Office at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia."I am very honored to receive the 2015 Procurement Champion award from SourceAmerica. It is an award that I will hold dear to my heart since my father, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Richard L. Hyatt, was a wounded warrior and permanently disabled during the Vietnam War," Hyatt-Amabile said. "I am proud to know that disabled Americans, including wounded warriors, have an opportunity to rebuild their lives and the satisfaction to support the military through government contracts awarded to SourceAmerica."Huff said the selection of Hyatt-Amabile is a result of her support in providing job opportunities for people with significant disabilities. Her efforts resulted in three contracts being awarded by MICC-Fort Lee with a total value at approximately $150 million that contributed to the employment of 103 disabled individuals to include wounded warriors. The award is one of five awards presented to MICC personnel by SourceAmerica.
The SourceAmerica regional director added that 70 percent of persons with disabilities are unemployed, representing highest unemployment rate in the U.S. labor force. The AbilityOne Program provides employment opportunities to more than 50,000 people who are blind or have other significant disabilities. Huff added that SouceAmerica is the national leader in creating jobs opportunities for people with significant disabilities who are dedicated and represent a highly qualified workforce. SourceAmerica is an AbilityOne authorized enterprise that supports the contract needs of federal government customers through a network of more than 550 community nonprofit agencies.During the ceremony, Hyatt-Amabile said it is important for procurement personnel to understand the AbilityOne Program and purchasing priorities under the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 8 as well as include SourceAmerica as part of their FAR Part 10 market research.She explained that U.S. code allows for an independent committee made up of members appointed by the president to identify certain supplies and services to be purchased from the procurement list by all entities of government AbilityOne-participating nonprofit agencies. Also, the Federal Acquisition Regulation establishes purchase priorities for supplies and services by participating nonprofit agencies if they are available within the period required.Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC is made up of more than 1,500 military and civilian members assigned to three contracting support brigades, one field directorate office and 32 field offices responsible for contracting for Soldiers. In fiscal 2015, the command executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.2 billion across the Army, including $2.25 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 600,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2015 valued at an additional $747 million.
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