Purchase From Mandatory Sources
The Postal Service is required to comply with laws that outline mandatory
sources for particular purchases. These include:
• Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46-48c)
• Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107 et seq.)
In addition, under the terms of an interagency agreement with the Defense
Energy Support Center, purchases of certain fuel requirements must follow
The Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46-48c) requires that the Postal
Service and other Federal agencies purchase certain supplies and services
from qualified workshops that employ people who are blind or severely
disabled. The Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or
Severely Disabled determines which supplies and services must be
purchased and their price. Supplies and services provided by people who are
blind or severely disabled are listed in the Committee's Procurement List,
available at the Committee's website (www.jwod.gov). Additions and
deletions are published in the Federal Register as they occur.
Supplies and services must be ordered from the central nonprofit agency
designated on the Procurement List or from the workshops concerned and
may not be purchased from commercial sources unless authorized by the
agency or the Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or
Severely Disabled, which is authorized to grant an exception based on time
and volume requirements.
Under the provisions of the Randolph-Sheppard Act (20 U.S.C. 107 et seq.),
people who are blind and licensed by a state licensing agency must be given
priority for the operation of food vending services in Postal Service facilities.
See Handbook AS-707H, Contracting for Food Services, and Handbook
EL-602, Food Service Operations.
Under an interagency agreement with the Defense Energy Support Center
(DESC), Postal Service facilities whose fuel requirement is 20,000 gallons or
more per product (gasoline, gasohol, diesel fuel, heating fuel or kerosene) at
any given location must purchase fuel from DESC suppliers. See
Administrative Support Manual, sections 543 and 544.
See also the discussion of additional laws and regulations in the Laws topic
of the General Practices.
Laws topic, General Practices