• Individuals employed by nonprofit agencies that provide products or services under the AbilityOne® Program are eligible to be nominated for an NCSE Management Excellence Award.
  • Nominees at all management levels may be nominated.
  • Nominees must be employed by a participating nonprofit agency that provides products or services within the region of the nomination.
  • Nominees must have been a staff member or retiree of the participating nonprofit agency during the previous fiscal year.


Those nominated must have displayed leadership excellence in the management of a participating nonprofit agency and increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities during the previous fiscal year. Examples include:

  • Expanded an AbilityOne contract;
  • Substantially increased competitive placements outside of the nonprofit agency;
  • Significantly boosted supported employment placements outside of the nonprofit agency;
  • Used an AbilityOne contract as the foundation for increasing contracts with state government or private industry;
  • Advocated at the local, state or national level; and
  • Developed innovative management practices.