The Census Bureau’s Contract with the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc.
When it comes to manila file folders, the Census Bureau certainly needs many of them. As evidenced by the press release below, the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (A.V.R.E.) has been contracted to produce 18 million file folders for the Census Bureau. I am personally a huge supporter of charities for the visually impaired, but I want to emphasize that there are still accountability issues when non-profits are awarded contracts. For instance, a search on Charity Navigator revealed that AVRE only has a 2 out of a possible 4 star rating. Here are the details of the contract:
A.V.R.E. AWARDED $1.2 MILLION CENSUS BUREAU CONTRACT
Binghamton, July 7, 2009 – The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment, Inc. (A.V.R.E.) just received the largest order in its 83 year history. A.V.R.E. will supply the United States Census Bureau with almost 18 million manila file folders over the next few months as the Bureau prepares for the 2010 census. This order is in addition to previous Census orders for file folders and envelopes worth another $1 million.
Once production begins, A.V.R.E. anticipates producing approximately 2 million manila file folders a week in order to meet the September 28 date final delivery date.
According to Ken Fernald, VP of Operations, “Our entire staff is excited about the new business. We’re hoping for sustained growth so that we can create more jobs. This is great news for A.V.R.E. and the local economy.”
This opportunity was identified after staff read an article in the Press and Sun Bulletin about the Census Bureau opening hundreds of offices around the country for the upcoming 10 year census. A.V.R.E. realized that some of its products were a perfect fit for these types of operations. It began working with National Industries for the Blind (NIB) to meet with Census Bureau purchasers and administrators with whom it was able to showcase its capacity and commitment to excellence.