Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Final Rules
On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education announced the advanced posting of five collectively issued rules to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128). President Barack Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
(June 30, 2016)
RSA Regional Meetings Scheduled on Program-Specific Requirements under the Rehabilitation Act
The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Labor (DOL) (or, collectively, Departments) will publish final regulations to implement changes made by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law on July 22, 2014. ED will publish two sets of final regulations implementing changes to programs authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Act), as amended by title IV of WIOA, as well as implementing new provisions added to the Act by WIOA.
The Departments have developed a comprehensive plan that includes in-person and virtual technical assistance on both jointly-administered and program-specific requirements. As part of this plan, ED’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has scheduled three regional meetings to provide technical assistance on the final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as those implementing Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage in new section 511 of the Act. In the regional meetings, RSA will provide technical assistance on the following areas: competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage (section 511); transition services, including pre-employment transition services; supported employment; and fiscal requirements.
For more detail see http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/rsa/wioa-meetings-on-final-regs.html
(June 6, 2016)
Notices published in the Federal Register
Proposed Priority —Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind program (CFDA Number 84.160D)
On Friday, May 6, 2016 the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announced a priority under the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who are Deaf-Blind program (CFDA 84.160D). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year 2016 and later years. We take this action to provide training to working interpreters in order to develop a new skill area or enhance an existing skill area. We must receive your comments on or before June 6, 2016.
(May 9, 2016)
Proposed Priority — Proposed Priorities, Requirements, and Definitions-Disability Innovation Fund-Transition Work-Based Learning Model Demonstrations (CFDA Number 84.421B)
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes priorities, requirements, and definitions under the Disability Innovation Fund (DIF) Program. The Assistant Secretary may use these priorities, requirements, and definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2016 and later years. The Assistant Secretary takes this action to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate effective work-based learning models that will help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment. The models must be delivered through a coordinated system of transition services. We invite you to submit comments regarding this notice. To ensure that your comments have maximum effect in developing the notice of final priorities, requirements, and definitions, we urge you to identify clearly the specific section of the proposed priority, requirement, or definition that each comment addresses. We must receive your comments on or before May 13, 2016.
(April 13, 2016)
Proposed Priority — Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind program (CFDA Number 84.160)
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority under the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year 2016 and later years. We take this action to provide training and technical assistance to better prepare novice interpreters to become highly qualified nationally certified sign language interpreters. In addition to your general comments and recommended clarifications, we seek input on the proposed design of the Experiential Learning Model Demonstration Center for Novice Interpreters and Baccalaureate Degree ASL-English Interpretation Programs (Center) and expectations for implementation. We must receive your comments on or before May 9, 2016.
(April 7, 2016)
Frequently Asked Fiscal Questions – Pre–Employment Transition Services
Requirements under the Vocational Rehabilitation Program
As Imposed by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
RSA has posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Pre–Employment Transition Services which can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsabvrs/fiscal-resources/index.html#faq
(April 7, 2016)
PD-16-03: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Requirements for Unified and Combined State Plans
You can obtain a copy of PD-16-03 at http://www.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/rsa/pd/2016/.
If you have any questions regarding PD-16-03, please contact your RSA state liaison. You can access the list of state liaisons at https://rsa.ed.gov/people.cfm.
(March 9, 2016)
WIOA State Plan Submission Portal
The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce that the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plan submission portal is now live. The portal is part of the State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (ICR) (OMB No. 1205-0522) and has been approved as the method by which states should submit their Unified or Combined State Plan. A text version of the ICR, a link to the portal, and a training for state portal users may be found at https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/State_Plan_Resources.cfm.
As a reminder, State Plans are due to the departments no later than April 1, 2016.
We encourage you to go to https://rsa.ed.gov/request-access.cfm?usp=Y and request a user account, if you have not already done so. We look forward to receiving your state plan. The Employment and Training Administration, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration will each issue State Plan guidance to provide states with additional information and resources.
(March 4, 2016)
Wall Chart of State Vocational Rehabilitation Performance
A wall chart of FY 2014 state VR performance measures has been posted in PDF format. An Excel spreadsheet showing the data used by the c hart has also been posted.
(February 19, 2016)
Applications for New Awards; American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (CFDA Number 84.250L)
(February 17, 2016)
Commissioner's Quarterly Newsletter
The first edition of Commissioner's Corner is now on-line. It is a quarterly communication designed to provide information and resources that are important for maximizing the opportunity for competitive integrated employment and independence for individuals with disabilities leading to full community inclusion and economic self-sufficiency in the 21st Century labor market.
(February 10, 2016)
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