The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) administers legislation that directly influences the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. RSA plays critical roles in both the development of federal regulations that bring legislation into effect and in monitoring that these federal regulations are followed.
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
President Obama signed WIOA into law on July 22, 2014. This landmark legislation and its implementing federal regulations are designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help Americans with significant barriers to employment, including individuals with disabilities, into high quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
Other legislative sources for RSA programs and initiatives are:
- The Randolph-Sheppard Act, P.L. 74-732, as amended by P.L. 83-565 and P.L. 93-516; 20 U.S.C. Sec. 107 et seq.
- The Helen Keller National Center Act of 1984, as amended by P.L. 99-506; 29 U.S.C. 1901 et seq.
RSA issues regulations to clarify, build upon or otherwise implement statutory requirements pertaining to certain programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA. These "program regulations" establish requirements that grantees (e.g., State VR agencies) must follow. Additionally, grantees must follow the joint final rules published by the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education in the Federal Register on August 19, 2016.
RSA develops and promulgates a variety of sub-regulatory guidance intended to provide additional direction in support of program legislation and regulations. RSA issues the following types of guidance: