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2015 News Items

Comments being accepted on the Unified State Plan

The Department of Labor, in coordination with the Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, and Housing and Urban Development, is soliciting comments concerning a collection of data that will be used for Unified and Combined State Plans under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The WIOA Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements is a consolidated information collection that would implement sections 102 and 103 of WIOA (P.L. 113-128). WIOA requires that, no later than March 3, 2016, each State, at a minimum, submit a Unified State Plan as a condition of receiving funds for core programs subject to the Unified State Plan requirements. In the alternative, States may submit a Combined State Plan as a condition of receiving funds under certain named programs subject to the Combined State Plan provisions. See 29 U.S.C. §§ 3112 and 3113. The Unified or Combined State Plan requirements are designed to improve service integration and ensure that the publicly-funded workforce system provides a range of employment, education, training, and related services and supports to help all jobseekers secure good jobs while providing businesses with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. To that end, the Unified or Combined State Plan would describe how the State will develop and implement a unified, integrated service delivery system rather than discuss the State's approach to operating each program individually.

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, we are seeking comment through January 22, 2016 on the proposed WIOA State Plan information collection request (ICR). A copy of the Federal Register Notice for this collection, proposed ICR and supplement, and supporting statement may be accessed at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201503-1205-020.

The Departments published an earlier version of this ICR for a 60-day comment period that closed on October 5, 2015. The Departments responded to comments received during the 60-day comment period and are re-publishing the ICR for a final 30-day comment period as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. This comment period is open for 30 days and closes on January 22, 2016. Any comments not received through the process outlined in the Federal Register (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-12-23/pdf/2015-32278.pdf) will not be considered.

(12/31/2015)


PD-16-02—OMB Approval for RSA-722

PD-16-02—"Announcement of OMB Approval for Annual Report on Appeals Process (RSA-722)"
Dec 14, 2015 — PDF (119KB)

(12/14/2015)


PD-16-01—OMB Approval for RSA-7-OB Annual Report

PD-16-01—"Announcement of OMB Approval for Form RSA-7-OB, Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind Program (ILOIB) Annual Report"
Nov 30, 2015 — PDF (320KB)

(12/02/2015)


Vision. Policy. Strategy. January 26-28, 2016

Mark Your Calendars for the National Convening of Workforce Leadership: A conference on Innovation and Opportunity, to be held January 26-28, 2016 in Washington, D.C.  Download the flyer [ PDF | 502KB ].

(11/10/2015)


Award made for OIB Training and Technical Assistance Program

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce the awarding of the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind (OIB) Training and Technical Assistance Program grant (84.177Z) to Mississippi State University (MSU), effective October 1, 2015.

Through this grant, RSA established a Cooperative Agreement with MSU for an OIB Training and Technical Assistance Center (Center) to provide sustained training and technical assistance (TA) — generalized, targeted, and intensive — to designated state agencies (DSAs) funded under the OIB program and to any service providers the DSAs fund to provide services directly to consumers. The Center will develop and provide training and TA to DSAs and other service providers funded under the OIB program in the following general topic areas:

  1. Community outreach;
  2. Best practices in the provision and delivery of services;
  3. Program performance, including data reporting and analysis; and
  4. Financial and management practices, including practices to ensure compliance with grant administration requirements.

(October 9, 2015)


Vision for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under WIOA

TAC-15-02—"Vision for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program as a Partner in the Workforce Development System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act"
Aug 17, 2015 — PDF (69KB)

(August 18, 2015)


Notices published in the Federal Register

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Targeted Communities (CFDA Number 84.264F)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2015 inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Targeted Communities program (CFDA Number 84.264F).

(August 14, 2015)


New TAC: Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under WIOA

TAC-15-01—"Vision for the One-Stop Delivery System under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)"
Aug 13, 2015 — PDF (99KB)

(August 13, 2015)


Notices published in the Federal Register

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (CFDA Number 84.264G)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 13, 2015 inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center program (CFDA Number 84.264G).

Final Priority; Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (CFDA Number 84.264G)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority under the Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center program.

(August 13, 2015)

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Rehabilitation Training-Technical Assistance Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (CFDA Number 84.263B)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2015 inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Rehabilitation Training-Technical Assistance Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance program (CFDA Number 84.263B).

(August 11, 2015)


Notices published in the Federal Register

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.235N)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2015 inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Demonstration and Training: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities program (CFDA Number: 84.235N).

Final Priority and Definitions; Demonstration and Training Program: Career Pathways for Individuals With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.235N)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority designed to demonstrate promising practices in the use of career pathways to improve employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center - Youth With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.264H)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2015 inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015 for the Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center - Youth With Disabilities program (CFDA Number 84.264H).

Final Priority; Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Youth With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.264H)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services announces a priority under the Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Youth With Disabilities program.

Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period; Regional Interpreter Education Centers for the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind (CFDA Number 84.160A)

The Secretary waives the requirements that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds for five 60-month projects initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The Secretary also extends the project period for these projects for one year. This waiver and extension enables the currently funded Regional Interpreter Education Centers for the training of interpreters for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind (Regional Centers) to receive funding through September 30, 2016.

Final Waiver and Extension of the Project Period; National Interpreter Education Center for the Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind (CFDA Number 84.160B)

The Secretary waives the requirements that generally prohibit project periods exceeding five years and extensions of project periods involving the obligation of additional Federal funds for a 60-month project initially funded in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The Secretary also extends the project period for this project for one year. This waiver and extension enables the currently funded National Interpreter Education Center for the training of interpreters for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and individuals who are deaf-blind (National Center) to receive funding through September 30, 2016.

(July 30 - August 6, 2015)


Notices Inviting Applications for RSA Programs

Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards — Disability Innovation Fund — Automated Personalization Computing Project (CFDA Number 84.421A)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2015 for Disability Innovation Fund-Automated Personalization Computing Project inviting applications for new awards.

Notice Inviting Applications for the OSERS/RSA Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind — Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance Program (CFDA Number 84.177Z)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2015 for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind Training and Technical Assistance Program inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

Notice Inviting Applications for the OSERS/RSA American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services — Training and Technical Assistance program (CFDA Number 84.250Z)

A notice was published in the Federal Register on July 22, 2015 for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services—Training and Technical Assistance program inviting applications for a new award for Training and Technical Assistance..

(July 22-23, 2015)


WIOA

Read the “July 1, 2015 — Making a Shift in the Public Workforce System” blog post

(July 1, 2015)


Notices of Proposed Priority

Proposed Priority and Definitions—Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Targeted Communities (CFDA Number 84.264F)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) proposes a priority and definitions to fund a cooperative agreement to develop and support a Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities (VRTAC-TC). We take this action to focus Federal financial assistance on an identified national need. We intend the VRTAC-TC to improve the capacity of State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their partners to increase participation levels for individuals with disabilities from low-income communities and to equip these individuals with the skills and competencies needed to obtain high-quality competitive integrated employment.

Proposed Priority—Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (CFDA Number 84.264G)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority to establish the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. We take this action to provide training and technical assistance (TA) to state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies to improve services under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program (VR program) and State Supported Employment Services program for individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, and to implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed into law on July 22, 2014.

Proposed Priority—Technical Assistance Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (CFDA Number 84.263B)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority under the Experimental and Innovative Training program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. We take this action to focus federal financial assistance on an identified national need. We intend the priority to support a Training and Technical Assistance Center for Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance (PEQA)

Proposed Priority—Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (CFDA Number 84.264C)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority to establish a topical Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI). The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. We take this action to provide training and technical assistance (TA) to improve the capacity of state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and their partners to equip individuals with disabilities with the skills and competencies necessary to help them obtain competitive integrated employment.

Proposed Priority and Definitions—Career Pathways for Individuals With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.235N)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority and definitions under the Demonstration and Training program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority and one or more of these definitions for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. This priority and these definitions are designed to support projects that develop and implement career pathways for individuals with disabilities.

Proposed Priority-Rehabilitation Training—Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center-Youth With Disabilities (CFDA Number 84.264H)

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority under the Rehabilitation Training program. The Assistant Secretary may use this priority for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and later years. This priority is designed to ensure that professionals working in State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies receive the technical assistance they need to provide youth with disabilities with services and supports that lead to postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment.

(May 15 - June 26, 2015)


New Policy Directives Issued

PD-15-06—"Instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for the State Supported Employment Services program"
Mar 12, 2015 — PDF (129KB)

PD-15-05—"Revisions to PD-12-06, instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program"
Feb 5, 2015 — PDF (131KB)

PD-15-04—"OMB Approval of the Assurances for the Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR) Program, OMB 1820-0625"
Jan 28, 2015 — PDF (26KB)

(March 17, 2015)

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2014 News Items

Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations

The Notice of Final Priorities and the Notice Inviting Applications for Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations (CFDA 84.315C) were published on Thursday, August 14, 2014, and applications will be received until Monday, September 15, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC time. More information is available at https://rsa.ed.gov/choose.cfm?menu=nfp315c

(August 25, 2014)


Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center

The Notice of Final Priority and the Notice Inviting Applications for the Job-Driven Vocational Rehabilitation Technical Assistance Center (CFDA 84.264A) were published on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and applications will be received until Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 4:30 p.m. Washington, DC time. More information is available at https://rsa.ed.gov/choose.cfm?menu=nfp264a

(August 25, 2014)


Invitation to Comment on Implementation of Title II and Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In a joint blog post, OSERS and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) invite you to submit comments and recommendations to help us implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), signed by President Obama on July 22.

Please submit comments by Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. Submitting comments is voluntary and subject to ED blog comment policies.

(August 13, 2014)


Send RSA email about WIOA

Email RSA with your questions and ideas on WIOA implementation. Send your emails to RSA.WIOA@ed.gov

(August 8, 2014)


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

A page has been posted with information about the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

(July 22, 2014)


Job-Driven Training for Workers

In his January 28, 2014 State of the Union address, President Obama “asked Vice President Biden to lead an across-the-board reform of America’s training programs to make sure they have one mission: train Americans with the skills employers need, and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. That means more on-the-job training, and more apprenticeships that set a young worker on an upward trajectory for life. It means connecting companies to community colleges that can help design training to fill their specific needs.” Two days later, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he signed a Presidential Memorandum on Job-Driven Training for Workers to develop within 180 days an action plan to make America’s workforce and training system “more job-driven, integrated and effective.” The Presidential Memorandum called for this action plan to include “concrete steps to make federal workforce and training programs and policies more focused on imparting relevant skills with job-market value, more easily accessed by employers and job seekers, and more accountable for producing positive employment and earning outcomes for the people they serve.” For more, read the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and American Opportunity (1.54 M) report, which was released on July 22, 2014.

(July 22, 2014)


Announcements in the Federal Register July 14-31, 2014

  • On July 31, 2014, the U.S Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal register that the Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services proposes a priority under the Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and later years in order to fund any of the rehabilitation specialty areas listed in the notice.This priority is effective August 22, 2014.
  • Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 84.129F, H, P, and Q.
  • A notice of applications for new awards for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities program was posted in the Federal Register on Thursday, July 17, 2014. The deadline for transmittal of applications is September 2, 2014.
  • In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), a notice that ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection (the RSA-7OB for the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals Who Are Blind program) was published in the Federal Register on Friday, July 18, 2014. Comments due on or before August 18, 2014.
  • In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), a notice that ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection (the RSA-15 for Randolph-Sheppard) was published in the Federal Register on Friday, July 18, 2014. Comments due on or before August 18, 2014.

(July 31, 2014)


The National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities

On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, the U.S Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal register inviting applications for a new award to establish and operate a National Technical Assistance Center on Improving Transition to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students with Disabilities (Center). The Center will assist State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, graduate from high school with the knowledge, skills, and supports needed for success in postsecondary education and employment.

Too many students with disabilities continue to experience difficulty in completing high school programs and gaining the content knowledge, work experiences, and other career-readiness skills and preparation needed to succeed as they transition from secondary education to postsecondary education and employment. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (2014) in 2012, 80 percent of students graduated high school with a regular diploma in four years, whereas, for students with disabilities, the four-year cohort graduation rate was 61 percent. Furthermore, data from the National Longitudinal Transition Study ( NLTS-2), in the 2009-2010 school year, indicated that 21 percent of students with disabilities dropped out of high school and only 45.6 percent of students with disabilities enrolled in some form of postsecondary education within four years of leaving school (Newman et. al., 2010). In order to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities, SEAs, LEAs, State VR agencies, and other VR service providers need to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies designed to prepare students with disabilities for postsecondary education and employment.

The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services is committed to the goal of ensuring that every student, including every student with a disability, graduates from high school with the essential knowledge and skills for success in postsecondary education and employment. In order to improve outcomes for students with disabilities, the Department is working to better coordinate its expertise and resources. To further this, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) are collaborating to support a technical assistance center that will help build the capacity of SEAs, LEAs, State VR agencies, and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices and strategies to ensure that students with disabilities graduate from high school and are prepared for success in postsecondary education and employment.

This competition is open to SEAs; LEAs, including public charter schools that are considered LEAs under State law; State VR agencies; IHEs; other public agencies; private nonprofit organizations; outlying areas; freely associated States; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; and for-profit organizations. The Department intends to fund one project for $2.5 million a year for 5 years.

For further information about the proposed center, please contact: Selete Avoke (OSEP) (selete.avoke@ed.gov; 202-245-7260) or Kristen Rhinehart (RSA) (kristen.rhinehart@ed.gov; 202-245-6103).

(July 10, 2014)


Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on the definition of “reservation.”

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) published an NPRM in the June 23, 2014 Federal Register requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to amend the definition of “reservation” under the regulations governing the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) program in one of two ways. The Department is requesting comment from the public on two proposed amendments:

  1. Alternative A: would conform the definition to the Department’s current interpretation and practices.
  2. Alternative B: would limit the areas of land the Department considers to be reservations to those that are listed in the statutory definition of “reservation.”

The NPRM includes information about how to submit public comments. Responses must be received on or before August 22, 2014.

(June 23, 2014)


Updated Monitoring Tables

The FY 2014 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) includes a new focus area through which it will assess the use of VR program resources to achieve quality employment outcomes by conducting an in-depth and integrated analysis of core VR program and fiscal data. Links to the data tables to be used in this area of monitoring are available below.

FY 2014 Vocational Rehabilitation Fiscal Monitoring Tables (3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) (1MB)

FY 2014 Vocational Rehabilitation Data Monitoring Tables (3.5 and above) (5.35 MB )

(June 9, 2014)


Wall Chart for FY 2013 State Vocational Rehabilitation Performance

The Wall Chart for FY 2013 State Vocational Rehabilitation Performance has been posted. The Wall Chart contains the results of various performance measures of the 80 VR and agency grantees grouped by agencies who serve blind and visually impaired individuals, the general disabled population of those states with two agencies, as well as those agencies with one VR agency serving all disabilities. Charts for prior years are also available.

(April 23, 2014)


New Technical Assistance Circulars

TAC-14-02
Mar 28, 2014
"Submission of the FY 2015 State Plan for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and Supplement for the Supported Employment Services Program"
MS Word (247KB) | PDF (2.18MB)

TAC-14-01
Mar 18, 2014
"Federal Requirements Governing the Statewide Independent Living Councils -- Composition, Membership, Appointments, Term Limits, Duties, and Resource Plan"
MS Word (83KB) | PDF (338KB)

(March 28,2014)


Accessing and Initiating Changes to Formula Grant Award Notifications

This document describes the process to be used to request changes to the GAN (Grant Award Notification) such as address; however this process may be used only when the rights and obligations of the grantee are not affected. Also, please note that this process does not apply to the State Grant for Assistive Technology program.
MS Word (48KB) | PDF (232KB)

(February 19, 2014)


Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to determine whether a vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its State Plan under Section 101 of the Rehabilitation Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. To fulfill this requirement, RSA has developed a Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG), through which it will assess improvements in the performance of the VR program, including those resulting from innovative practices, as well as compliance with pertinent federal programmatic and fiscal requirements.

(February 3, 2014)

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2013 News Items

New Policy Directives Issued

PD-14-04
Dec 17, 2013
"RSA-15 - Report of Vending Facility Program"
PDF (976KB)

PD-14-03
Dec 16, 2013
"OMB Approval of the Assurances for the Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology Program, OMB 1820-0658"
PDF (104KB)

(December 18, 2013)


New Policy Directives Issued

PD-14-02
Oct 25, 2013
"Revision of PD-13-04 instructions for the completion of the Annual Vocational Rehabilitation Program/Cost Report (RSA-2) for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the State Supported Employment Services Program"
PDF (253KB)

PD-14-01
Oct 25, 2013
"Revision of PD-13-05 Vocational Rehabilitation Program Case Service Report (RSA-911) data elements"
PDF (520KB)

(November 4, 2013)


2013 National State Rehabilitation Council Forum

The RSA National State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) Forum was held from June 24-25, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. The objective of the Forum was to empower Councils, encourage partnerships with State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies (VR) and foster advocacy for improvements in the public VR program in order to enhance opportunities for high quality employment for individuals with disabilities.

(September 10, 2013)


Fiscal Resources (for Basic VR)

The Basic VR Fiscal Resources page has been updated to show 2013 MOE Penalties and links to the materials from the FY 2013 National Financial Management Training Conference.

(September 10, 2013)


Fiscal Resources (for Basic VR)

The Basic VR Fiscal Resources page has been updated to show 2013 MOE Penalties and links to the materials from the FY 2013 National Financial Management Training Conference.

(September 10, 2013)


A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities

"A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities"
A blueprint for Governors has been issued by the National Governors Association (NGA).

(August 9, 2013)


New Policy Directives Issued

PD-13-03
Apr 30, 2013
"OMB Approval for Application for Client Assistance Program, OMB 1820-0520"
MS Word (46KB) | PDF (116KB)

PD-13-02
Apr 30, 2013
"Extension of the State Plan for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the Supplement for the Supported Employment Services Program"
MS Word (240KB) | PDF (1.6 M)

(April 30, 2013)


State Plan for IL (SPIL)

A new page has been developed to provide instructions and resources for completing the State Plan for Independent Living

(February 11, 2013)


VR State Plans

An index page has posted to provide links to all Voc Rehab State Plans and Approval Letters for FY 2013

(February 6, 2013)


E-Mail Updates

There are two new email updates available from RSA: "Data Collection and Analysis" and "Research in Disability and Rehabilitation."

Sign up for e-mail updates from RSA.

(January 15, 2013)

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2012 News Items

Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2013 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires the commissioner of RSA to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to determine whether a vocational rehabilitation agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its State Plan under Section 101 of the Rehabilitation Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. To fulfill this requirement, RSA has developed the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) through which it will assess the performance of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies in the operation of the program and their compliance with pertinent federal programmatic and fiscal requirements.

  • Download the Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2013 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide.
    MS Word (955 KB) | PDF (912 KB)

(October 17, 2012)


Centers for Independent Living Monitoring Reports

Monitoring reports for FY 2011 have been posted.

(October 17, 2012)


Centers for Independent Living Compliance, Performance, Recovery Act Reporting, and Monitoring

In September, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued the final report of the results of its review of Centers for Independent Living (CIL) Compliance, Performance, Recovery Act Reporting, and Monitoring for the period October 1, 2007, through September 30, 2009, with Recovery Act reporting from October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010. The review focused on RSA’s monitoring and oversight of CILs with respect to their: provision of independent living core services; compliance with Rehabilitation Act standards and assurances and applicable Federal regulations; compliance with reporting requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; expenditure of grant funds for allowable expenditures; and maintenance of adequate documentation for the use of grant funds. (RSA Contact: Timothy Beatty (202) 245-6156 or timothy.beatty@ed.gov)

(October 10, 2012)


Orientation & Technical Assistance Guide for State Vocational Rehabilitation Directors

RSA extends a special welcome to new state vocational rehabilitation (VR) directors, and has developed an Orientation & Technical Assistance Guide for State Vocational Rehabilitation Directors. This orientation is provided to support the important work of administering federal programs within your state funded under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, including the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program, the Supported Employment Program, the State Independent Living Services Program, and the Independent Living Services for Older Individuals who are Blind Program. RSA developed this guide to provide quick and efficient access to information and technical assistance resources related to the administration of these programs.

(July 30, 2012)


Wall Chart for FY 2011 State Vocational Rehabilitation Performance

The Wall Chart for FY 2011 State Vocational Rehabilitation Performance has been posted. The Wall Chart contains the results of various performance measures of the 80 VR and agency grantees grouped by agencies who serve blind and visually impaired individuals, the general disabled population of those states with two agencies, as well as those agencies with one VR agency serving all disabilities. Charts for prior years are also available.

(July 23, 2012)


Proposed Changes to the RSA-2 and RSA-911

The 60-day Federal Register notices about revisions to the RSA-2 and RSA-911 were published on 7/2/2012.

(July 3, 2012)


Basic VR Agency Report Cards

Basic VR Agency Report Cards for Fiscal Year 2010 have been posted. The Agency report card spreadsheets contain 95 different data elements for year. Additionally, there is an "Underlying Tables" spreadsheet listing the results of all 80 agencies for each data element.

(June 20, 2012)


New PDs and TACs

New policy directives (PDs) and technical assistance circulars (TACs) have been issued.

  • TAC-12-04 - "Provision of Vocational Rehabilitation Services to an Individual by More Than One Agency"
  • TAC-12-03 - "Organizational Structure and Non-Delegable Responsibilities of the Designated State Unit for the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. "
  • PD-12-09 - "OMB Approval of the Extension of the Quarterly Cumulative Caseload Report (RSA-113)"
  • PD-12-08 - "Announcement of OMB approval for the on-line submission of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program Improvement Plan"
  • PD-12-07 - "Announcement of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the on-line submission of the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for the Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and the Supported Employment Services Program"

(June 11, 2012)


New Monitoring Reports

New monitoring reports for FY 2012 have been posted for the Basic VR program and the IL and OIB programs.


E-Mail Updates

Sign up for e-mail updates from RSA.

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2011 News Items

Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2012 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires the Commissioner of the Rehabilition Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to determine whether a vocational rehabilitation agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its State Plan under Section 101 of the Rehabilitation Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. To fulfill this requirement, RSA has developed the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) through which it will assess the performance of the VR agencies in the operation of the program and their compliance with pertinent federal programmatic and fiscal requirements.

Download the Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2012 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

MS Word (898 KB) | PDF (1.17 MB)

(November 4, 2011)


FY 2009 & 2008 Agency Report Cards

Agency report cards have been posted for FY 2009 and FY 2008. The agency report cards contain 95 different data elements for year. The "Underlying Tables" spreadsheet lists the results of all 80 agencies for each data element. The group has an index from which each table is linked as well as an explanation of the data element. The "Agency Report Cards" lists each agency's results on all 95 data elements.

(May 2, 2011)


Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2011 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires the commissioner of Rehabilition Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act to determine whether a vocational rehabilitation agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its State Plan under Section 101 of the Rehabilitation Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. To fulfill this requirement, RSA has developed the Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) through which it will assess the performance of the VR agencies in the operation of the program and their compliance with pertinent federal programmatic and fiscal requirements.

Download the Vocational Rehabilitation Program FY 2011 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide

MS Word (780 KB) | PDF (702 KB)

(April 5, 2011)

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2010 News items

FY 2010 Monitoring Reports

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Act), requires the commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Act to determine whether a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its state plan under Section 101 of the Act and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106. Read the FY 2010 Monitoring Reports.

(December 14, 2010)


RSA Commissioner Ruttledge to Give Keynote Remarks at National Council of State Agencies for the Blind Conference

Lynnae Ruttledge, commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), will deliver the keynote remarks at the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind (NCSAB) conference Wednesday, Nov. 10 in San Diego. Ruttledge will provide an overview on current topics important to state vocational rehabilitation agencies, including reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act and the Rehabilitation Act. She will also provide an overview of the activities that RSA completed in 2010 and an update on state monitoring and program improvement activities planned for 2011.

Her appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego. Earlier at the same hotel, Ruttledge will address the Council of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

(November 10, 2010)


New Policy Directives for FY 2011

PD-11-01
Oct. 25, 2010
"RSA-15 - Report of Vending Facility Program"
MS Word (209K) | PDF (778K)

PD-11-02
Oct. 26, 2010
"Revision of PD-10-03 instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for the Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants Program"
MS Word (120K) | PDF (1.9M)

PD-11-03
Oct. 26, 2010
"Instructions for completing the Federal Financial Report (SF-425) for other formula grant award programs"
MS Word (128K) | PDF (1.9M)

(Oct. 29, 2010)


New Vocational Rehabilitation Research in Briefs

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Research in Briefs provide readers with a summary of research and literature on issues, practices and topics related to the employment of individuals with disabilities, providing the reader with information to facilitate further exploration and study. The three new VR Research in Briefs include:

(October 12, 2010)


New Information Memorandum has been posted

IM-10-05 — Announcement of the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s 2010 National Employment Conference has been posted.

(July 15, 2010)


SPIL Screening Tool

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed a Screening Tool for reviewing the FY 2011-2013 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). RSA staff will be using this screening tool internally to review SPILs jointly submitted by State Independent Living Councils (SILCs) and Designated State Units (DSUs). While SILCs and DSUs are not required to use the screening tool, we strongly encourage its use as a self-evaluation check list within your state to determine if the SPIL contains the requisite information prior to submitting it to RSA for review and approval. The screening tool is available as an MS Word document (101K).

(May 17, 2010)


VR Needs Assessment Guide

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Needs Assessment Guide and its Appendices.

(May 6, 2010)


SRC Online Training Series

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to announce that the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) Online Training Series, developed by RSA in cooperation with the National Rehabilitation Continuing Education Programs, is now available.

(May 5, 2010)


Updated Maintenance of Effort (MOE) and Match Requirement Information

Grantees may find the following documents useful in providing guidance on fiscal matters related to the Basic VR program.

  • MOE Presentation
    Presentation made at the Spring 2010 CSAVR Conference
    [downloadable files] PDF (263K) | MS Word (51K)
  • MATCH Requirement Presentation
    Presentation made at the Spring 2010 CSAVR Conference
    [downloadable files] PDF (243K) | MS Word (41K)
  • 3rd Party Cooperative Agreements Presentation
    Presentation made at the Fall 2009 CSAVR Conference
    [downloadable files] PDF (156K) | MS Word (30K)
  • Also, you may wish to review the following documents.

  • PD-96-01
    "Provision of Financial Assistance to Community Rehabilitation Programs by State VR Agencies Through The Use of the Establishment Authority."
    [downloadable files] MS Word (32K) | PDF (12K)
  • PD-94-05
    "Obligation Requirements for Formula Grants."
    [downloadable files] MS Word (34K) | PDF (23K)
  • TAC-02-02
    "Documents to Submit when Requesting a Waiver or Modification of the State's Maintenance of Effort Requirements under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program."
    [downloadable files] MS Word (42K) | PDF (41K)

(April 27, 2010)


Updated Catalog of Training Projects

Students interested in seeking scholarships should contact the "director" of the grant in which they are interested. A list of scholarship grants can be found in our catalog of training projects. Director names, addresses and phone numbers are included.

(April 27, 2010)


Lynnae M. Ruttledge Confirmed as Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education

Lynnae M. Ruttledge has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Commissioner, Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, on Dec. 24, 2009. Ruttledge had served as the director of the Washington Department of Social and Health Service, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation since 2005. She was responsible for leading Washington’s vocational rehabilitation program, working annually with more than 23,000 individuals with significant disabilities to achieve their vocational goals. Previously, Ruttledge served in leadership positions at the Oregon Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for more than 17 years. Ruttledge began her public service career in Michigan as a classroom teacher in the public school system. She has received numerous recognitions and awards including serving as a Mary E. Switzer Scholar on Emerging Workforce Issues with the National Rehabilitation Association in 2000 and being honored with the Oregon Governor’s Award as Disabled Oregonian of the Year in 2000 and the Washington Governor’s Award for Leadership in Management in 2007. As a person born with a disability, Ruttledge received assistance from the vocational rehabilitation program and graduated from the Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Education.

(January 7, 2010)

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