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2013 News Items

New Policy Directives Issued

PD-14-04
Dec 17, 2013
"RSA-15 - Report of Vending Facility Program"
download files MS Word (206KB) | 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"
download files MS Word (46KB) | 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"
download files MS Word (179KB) | PDF (253KB)

PD-14-01
Oct 25, 2013
"Revision of PD-13-05 Vocational Rehabilitation Program Case Service Report (RSA-911) data elements"
download files MS Word (675KB) | 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)

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"
download files 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"
download files 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)


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.
    download files 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.


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

download files 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

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

(April 5, 2011)


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"
download files 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"
download files 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"
download files MS Word (128K) | PDF (1.9M)

(Oct. 29, 2010)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)


2009 News Items

FY 2010 Monitoring Info Guide and Monitoring Protocol

The State Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Programs Information Guide (the Info Guide) is one of a number of sources that RSA uses to assist it to fully understand how the Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living programs operate within a state. RSA is sharing the FY 2010 Info Guide and the FY 2010 Monitoring Protocol with state agencies and other interested parties in order to enhance the transparency of the review process and promote collaboration.

(October 2, 2009)

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FY 2008 Standards and Indicators

Standards and Indicators - Section 106 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, requires the establishment and implementation of evaluation standards and performance indicators for the vocational rehabilitation program that measure the extent to which states are in compliance with relevant performance factors. The Standards and Indicators for FY 2008 are now available.

(June 29, 2009)

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Basic VR Agency Report Cards and Monitoring Tables for FY 2007

The report card and the monitoring tables were created shortly after the publication of standards and indicators regulations July 5, 2000. They were designed to enable RSA staff to better monitor state agencies for performance, especially regarding standards and indicators. The latest files for FY 2007 have been posted on the Performance page for the Basic VR program.

(May 26, 2009)

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Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology 2007 Annual Report

The Protection and Advocacy for Assistive Technology (PAAT) Program: 2007 Annual Report describes the activities of, and outcomes produced by, the PAAT Program during the 12-month period ending Sept. 30 of the fiscal year covered. It is based on data collected through a Program Performance Report (PPR) form approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

(February 12, 2009)

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Assistive Technology Act -- Annual Report to Congress: Fiscal Year 2006

The Assistive Technology Act of 1998, as amended by Public Law 108-364 (AT Act of 1998, as amended) requires that the secretary of education submit to Congress a report on the activities funded under that act.

(February 11, 2009)


 
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