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NIDILRR and Our Transition to the Administration for Community Living in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Director's Perspective

At NIDILRR we take our mission – to generate new knowledge and promote its effective use – very seriously. Everything we do is informed by the Rehabilitation Act, our authorizing statute, which outlines a clear vision and expectation of inclusion for Americans with disabilities. As a result of new legislation passed in FY 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)PDF (874kb), we will now fulfill our mission as a part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Our colleagues at ACL share the same commitment to inclusion and full societal participation for individuals with disabilities. Philosophically, we are cut from the same cloth. ACL has been an agency with a strong program and policy focus. With the addition of NIDILRR, it will now have research capacity. This creates immediate opportunities for alignment where we have strong common interests, including work in the areas of family support and outcome measurement for home and community-based services.

We’ll maintain strong ties to the Department of Education, our home for the last 34 years, especially given our strong working relationship with the Rehabilitation Services Administration on our employment research portfolio.

In this new structure, we’ll continue to be guided by our strategic plan and focused on a rigorous evaluation of our research programs. The latter will explore not just our efficiency of operations, but also the value of our grant investments

Our Transition to the Administration for Community Living in HHS: News and Notes

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research is committed to keeping our stakeholders informed about how the transition out of the U.S. Department of Education and into the Administration for Community Living in HHS is proceeding. We will post relevant news and notes about the transition as information becomes available. Below is what has happened and/or what we know so far.

New 02/09/2015:Staff members of NIDILRR have become official employees of the Administration for Community Living (ACL)

ACL and NIDILRR could not be happier. By uniting our teams and combining our efforts, we will be able to reach farther and be more effective in our mission to ensure that people with disabilities and older adults have the services and supports they need to live the lives they want, fully participating in the communities they choose. This is the first of several steps to transfer the resources associated with these programs from the Department of Education to ACL. Over the next few months, we will be working to transition our grants and contracts and complete the remaining administrative tasks associated with the transfer. There is still a lot of work to be done, but today marks an exciting and important milestone.

1/15/2015: NIDILRR director Tschida Issues 2015 FIP Competition Dear Colleague Letter
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12/17/2014: Stakeholder’s Meeting: Update on ongoing transfer of NIDILRR to ACL
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8/11/2014: NIDILRR director Tschida Issues WIOA Dear Colleague Letter
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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Updates
  • Download the latest Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updates:
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Q: When will the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Notice of Proposed Rulemaking be published?

A: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), enacted July 22, 2014, provides many opportunities to advance a customer-centered workforce investment system driven by the needs of job seekers and employers, to support strong regional economies, and to provide individuals with pathways to the middle class and beyond.

WIOA establishes an aggressive timeframe for the Departments of Labor and Education to publish a set of regulations for implementation. The Departments continue to work diligently together to develop these regulations, informed in part by outreach to outside stakeholders, as appropriate. While we continue to work toward completion of this important and complex proposal, the publication of the proposed regulations is currently anticipated to occur in Spring 2015, rather than January 18, 2015, as stipulated in WIOA.

In Spring 2015, the Departments of Labor and Education plan to concurrently publish five Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) to implement WIOA. One of these will be a joint NPRM involving jointly administered activities including unified and combined state plans, performance, and aspects of the one- stop system. Another NPRM will implement the remaining provisions of Title I and Title III that are administered by the Department of Labor. Three additional NPRMs involve Department of Education programs, including one implementing Title II Adult Education and Literacy and two implementing the Title IV Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of WIOA. These five NPRMs will be published in the Federal Register and posted on www.regulations.gov, where public comments can be submitted following publication. The Departments of Labor and Education will analyze these public comments, and anticipate issuing Final Rules implementing WIOA in early 2016.

Because many provisions of WIOA go into effect July 1, 2015, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) also will issue operating guidance in Spring 2015 to support implementation. In addition, ETA intends to issue targeted guidance documents in the Spring, accompanied by technical assistance activities. Once issued, the guidance can be accessed at www.doleta.gov/wioa/.

To achieve successful implementation and the full vision of WIOA, ETA will continue to consult with the workforce system and strongly advises states and local areas to begin planning and taking action to prepare to implement WIOA immediately. There are legislative and technical assistance tools currently available at www.doleta.gov/wioa that can support initial WIOA transitional activities.


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