Vocational Rehabilitation Stakeholder Quarterly Teleconference with OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz
On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Acting Assistant Secretary and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) Commissioner Mark Schultz held his quarterly teleconference with vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies and other stakeholders to share current RSA events and answer questions about the VR program.
RSA Frequently-Asked Questions About Fiscal Management of the VR Program in the Current COVID-19 Environment.
A frequently-asked questions document in response to inquiries from State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies concerning the fiscal management of the VR program as they seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the current COVID-19 environment.
Vocational Rehabilitation Stakeholder Teleconference with OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Acting Assistant Secretary Mark Schultz held a stakeholder teleconference with vocational rehabilitation agencies and other grantees to share their questions and concerns about the unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States and the challenges it poses for vocational rehabilitation agencies and the delivery of services. Also, representatives of the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center presented on the technical assistance they are providing to vocational rehabilitation agencies as they engage in distance communication and virtual service delivery to individuals with disabilities. In addition, two State vocational rehabilitation agencies shared service delivery challenges they are facing in this health crisis.
If you have any questions, please contact your RSA state liaison.
RSA Frequently-Asked Questions About Implementing Performance Accountability Provisions Under WIOA in the COVID19 Environment.
A frequently-asked questions document about implementing performance accountability provisions under title I of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies seek to provide continuity of operations for individuals with disabilities in the COVID-19 environment.
Notice of Interpretation: Pre-Employment Transition Services Flexibility Regarding the Use of Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
In February 28 Federal Register, OSERS issued a notice of interpretation (NOI) to:
Clarify current policy regarding the use of Federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) funds reserved for the provision of pre-employment transition services to pay for auxiliary aids and services needed by all students with disabilities in order to access or participate in required pre-employment transition services under section 113(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; and
Announce a change in policy with respect to additional VR services needed by eligible students with disabilities that may be paid for with Federal VR grant funds reserved for the provision of pre-employment transition services and the circumstances under which those funds may be used to pay for those additional VR services.
There will be a public comment period from February 28, 2020 through March 30, 2020.
Increasing Postsecondary Opportunities and Success for Students and Youth with Disabilities
The Department issued a Questions and Answers document (Q&A), with an accompanying Appendix, on the dual enrollment of students with disabilities in secondary school and postsecondary education institutions, including comprehensive transition and postsecondary education programs for students with intellectual disabilities.
New Commissioner Leads U.S. Education Department’s Rehabilitation Services Administration
Mark Allan Schultz, most recently a deputy commissioner at the Nebraska Department of Education, will lead the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). RSA assists states and other agencies in their work to provide vocational rehabilitation and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.
Read more on the OSERS Blog.
Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
On May 16, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor issued a technical assistance resource titled Collaboration Opportunities: WIOA Youth and Vocational Rehabilitation Programs. This resource is intended to provide a high-level overview of these two programs and improve coordination of workforce preparation activities and employment services between these two core programs. The document offers strategies and resources to increase collaboration between the State and local agencies under these two programs, as well as program providers, so they may more effectively serve youth with disabilities.
Case Service Report (RSA-911)
On May 6, 2019, RSA issued PD-19-03 including the revised Case Service Report (RSA-911) for implementation beginning in Program Year (PY) 2020, beginning July 1, 2020. PD-16-04 remains in effect for PY 2018 and PY 2019. RSA also posted the Case Service Report (RSA-911) Correction Procedures. This technical assistance resource outlines the options available to State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies to correct information reported on the RSA-911 when errors in data collection or reporting are identified.
State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement
On May 3, 2019, the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor made available to the public workforce development system the State Wage Interchange System (SWIS) Data Sharing Agreement. To review the SWIS Agreement, SWIS Background Information, and an Informational Webcast, please visit the Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION).
WIOA Program Year 2017 Reports
WIOA requires States to submit an annual statewide performance report, including information on levels of performance achieved with respect to the primary indicators of performance. For Program Year (PY) 2017, State VR agencies reported some of this information to RSA for the first time under WIOA. PY 2017 data only includes performance for the Measurable Skill Gains indicator for the VR program because this was the only primary indicator for which data were available for reporting in PY 2017. To view each State report and the national summary for the VR program, please visit WIOA Annual Reports (PY 2017).
Previously Posted News About RSA
View the past five years of news items on the Previously Posted News from RSA page.