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RSA, Legislation and Policy


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 title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

WIOA was signed into law on July 22, 2014. This 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.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), (PDF 791KB) establishes programs and initiatives administered by RSA.

Other Legislation

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.



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.


Sub-Regulatory Policy

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:



To learn more about RSA—or use tools and download data—visit our Web portal at https://rsa.ed.gov or click on one of the links below.

Last Modified: 08/08/2017