Request for Information on the Future Direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program
A Request for Information (RFI) on the Future Direction of the Rehabilitation Training Program was posted in the Federal Register on May 4, 2018. The U.S. Department of Education (Department) is requesting input on the portfolio of grants supported under the Rehabilitation Training Program, specifically those supported under the Rehabilitation Long-Term Training, Rehabilitation Short-Term Training, and Innovative Rehabilitation Training authorities to determine whether the activities funded under the Rehabilitation Training Program are aligned with the goals of the Department and the needs of State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies. We will use the information gathered in response to this request for information (RFI) to determine whether any changes are needed in designing and implementing grant activities under this program, including the specific mix of activities supported each year.
Comments must be received on or before July 3, 2018. The RFI is located at https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2018-09429.
(May 4, 2018)
Submission Procedures for Prior Written Approval Requests
RSA is pleased to announce the publication of RSA Technical Assistance Circular (TAC) 18-02 titled "Submission Procedures for Prior Written Approval Requests under the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Program" (PDF, 113 KB).
RSA-TAC-18-02 explains flexibilities for State VR agencies within the parameters of the Uniform Administrative Requirement, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance), codified at 2 CFR part 200, in the form of streamlined procedures for the submission of prior approval requests for certain cost items, specifically those for certain general purpose equipment and participant support costs. The streamlined submission procedures described should significantly reduce the burden on State VR agencies with respect to prior approval requests for certain general purpose equipment purchases and participant support costs.
If you have any questions regarding the TAC, please contact the RSA Financial Management Specialist assigned to your agency.
(April 11, 2018)
Vocational Rehabilitation Program Data Highlights
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed an infographic highlighting key data points for the national Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. The infographic provides general information about VR and summarizes the number of individuals involved in the VR process, the percentage of individuals served by disability type, the percentage receiving training and career services, and the employment rate. The infographic is in PDF format and is 128KB.
RSA is interested in your feedback on this infographic. If you have comments or ideas for future infographics or data visualizations, please contact RSAData@ed.gov.
(April 10, 2018)
WIOA Performance Accountability for Vocational Rehabilitation Programs
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has developed a training curriculum which provides an overview of the joint guidance issued in Technical Assistance Circulars (TAC) 17-01 and 17-04. This curriculum contains seven independent modules that provide information on the key terms outlined in section 116 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) as well as the six performance accountability indicators: Employment 2nd Quarter after Exit, Employment 4th Quarter after Exit, Median Earnings 2nd Quarter after Exit, Credential Attainment, Measurable Skill Gains, and Effectiveness of Serving Employers. It also provides an overview of supplemental wage guidance issued in TAC-17-04.
Please see the WIOA Performance Accountability Overview for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies posted at the National Clearinghouse of Training Materials (NCRTM) website, and contact RSAData@ed.gov with any questions or comments about the training.
(April 10, 2018)
Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) established new requirements for the development of MOUs in the one-stop service delivery system. The Innovation and Opportunity Network (ION) website has posted a Sample MOU and accompanying Cost Allocation Analyses that may be used as a reference guide or toolkit when developing an MOU. The sample MOU and toolkit includes the one-stop operating budget, Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA), and cost allocation methodologies pursuant to the requirements of section 121 of WIOA, its implementing regulations in the Joint WIOA Final Rule at 20 CFR part 678 and the corresponding Department of Education implementing regulations at 34 CFR parts 361 and 463 and the relevant guidance. For more information and to view the Sample MOU and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit, please visit https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2017/03/23/13/30/Sample_MOU_Infrastructure_Costs_Toolkit).
(March 24, 2017)
Frequently Asked Questions on Period of Performance for Formula Grant Awards
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has received requests for clarification regarding the period of performance for the Rehabilitation Services Administration’s (RSA’s) formula grant awards. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page was developed which defines the period of performance and its impact on the obligation and carryover of Federal funds. The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to RSA formula grantees that will enable them to maximize the drawdown of Federal award funds during the period of performance and assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.
(March 22, 2017)
Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQ
The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has received requests for clarification of the definition of "competitive integrated employment," particularly with respect to the "integrated employment location" criteria of that definition for purposes of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program. In response, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page has been developed which addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of "competitive integrated employment" in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)). The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.
(January 18, 2017)
Technical Assistance Circulars related to the One-Stop Service Delivery System
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the publication of two Technical Assistance Circulars (TAC):
- TAC-17-02—"One-Stop Operations Guidance for the American Job Center Network"
Jan 18, 2017 — PDF (235KB)
- TAC-17-03—"Infrastructure Funding of the One-Stop Delivery System"
Jan 18, 2017 — PDF (219KB)
This policy guidance is being issued jointly with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration.
TAC 17-02 provides general guidance for the implementation of operational requirements under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) pertaining to the one-stop delivery system, branded nationally as the American Job Center network. Due to the broad scope of the one-stop delivery system, encompassing multiple programs administered by different Federal agencies, this guidance provides the primary components for understanding and implementing an integrated American Job Center network.
TAC 17-03 provides guidance on the operating costs of the one-stop delivery system, which are comprised of infrastructure costs and additional costs (i.e., career services, shared operating costs, and shared services) in accordance with the requirements set forth in WIOA and its implementing regulations.
(January 18, 2017)
Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Core Programs
(December 20, 2016)
RSA maintains a page listing upcoming and past webinars. You may find these webinars of particular interest.
- Data Matching for WIOA Reporting
- Performance Accountability: Part I
- RSA-911: Introduction to Data Collection and Reporting Requirements
- One-Stop Infrastructure Funding Part 1
(October 14, 2016)
Previously posted news about RSA
View the past five years of news items on the Previously Posted News from RSA page.