National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2018
Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and promotes the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, this year’s NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”
To recognize NDEAM, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will publish a series of blogs, in partnership with the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation, throughout the month. The series will celebrate the career successes of individuals with disabilities who received vocational rehabilitation (VR) services and highlight some of the partnerships state VR agencies have established with businesses across the country. Read the OSERS Blog.
(October 3, 2018)
Fall 2018 Upcoming Events
- Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Fiscal Conference in Collaboration with RSA
August 20-22, 2018
For more information and conference registration, please visit CSAVR’s Fiscal Conference page.
- 11th Annual Summit on Performance Management Excellence
September 4-6, 2018
Oklahoma City, OK
For information and conference registration, please visit the Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance Technical Assistance Center’s Registration page.
- Fall 2018 National Rehabilitation Education Conference
October 25-27, 2018
For information and conference registration, please visit the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s Fall Conference page.
- CSAVR Fall 2018 Conference
October 27-31, 2018
Long Beach, CA
For more information and conference registration, please visit CSAVR’s Fall Conference page.
(July 30, 2018)
WIOA Annual Report Training
This Rehabilitation Services Administration WIOA Annual Report Training provides an overview of the WIOA Annual Report submission timeline and State requirements. It also includes a demonstration of the submission portal. The WIOA Annual Report template is available on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration website. Please email RSAData@ed.gov if you have any questions about the WIOA Annual Report or submission process.
(July 30, 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)
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)
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