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Our mission — to provide leadership and resources to assist state and other agencies in providing vocational rehabilitation(VR) and other services to individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and integration into the community and the competitive labor market.

RSA is charged with

  • administering formula and discretionary grant programs authorized by Congress;
  • evaluating, monitoring, and reporting on the implementation of Federal policy and programs and the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and other related programs for individuals with disabilities;
  • coordinating with other Federal agencies, State agencies, and the private sector including professional organizations, service providers, and organizations of persons with disabilities for the review of program planning, implementation, and monitoring issues.

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act



See also Previously Posted Information about WIOA



Overview


WIOA became law on July 22, 2014. This legislation and its implementing regulations are designed to strengthen and improve the nation’s public workforce development 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. Title IV of WIOA amended title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

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Joint WIOA Policy Guidance


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Joint WIOA Technical Assistance Resources


  • Joint Webinars
  • FAQs about One-Stop Infrastructure Costs
  • Sample Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Infrastructure Costs Toolkit
    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.
  • The Playlists: Disability Resources for WIOA Practitioners
    High-quality service to individuals with disabilities is a critical goal of WIOA partners and practitioners. You may obtain a wealth of technical assistance resources to help you reach that goal with these ten playlists. Each playlist is a carefully selected set of links to resources such as toolkits, reports, online courses, and videos on a specific topic related to improving service to individuals with disabilities. The resources are intended for use by workforce development professionals, employers, rehabilitation services providers, adult educators, and other practitioners.
  • WIOA Convenings - Spring 2017
    The Department of Labor, in collaboration with its Departments of Education and Health and Human Services partners, hosted three WIOA convenings in Dallas (April 18-20), San Diego (May 8-10), and Washington, D.C. (May 23-25). The convenings continued to support WIOA implementation, building upon the regulations and guidance, virtual training, and resources already available to the workforce development system.

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WIOA Title IV Frequently Asked Questions


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WIOA Title IV Technical Assistance Resources


  • Performance Accountability Overview for Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
    RSA has developed a training curriculum which provides an overview of the joint guidance issued in Technical Assistance Circulars TAC-17-01 and TAC-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. Contact RSAData@ed.gov with any questions or comments about the training.
  • Essential Elements of Customized Employment
    The Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center and the Youth Technical Assistance Center, funded by the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, entered into a partnership with Griffin-Hammis Associates, TransCen, Inc., Marc Gold & Associates, and Virginia Commonwealth University to develop a document to identify the essential elements of customized employment (CE) as a guide for the universal application of these elements across service delivery and training providers. CE is a strategy to help individuals with barriers to employment achieve competitive integrated employment through tailoring jobs to the abilities of individuals and the needs of employers.
    The Essential Elements of Customized Employment will result in consistency of CE training content across the nation, an increase in CE training providers, an increase in the capacity and sustainability of CE as a service to individuals in need of the service, and a significant increase in the number of individuals who obtain competitive integrated employment through the strategies, techniques, and interventions articulated in this document.
  • Case Service Report RSA-911
    For more information on the RSA-911, please review Supporting Information for the RSA-911 Data where you will find links to
    • Policy Directives,
    • Webinars,
    • FAQs,
    • Guidelines: Supporting Documentation for Case Service Report
  • Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities
    On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed Public Law No. 115-13, which rescinded the Department of Education’s regulations relating to accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as reauthorized by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In order to reflect these changes, OSERS has revised and is reissuing “A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities” to remove references to the now rescinded ESSA regulations.
  • Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) Conference - Fall 2016
    RSA, together with its federal partners in the Department of Labor, provided technical assistance on the final regulations under titles I and IV of WIOA at the CSAVR fall conference. Under title I, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing the joint performance indicators and one-stop infrastructure costs. Under title IV, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the VR and SE programs, as well as final regulations implementing section 511.
  • Transition-Related Changes to the VR Program Regulations
    On October 13, 2016, RSA and OSEP held a webinar on transition-related changes to the VR program regulations, resulting from WIOA, including transition-related definitions specific to the provision of pre-employment transition services and transition services; the scope of pre-employment transition services, group transition services and individualized transition services; requirements of and considerations related to the formal interagency agreement between State educational agencies and VR agencies; and limitations on the use of subminimum wage. The OSEP website contains other technical assistance resources.
  • RSA Regional Meetings on Program-Specific Requirements
    In the summer and fall of 2016, RSA held three regional meetings on the final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the VR and SE programs, as well as those implementing section 511 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). In the regional meetings, RSA provided technical assistance on the following areas: competitive integrated employment, employment outcome, and limitations on the use of subminimum wage; transition services, including pre-employment transition services; supported employment; and fiscal requirements.

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WIOA State Plans


  • WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans
    The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce the availability of the approved WIOA Unified and Combined State Plans. The public may view, download, or search the State Plans for information on how states are implementing WIOA. The search feature provides users a method for searching any or all State Plans based on a topic, word or phrase within a section, multiple sections, or the entirety of a State Plan, and to compare strategies and practices.
  • WIOA State Plan Portal
    The State Plan Portal is part of the State Plan Requirements Information Collection Request (ICR) (OMB No. 1205-0522) and has been approved as the method by which States should submit their Unified or Combined State Plan. See also Additional State Plan Portal resources and Request a User account for WIOA State Plan Portal.

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WIOA Final Rules


On August 19, 2016, the Departments of Labor and Education announced the publication of the final rules implementing WIOA in the Federal Register:

On December 2, 2016, the Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center (CRC) announced the publication of the WIOA Section 188 nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations (29 CFR Part 38) in the Federal Register. For more information, please visit the CRC website.

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WIOA Federal Partner Websites


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Find out about RSA programs in your state. Choose a state from the drop-down box and click GO, or click your state on the map.

   
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What's New in RSA




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)

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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)



Commissioner's Corner


The third edition of Commissioner's Corner is now on-line.

(January 19, 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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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):

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)

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Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities


The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is pleased to publish A Transition Guide to Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities (PDF, 1.1MB). This guide is being issued by OSERS, the Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Office of Special Education Programs to advance our efforts in ensuring that all students and youth with disabilities are equipped with the skills and knowledge to be engaged in the 21st century workforce. This transition guide addresses the following topics to facilitate a seamless transition from school to post-school activities:

  • Transition planning: opportunities and programs;
  • Transition services and requirements, as authorized by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Rehabilitation Act as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);
  • Education and employment options for students and youth with disabilities after leaving secondary school; and
  • Supporting decisions made by students and youth with disabilities.

We recognize the significance of collaborative partnerships and hope that the information in this guide will assist students and youth with disabilities and their families in developing and pursuing their goals for adult life. Additionally, this transition guide will help students and youth with disabilities and their families to better understand how State educational agencies, local educational agencies, and State Vocational Rehabilitation agencies work together to facilitate improved outcomes for students and youth with disabilities.

(January 13, 2017)

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Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Core Programs


TAC-17-01 — "Performance Accountability Guidance for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I, Title II, Title III and Title IV Core Programs" PDF (1.4MB)

(December 20, 2016)

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WIOA State Plans


The Departments of Labor and Education are pleased to announce the availability of the approved Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified or Combined State Plans at WIOA State Plans. The public and workforce system stakeholders may view, download, or search the State Plans for information on how states are undertaking the implementation of WIOA. The search feature provides users a method for searching any or all State plans based on a topic, word or phrase within a section, multiple sections, or the entirety of a State plan, and to compare strategies and practices.

(December 15, 2016)

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Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) - November 2016


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), together with its federal partners in the Departments of Education and Labor, provided technical assistance on the final regulations under titles I and IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) at the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) fall conference, November 7 through November 10, 2016. Under title I, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing the joint performance indicators and the one-stop infrastructure. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, the technical assistance addressed final regulations implementing program-specific changes made to the State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program, as well as final regulations implementing new section 511, Limitations on the Use of Subminimum Wage.

(November 23, 2016)

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Webinars


RSA maintains a page listing upcoming and past webinars. You may find these webinars of particular interest.

(October 14, 2016)

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RSA-911


The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) announces the posting of the first in a series of webinars related to the changes and the collection and reporting of data via the Case Service Report RSA-911. In this recorded webinar, RSA staff provide an overview of the performance measures, key terms in the joint guidance, information on how the terms apply to VR and the RSA-911. RSA also discusses the deliverable timelines for 2016 and 2017 and how to use the RSA-911 data to monitor the performance of the VR program within the state agency.

Download the webinar and transcript for “RSA-911 - Introduction to Data Collection and Reporting Requirements” from the National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (NCRTM) website.

Also, you may be interested in the page Supporting Information for the RSA-911 Data.

(October 5, 2016)

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RSA's programs are listed below. Please click on a link to view information about the program, or tab to or click on the info ico to view a brief description of the program.

Vocational rehabilitation and supported employment

Training

Client advocacy

Underserved populations

Demonstration projects

Technical assistance centers

Other RSA programs

Unified State Plan partner programs

Grants & Funding



The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), through its many programs and projects, provides an array of discretionary grants and other funding opportunities to serve individuals with disabilities and their families. Please find out more about those opportunities below.



Discretionary Grant Applications


Click on Discretionary Grant Applications to learn more about discretionary grant funding opportunities available from RSA.


Formula Grant Programs


Formula grant programs are allocations of money to states or their subdivisions in accordance with a distribution formula prescribed by law or administrative regulation for activities of a continuing nature not confined to a specific project.


Scholarships


RSA awards grants to colleges and universities for providing scholarship assistance to students.


 


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Orientation & Technical Assistance Guide for State Vocational Rehabilitation Directors



RSA is working on a new version of this guide incorporating changes mandated by WIOA. We hope to publish in spring 2017.

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Annual Reports



The RSA Annual Reports provide a description of the activities of RSA. RSA is the principal agency for carrying out Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The reports for Fiscal Years 2016, 2015, and 2014 are under review at this time.

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