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Arbitration Panels

Arbitration Panel Policies and Procedures

Sections 107d-1, and 107d-2 of the Randolph-Sheppard Act require the U.S. Department of Education to convene arbitration panels to arbitrate disputes between either a blind vendor and State Licensing Agency, or a State Licensing Agency and Federal agency.  This document contains the Department’s interim policies and procedures for carrying out its responsibilities to convene arbitration panels under the Randolph-Sheppard Act.  

Federal Register Notices

On November 3, 2021, the Department published a notice in the Federal Register indicating that the following seven arbitration panel decisions have been published: 

  1. Bird v. Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired        
  2. Bragg v. Tennessee Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services         
  3. Kneip v. Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired   
  4. Stelmach v. Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons
  5. Maryland State Department of Education v. United States General Services Administration          
  6. Altstatt v. Oklahoma Division of Rehabilitation Services                
  7. Murphy et al. v. California Department of Rehabilitation

Arbitration Panel Decisions

Under section 107d-2(c) of the Randolph-Sheppard Act, the Secretary publishes the decisions of arbitration panels selected to adjudicate disputes over the administration of vending facilities on Federal and other property. These decisions are listed below. 

  • Case No. R/S 18-09 (June 22, 2020)
    Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitative Services v. United States Department of the Army, Fort Sill

  • Case No. R-S/17-03 (June 13, 2019)
    Florida Department of Education, Division of Blind Services, v. United States Department of the Air Force, Hurlburt Field

  • Case No. R/S 16-13 (May 1, 2019)
    Missouri Department of Social Services, State Licensing Agency v. United States Department of the Army

  • Case No. R/S 16-12 (April 30, 2020)
    Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitative Services, v. United States Department of Energy-Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

  • Case No. R/S 16-09 (February 28, 2017)
    Texas v. Fort Sam Houston

  • Case No. R/S 16-08 (February 22, 2018)
    Ohio v. Wright Patterson Air Force Base

  • Case No. R/S 16-07 (July 31, 2017)
    Hawaii v. the Department of the Army, Schofield Barracks

  • Case No. R/S 16-04 (January 30, 2018)
    Florida v. The Department of Defense, Tyndall Air Force Base

  • Case No. R/S 15-20 (October 8, 2018)
    California Department of Rehabilitation v. United States Department of the Navy

  • Case No. R/S 15-19 (April 24, 2018)
    New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Vision Impaired v. the Department of the Air Force, Fort Dix

  • Case No. R/S 15-16 (September 26, 2017)
    Hooks v. North Carolina

  • Case No. R/S 15-15 (January 10, 2017)
    Kansas Department of Children and Families v. The Department of the Army, Fort Riley

  • Case No. R/S 15-14 (August 8, 2017)
    Phyliss Davis v. the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

  • Case No. R/S 15-13 (February 2, 2017)
    Florida v. US Air Force

  • Case No. R/S 15-12 (December 23, 2016) 
    Cyrus v. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

  • Case No. R/S 15-10 (September 2, 2016) 
    Oklahoma v. Fort Sill

  • Case No. R/S 15-07 (November 21, 2016) 
    South Carolina v. US Army

  • Case No. R/S 15-06 (November 21, 2017) 
    Homan v. Maryland

  • Case No. R/S 13-13 (November 2, 2016) 
    Texas v. the Department of the Army, Fort Bliss

  • Case No. R/S 13-09 (January 11, 2016) 
    Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency v. United States Department of Defense, Department of the Army, Fort Stewart, Georgia

  • Case No. R/S 13-08 (February 27, 2017)
    Sheets v. State of California Department of Rehabilitation

  • Case No. R/S 13-04 (December 16, 2015)
    Stelmach v. Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

  • Case No. R/S 13-02 (December 30, 2015)
    Maryland v. GSA

  • Case No. R/S 13-01 (January 18, 2016)
    Altstatt v. Oklahoma

  • Case No. R/S 12-10 (February 4, 2016)
    Murphy et al v. California

  • Case No. R/S 12-03 (June 22, 2015)
    Kneip v. Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Case No. R/S 12-01 (January 10, 2018) 
    Taylor v. Wisconsin

  • Case No. R/S 11-07/08 (August 18, 2017) 
    John Burt et al v. the Louisiana Workforce Commission; Terry Camardelle et al v. The Louisiana Workforce Commission Consolidated Decision

  • Case No. R/S 11-05 (July 19, 2018)
    Bird v. Oregon

  • Case No. R/S 10-11 (January 23, 2015)
    Bragg v. Tennessee Department of Human Services Division of Rehabilitation Services

  • Case No. R/S 10-10 (May 16, 2013)
    Bird v. Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired

  • Case No. R/S 10-09 (February 20, 2018; Supplemental decision received on October 15, 2018)
    California Vendor Policy Committee v. the California Department of Rehabilitation

  • Case No. R/S 10-07 (May 15, 2013)
    California v. General Services Administration

  • Case No. R/S 10-04 (December 7, 2013)
    Jones v. Pennsylvania

Arbitration Panel Decisions by Keyword

The arbitration panel decisions above are grouped by common keywords in this Word document