Office of the Commissioner: Mark Schultz, Commissioner and Carol Dobak, Acting Deputy Commissioner
RSA is led by a Commissioner who advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services on programs and issues affecting individuals with disabilities. The Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner provide overall direction, coordination, and leadership to RSA's two Divisions.
RSA is established by Congress as the principal Federal agency authorized to carry out Titles I, III, VI, and VII, as well as Section 509 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Additionally, RSA administers programs and activities under the Randolph-Sheppard Act, as amended.
The programs administered by RSA develop and implement comprehensive systems of vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and independent living services for older individuals who are blind through the provision of services, training, and advocacy to maximize the employment, independence, and integration of individuals with disabilities in their communities.
RSA accomplishes its mission by:
- 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, independent living, and, other related programs for individuals with disabilities; and
- 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.
State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division: Carol Dobak, Director
The State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division (SMPID) is responsible for State Plan review and approval and monitoring formula grant programs to ensure consistency with Federal requirements and to ensure that states continue to implement programs designed to improve results for individuals with disabilities. SMPID consists of four Units and four State Teams.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program Unit: Suzanne Mitchell, Chief
Technical Assistance Unit: RoseAnn Ashby, Chief
Fiscal Unit: David Steele, Chief
Data Collection and Analysis Unit: Christopher Pope, Chief
Training and Service Programs Division: Mary Lovley, Director
The Training and Services Programs Division (TSPD) administers several programs under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by WIOA, and the Randolph-Sheppard Act. The programs are a mix of competitive, discretionary grants, state formula grants and direct appropriations. TSPD consists of two units. The Training Programs Unit administers the rehabilitation training and special demonstration programs while the Service Programs Unit administers direct service-related programs and projects. TSPD staff carry out the following activities in administering these programs:
- Monitor grants and provide technical assistance;
- Conduct discretionary grant competitions and process grant awards;
- Coordinate arbitrations for the Randolph-Sheppard program;
- Review and analyze data, prepare reports including the annual summary of the vendors and vending facilities; and
- Work with grantees to develop program performance measures, which are used to evaluate and monitor grantees.