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Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment (CSNA)

The CSNA Guide and appendices provide State VR agencies and State Rehabilitation Councils with tools necessary to meet the requirements of the CSNA. The WIOA amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 added two new requirements; the CSNA must identify, report, and address the vocational rehabilitation service needs of youth with disabilities and students with disabilities with respect to:

  • their need for pre-employment transition services or other transition services; and
  • an assessment of the needs for transition services and pre-employment transition services and the extent to which such services are coordinated with transition services provided under the IDEA. 

While this Guide has not been updated to include the new requirements, the recommended process for conducting a CSNA is still appropriate.

VR Needs Assessment Guide (PDF, 776KB)

VR Needs Assessment Guide Appendices (PDF, 1.9MB)

VR Needs Assessment Training (PDF, 128KB)

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Monitoring of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program

Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), requires the Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to conduct annual reviews and periodic on-site monitoring of programs authorized under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, to determine whether a state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency is complying substantially with the provisions of its state plan under Section 101 and with the Evaluation Standards and Performance Indicators established under Section 106.

RSA monitoring and technical assistance reports are available here beginning with Federal Fiscal year (FFY) 2007. RSA has also made available the relevant Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG) and other guides that RSA used each FFY.

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Total Awards to RSA Grantees

Note on this table: the numbers shown represent the sum of awards made during the fiscal year to RSA grantees. There may be additional set-asides for the program which are not shown.

[Table below may come from block/views to calculate the table automatically]

Total Awards to RSA Grantees
CFDA Number Program Number of Awards FY-2020 Current Awards FY-2020 Total Awarded FY-2019 Total Awarded FY-2018
84.126A Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants 77 $474,255,804 $3,220,973,902 $3,184,848,744


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Note on this table: the numbers shown represent the awards made during the fiscal year to RSA grantees. There may be additional set-asides for the program which are not shown.

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Who May Apply: State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies may apply.

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Technical Assistance

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This page will include information and resources designed to assist grantees in carrying out their responsibilities as stewards of Federal funds. It will include overviews of where to find key fiscal regulations that apply to all Federal grants, such as those in the Uniform Guidance at 2 CFR 200, as well as fiscal rules that apply to specific programs, such as those in the VR program regulations at 34 CFR 361.

This page will also include other fiscal documents not listed in the Policy section of the RSA website, Frequently Asked Questions, pre-recorded webinars, and resources available through technical assistance centers. 

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Match Calculator

The Fiscal Unit provides this Match Calculator for calculating both Non-Federal Shared Based on Grant Award Amount and Maximum Amount of Federal Funds Potentially Available Based on Non-Federal Share Amount.

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About Fiscal Unit

Within the State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division, the Fiscal Unit is charged with: 

  • Developing and maintaining fiscal performance data profiles for RSA formula award grantees;
  • Implementing a fiscal monitoring process to determine if grantees are meeting their fiscal obligations under statute;
  • Overseeing the resolution of audit findings (single audits, inspector general audits, Government Accountability Office reports); 
  • Supporting the fiscal monitoring reviews and audit resolution activities carried out by the RSA State Teams;
  • Monitoring formula grant matching requirements and computing maintenance of effort; and
  • Applying statutory requirements for the allotment of funds for rehabilitation programs.

Fiscal Unit Staff

Financial Management Specialists are assigned specific States and other grantees with whom they work. When corresponding with staff in the Fiscal Unit, please include the FAIN associated with the request in the subject line of your email.

  • Fiscal Unit Chief: David Steele
  • Team 1: Patricia Dickerson
    • States and Territories: CA, NY, HI, WI, AL, MT, NM, TN, NV, AZ, ID, OR, and U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Team 2: Craig McManus
    • States and Territories: MI, LA, NJ, IN, VT, AK, WV, NE, OH, AR, MN, DC, and Guam
  • Team 3: David Miller 
    • States and Territories: TX, IA, GA, IL, MD, CO, WY, DE, MO, ND, ME, MS, NC, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa
  • Team 4: Arseni Popov
    • States and Territories: PA, CT, SC, VA, FL, NH, SD, MA, OK, RI, UT, WA, KS, KY, and Northern Marianas

Getting Help

  1. For help with G5 (, the U.S. Department of Education’s Financial Management System for Grant Awards, contact the EDCAPS Helpdesk at (202) 401-6238.
  2. For program-related questions, contact the RSA State Liaison
  3. For fiscal-related questions, email the Financial Management Specialist assigned to the State and copy the RSA State Liaison
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State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program

CFDA Number: 84.126A
Program Type: Formula Grants

Program Description

The State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program is authorized by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Administered by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), this program provides grants to assist States in operating statewide vocational rehabilitation (VR) programs, each of which is an integral part of a statewide workforce development system. State VR programs provide VR services for individuals with disabilities, consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in competitive integrated employment or supported employment and achieve economic self-sufficiency. To be eligible for the VR program, individuals must have a physical or mental impairment that results in a substantial impediment to employment and who require and can benefit from VR services to achieve employment and maximize career goals. Some states may have more than one VR agency, one for individuals who are blind and one for all other individuals with disabilities. Priority must be given to serving individuals with the most significant disabilities if a State VR agency is unable to serve all eligible individuals. In addition to serving individuals determined eligible for the VR program, State VR agencies may also provide pre-employment transition services to  students with disabilities who are potentially eligible for the VR program. VR agencies also engage with employers to increase job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.


Funds are distributed to states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories  based on the statutory formula that takes into account population and per capita income in determining the amount of Federal funds made available to each grantee for VR program purposes. Grant funds are administered under the approved VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan in accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Unified and Combined State Plan Requirements.

VR implementing regulations require that the state incur a portion of expenditures under the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan from non-Federal funds to meet its cost sharing requirements (34 C.F.R. § 361.60). The Federal share for expenditures made by the state, including expenditures for the provision of VR services and the administration of the VR services portion of the Unified or Combined State Plan, is 78.7 percent. The state’s share is 21.3 percent of the total program cost. The VR program considers non-Federal share to be allowable as match only when obligated during the year of appropriation of an award.

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