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RSA Publishes MTAG and Announces Monitoring Reviews

On January 17, 2023, RSA published the FFY 2023 Monitoring and Technical Assistance Guide (MTAG). The MTAG is also available at FFY 2023 VR Program Monitoring. RSA updated the MTAG in collaboration with six VR agency directors and leaders representing CSAVR and NCSAB. The MTAG is intended to serve as a resource and planning guide for VR agencies and RSA State Teams to assist in the preparation for and conduct of monitoring and technical assistance activities in both program and fiscal performance focus areas. The goal of monitoring and technical assistance is to support VR agencies in maximizing the use of VR program funds and fostering continuous improvement in competitive integrated employment outcomes achieved by individuals with disabilities, taking into account the unique circumstances and needs of each VR agency.

In FFY 2023, RSA will monitor the following 12 agencies through the conduct of on-site and off-site reviews: Arkansas-G, Florida-B, Georgia-C, Indiana-C, Louisiana-C, Nevada-C, North Carolina-G, Ohio-C, Oklahoma-C, Puerto Rico-C, Tennessee-C, and Texas-C. 

(January 17, 2023)

New VR Program Data Dashboards

Since PY 2017, RSA has shared Case Service Report (RSA-911) data dashboards with State VR agencies to support quality assurance, improve data quality, and foster data-driven decision making in the VR program. RSA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the VRTAC-QM and RehabData Workgroup to redesign the data dashboards for PY 2022. The new tools include not only more data, but historical data and enhanced metrics for all State VR agencies in a single accessible Excel workbook that RSA will update each quarter. 

On December 19, 2022, RSA and the VRTAC-QM provided a demonstration of the data dashboards during a live webinar. A recording of the webinar is available at the VRTAC-QM

(January 13, 2023)

NCSAB Fall 2022 Conference

The theme of NCSAB's Fall 2022 Conference is "The Power of Connection and Collaboration." On November 2, 2022, OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Katy Neas delivered a keynote and RSA leaders presented fiscal and performance data along with updates related to RSA programs, including the State VR Services Program. Please view RSA's presentation titled, RSA Financial Update & WIOA Performance Accountability and VR Program Data Collection and ReportingPerformance data is available in this Accessible Excel file

(November 2, 2022)

CSAVR Fall 2022 Conference

The theme of CSAVR's Fall 2022 Conference is the "Future is Now." During the conference, OSERS Acting Assistant Secretary Katy Neas delivered a keynote and RSA leaders presented fiscal and performance data along with other information related to the programs RSA administers. Below are slide decks of two presentations RSA delivered: 

(October 31, 2022)

RSA Publishes PY 2021 WIOA Annual Reports

On October 28, 2022, RSA published the PY 2021 WIOA Annual Reports for the VR program. In addition to information related to the characteristics and barriers to employment of the participants served the VR program, the national summary and State-level reports include performance results across the five WIOA performance indicators for the third consecutive year:

  1. Measurable Skill Gains Rate (participants during PY 2021);
  2. Employment Rate in the Second Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during PY 2020);
  3. Median Earnings in the Second Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during PY 2020);
  4. Employment Rate in the Fourth Quarter after Exit (participants who exited during CY 2020); and
  5. Credential Attainment Rate (participants who exited during CY 2020)

The sixth indicator, Effectiveness in Serving Employers, remained in pilot during PY 2021. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration will publish the ESE results in the title I and III program reports.

(October 28, 2022)

RSA Awards $177 Million in SWTCIE Grants to Support Competitive Integrated Employment

On September 21, 2022, RSA announced new five-year grant awards for the Subminimum Wage to Competitive Integrated Employment (SWTCIE) demonstration project to 14 VR agencies through the Disability Innovation Fund. The purpose of these discretionary grants is to decrease the use of subminimum wages and increase access to competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. Learn more about the 14 SWTCIE  projects and read the U.S. Department of Education's press release

(September 21, 2022)

ED and DOL Update WIOA Performance Accountability Guidance

On September 15, 2022, ED and DOL updated the joint policy guidance related to the WIOA Performance Accountability system and RSA reissued TAC-17-01 titled Performance Accountability Guidance for WIOA Core Programs. This joint policy guidance rescinds and replaces TAC 17-01, published on August 23, 2017.

This update reflects changes made to the information collection request (OMB Control No. 1205-0526), after August 23, 2017, and incorporates other changes to improve clarity of the guidance. On page 66, Attachment X summarizes substantive and technical revisions in the order in which they appear. The remainder of the joint policy guidance remains unchanged.

(September 15, 2022)

ED and DOL Propose Definition for Effectiveness in Serving Employers

On September 15, 2022, ED and DOL announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to incorporate a standard definition for the Effectiveness in Serving Employers performance indicator in the WIOA joint regulations. RSA encourages State VR agencies and stakeholders to provide feedback during the 60-day public comment period that closes on November 14, 2022. The proposed rule is published in the Federal Register.

(September 14, 2022)

Federal Partners Release “Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities”

On August 16, 2022, along with its Federal partners, RSA released Resource Leveraging and Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities. The resource, which comprises a Federal Joint Communication to State and Local Governments and a Frequently Asked Questions document, focus on the benefits of and support for blending, braiding, and sequencing resources to increase competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities.

The partner agencies include the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Employment and Training Administration (ETA); U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Community Living, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services and Office of Special Education Programs; and the Social Security Administration's Office of Retirement and Disability Policy.

On October 18, 2022, ETA issued a Training Employment Notice (07-22) that includes additional resources. 

(August 16, 2022)

Federal Partners Release "A Framework for Community Engagement"

On August 3, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published A Framework for Community Engagement – A Pathway to Competitive Integrated Employment. The employment of individuals with disabilities benefits our communities and our nation as they maximize their skills and talents and contribute fully to our economy.

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, this paper, targeted to both policymakers and service providers, presents a joint Federal vision for community engagement by individuals with disabilities. Community engagement, supported by a variety of service systems, enables individuals with disabilities to expand skills and experience so that they may secure high-quality and personally satisfying careers and jobs and the benefits of employment. In addition to explaining what community engagement means and its benefits, this paper contains information about the wide variety of services, that when provided together, expand opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities to achieve competitive integrated employment.

(August 3, 2022)